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dogemperor [userpic]
Tis The Season for Bellringers


I lost my links to information regarding problems with the Salvation Army.

Does anyone have some good ones handy?

Update: Found some of the links I was thinking about in a post by [info]dogemperor on [info]hurricane_fema last September:

"http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/ (Sadly, new information (listed below) has forced me to list this group as dominionist; see below. Supportive of dominionist groups like "Operation Blessing" and also having restrictions on funding; has used homeless groups to fight initiatives for Fairness Ordinances and has actually threatened to close soup kitchens and homeless shelters in areas whose Fairness Ordinances require offering benefits to partners of gay/les/bi/trans individuals (http://www.365gay.com/newscon04/05/052404salArm.htm has info); dominionist groups have supported them in this (see http://www.cwfa.org/articles/7003/CFI/freedom/) and many gay/les/bi/trans groups are boycotting as a result; this has included lobbying of known dominionists in the government by the Salvation Army (see http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?ItemID=12718). Has fired people who are openly pagan from Salvation Army aid centers (http://www.holysmoke.org/wicca/cwr1-03.htm). Some people have reported that the Salvation Army (as church; yes, it is actually a Calvinist church with a pseudo-militia structure) may be a coercive religious group: see http://journals.aol.com/timblair0/TIMBLAIRUSARMYVIETNAMVETERAN/entries/332. Is a member of AERDO, which is an "umbrella group" of dominionist-friendly charities.)

(http://aolsvc.news.aol.com/news/article.adp?id=20050904143609990007 specifically has an article detailing some of the dominionist theology of the Salvation Army, which includes elements of "deliverance ministry"/"spiritual warfare". Because of this and other reports, sadly, the Salvation Army must squarely be listed as "bad guys" and people strongly recommended NOT to donate to them.)
    — http://community.livejournal.com/hurricane_fema/697.html