Boycotting Salvation Army


I know a lot of my readers are pretty hardcore into thrifting. Whether it's for everyday, for collecting or for building costumes. We've all pretty much been into a thrift store at some point or another. And so when I woke up this morning, I was pretty appalled to hear what a Salvation Army Media relations member said on public radio.

Ryan: According to the Salvation Army, [gay parents] deserve death. How do you respond to that, as part of your doctrine?
Craibe: Well, that’s a part of our belief system.
Ryan: So they should die.
Craibe: You know, we have an alignment to the Scriptures, but that’s our belief.
Ryan: You’re proposing in your doctrine that because these parents are gay, that they must die.
Craibe: Well, well, because that is part of our Christian doctrine –
Ryan: But how is that Christian? Shouldn’t it be about love?
Craibe: Well, the love that we would show is about that: consideration for all human beings to come to know salvation…
Ryan Or die…
Craibe: Well, yes.

It's not about their religious beliefs that I find offensive. It's about wishing for someone ANYONE to die. I was raised to believe that we should always treat others as we should want to be treated. And that we should never wish harm on someone else.  Regardless of that reason, and regardless of what they've done. We should NEVER wish for someone to die. And that's exactly what Major Andrew Craibe, a Salvation Army Media Relations Director, went on public radio saying. That all LGBTs parents should die.

So as an avid thrifter, donator and red-bucket-donator -- I have to say that this saddens me. Because I cannot give the Salvation Army a single penny any more. I'll be doing my thrifting elsewhere from now on.

- Stephanie



  1. Wow... don't think I'll be giving them my money anymore either. What asshats.

    Goodwill is pretty shady too, although as far as I know they've never said they want anyone to die. But they had some issue with not paying people with disabilities as much as other workers...

  2. @Erin oh wow, that's horrible. I had no idea of that either. .

  3. I've always heard about Salvation Army being extremely right wing, but had no idea it went as far as them being like "yeah totally the gays should all die." I stopped shopping them a long time ago, but now I'm tempted to take a poop on the doorstep of each one I come across.

    I'm a tad bit too classy for that, though.

    Instead, I have the fortune of being able to take my thrifting elsewhere, like Out of the Closet ( :)

  4. Anonymous2:40 PM

    You are not alone. I boycotted them years ago and I will never ever step foot in their store. That article, which I didn't even know about, further reaffirms my stance with them. Oh boy.

  5. Wow, that's pretty crazy. I'm a Christian and that is not part of our belief system! The Bible actually says that it isn't up to us to judge one another (paraphrased) and to love your neighbor. There's nothing about deciding that people should die if you think they're wrong.

  6. Thanks for raising awareness. Looks like I'll just keep popping tags at the Good Will ;)

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