It is my sincere belief it is practically a religious cult. Don’t get me wrong, there is no problem with a charity that endorses a specific religion, but the Salvation Army takes it to the extreme. The parallels between the Salvation Army and cults like the Hare Krishnas or the Scientologists are appalling. However, unlike them, the Salvation Army is more socially accepted due to their charity work.
Through my research, I have discovered that young members are expected to only marry within the Salvation Army and are rejected if they do otherwise. Members also have to get permission from Salvation Army leaders to do basic everyday things. Overall, the Salvation Army has far too much control over their members lives.
The Salvation Army is also far from inclusive. They refused to provide shelter to a transgender woman, Jodielynn Wiley. Also, in 2012, Salvation Army official, Major Craibe, stated that the army’s official stance is that homosexuals deserve to die. The Salvation Army has historically been widely anti-LGBT and non-inclusive.
Although the Salvation Army has had to put up a more accepting front over the past few years, these acts will not go forgotten by myself and others out there who are aware of them.
I would prefer not to make this blog post purely negative, so instead I would like to share some more inclusive charities to support instead of the Salvation Army. Some examples are the True Colors Fund, Dolores Street Community Services, and Project Chicken Soup.
Some of you may think my opinions about the Salvation Army are not based on fact. With that said, here's three articles that I hope will help you understand my stance.
Salvation Army Refuses Housing Shelter to Transgender Woman
Fact Check: Did a Salvation Army Official Say that Homosexuals Deserve to Die?
12 Reasons to Reject the Salvation Army