For many years, I lived under the impression that although the Salvation Army had a religious base, it did not discriminate and reached out to help those in need regardless of the personal beliefs of those in need. And so, year after year, I've put money in those Christmas kettles as I lived with that assumption. 

Just over a year ago, I learned that the Salvation Army was actually a church and that some of its core beliefs are downright repulsive. Take, for instance, their hard-line view on homosexuals. On a radio interview in Australia, Serena Ryan interviewed Major Andrew Craibe, a Salvation Army Media Relations Director, who confirmed that gays "deserved to die". This statement forms part of the Salvationist Handbook of Doctrine.

Craibe made no attempt to apologize for this viewpoint, saying that believing gays should die was the Christian thing to do. The article references the interview which you can hear the juicy bits of by visiting http://youtu.be/hHdsuRxktzE.
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