Australian Salvation Army Apologizes After Official Says Gays Should Be Put to Death

The Austalian Salvation Army is apologizing for an interview in which Major Andrew Craibe, Territorial Media Relations Director for the Southern Territory in Victoria told journalists Serena Ryan and Pete Dillon that gays deserve to be put to death, Truth Wins Out reports:

CraibeRyan noted that the Salvation Army handbook cites Romans 1:18-32, a passage claiming that “God’s decree” is that homosexuals deserve death, and asked Craibe if the Salvation Army took that passage literally. Craibe replied in the affirmative, and continued to do so throughout the interview.

In response, Major Bruce Harmer, Salvation Army Communications and Public Relations Secretary for the Eastern Territory, issued a statement acknowledging that Craibe’s responses to Ryan and Dillon were a “miscommunication” that resulted in a misrepresentation of the group’s official teaching. The statement read, in part:

“The Salvation Army sincerely apologises to all members of the GLBT community and to all our clients, employees, volunteers and those who are part of our faith communities for the offence caused by this miscommunication.”

Read the full Salvation Army statement HERE.


  1. sfoster says

    Per usual, he’s probably a closeted, self hating gay guy. Which is just the same as a self hating gay guy that thinks if he can pull off stereotypical masculine attributes, that society will be fine with him. But you’re still gay and going to be lumped in with the rest of us.

  2. JellyBean says

    I used to donate to the Salvation Army, until I found out they are very much against gay people. They were pretty slick, for a while, by hiding their teachings. They finally had an article in “War Cry” that pretty much said-it-all.

  3. Jesse says

    The Salvation Army’s anti-gay stance should be pretty clear to all by now. With so many good charities out there it amazes me that some gays continue to give to these hateful charlatans.

  4. kansastock says

    Look up ‘self righteous’ and the Army clicks up right at the top. Careful how you pass this on to unknowledgeable friends and collegues as the backdraft can be powerful.

  5. Ted B. (Charging Rhino) says

    While a cost-effective charity, the SA will never get any of my money…and hasn’t for years. I always try to make a point of acknowledging the dam* Xmas bell-ringer personally, then stiffing the hope-for Red Kettle donation.

    I do think they mean well…well, most of them…but I don’t think they’re very good Christians.

  6. Randy says

    The guy from the Eastern Territory is lying. The reason the quote is in the Salvation Army church handbook is the same reason it’s in every Bible — they do believe it.

    If they didn’t believe it, it simply wouldn’t be there.

    I NEVER give to the Salvation Army church. In my community they prey on the poor, homeless, addicted, and vulnerable, and for this they are ironically regarded as heroes. I support secular alternatives.

  7. says

    The Salvation Army is not only intollerant but outright hostile in their teaching. It is my sincere hope that this fossil of an organization is entering its twilight years and that younger people will no longer be indoctrinated into an organzation that was created in another time and another world.

  8. Daniel Berry, NYC says

    Once again christians come down on the side of blood-thirst. Their doing so has been monotonous for many centuries now–so many, in fact, that you’d think even the christians themselves would have tired of it before now.

  9. andrew says

    Please religious bigots stop apologizing for your bigotry. Your bible “holy” book calls for the execution of gays, adulterers, those who work on the sabbath, those who worship gods other than yahweh or curse their parents etc. Stand up for your hateful beliefs. Stop being cowards. The battle has been joined. May the intelligent and civilized among us prevail.

  10. GregV says

    From the exchange directed at the Salvation Army:

    “Question: Why include in your handbook the Romans text from The Bible, which indicates that God insists that homosexuals deserve to die?”

    This question itself is absurd in that it is based on a false premise. Romans was a description of the opinions of SAUL OF TARSUS and in the letter, there is no indication that he is refering to anyone who is not heterosexual. He describes a religious cult which includes orgies as a part of e religious ritual to worship birds and reptiles.
    His letter has NO REFERENCE to individuals who have homosexual orientations or to couples who are of the same-sex.

  11. AJ says

    UFFDA IS one of Rick’s alte egos. Glad to see other’s are noting it. He goes from supportive to the biggest gay basher on here, with flowery little words to justify his anti gay resentment.

  12. Madred Rogers says

    I used to donate $10,000 annually to them each July. I think this year, that money will be better spent on other things. I will never support hatred.

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