5 Ways Companies Are Already Ruining the Holidays
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Activists have targeted the Red Kettle campaign in particular. Gay rights activist Bil Browning writes at the Bilerico Project:
On its webpage, the group claims that "the services of The Salvation Army are available to all who qualify, without regard to sexual orientation." While the words are nice, their actions speak volumes. They blatantly ignore the position statement and deny LGBT people services unless they renounce their sexuality, end same-sex relationships, or, in some cases, attend services "open to all who confess Christ as Savior and who accept and abide by The Salvation Army's doctrine and discipline." In other words, if you're gay or lesbian, you don't qualify.
The organization also has a record of actively lobbying governments worldwide for anti-gay policies - including an attempt to make consensual gay sex illegal. (Yes, you're paying lobbyists with those donations.)....
Instead of donating to the Salvation Army, choose a different charity that will help everyone without prejudice.
Indeed, the takeaway here isn’t that you should avoid giving to charity this holiday season. Quite the contrary! Just don’t give to a group that uses bell ringers and holiday cheer to mask its hateful policies. Browning suggests instead donating to Goodwill, the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, or Habitat for Humanity.