It used to be more clear. I remember reading the Salvation Army did not hire gay citizens, period. Now, they are not quite so clear.
A Salvation Army spokesperson said recently, they hire “The best person for the job.” That could mean a gay person would never be hired, or, a gay person who was the best applicant would be hired. Which is it?
While the Salvation Army has the right to practice legal discrimination, it does have a moral obligation to state publicly its policies toward minorities. Along with its annual pleas for money, it should state whether it does, or does not, hire gay people.
Some would say we should not be critical of the Salvation Army because it does so many good works. The Muslim Brotherhood does good works. The Communist Party made sure the poor had enough to eat. Many organizations do good works. The question is, do they discrimination?
What if, for example, the Salvation Army said, “We hire only white people. We do not discriminate, however, because we house and feed the needy of all races. The only reason we do not hire other races is because of our religious belief God selected to be his only companions in heaven and would be displeased if we hired others.”
I would call such a policy bigoted and would donate to other equal opportunity organizations. That a bigoted organization does good works does not make it worthy of our support.
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