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UC Berkeley Student Government Demands School Ban Salvation Army from Campus for its Bias Against Gays

The UC Berkeley Student Government has passed a resolution demanding that the school ban the Salvation Army from campus over its bias against gays, Campus Reform reports:

SalvationarmyThe resolution, cleared on November 14, accuses the charity of openly discriminating against gay individuals.

“Salvation Army church services, including charity services, are available only to people ‘who accept and abide by the Salvation Army’s doctrine and discipline,’ which excludes homosexuality,” reads the bill, SB 176.

In the resolution, the student body also demands school administrators revoke the Salvation Army’s permit, which currently allows them to collect donations on the Berkeley campus.

“Allowing the Salvation Army to collect donations on campus is a form of financial assistance that empowers the organization to spend the money it raises here in order to discriminate and advocate discrimination against queer people,” it adds.

The Salvation Army denies it is anti-gay:

"The notion that we require those we help to 'accept and abide by the Salvation Army's doctrine and discipline which excludes homosexuality' to receive assistance is totally false," wrote Kathy Lovin, a spokeswoman for the Salvation Army.

In fact, the Salvation Army's bias against gays is well documented, including statements by officials that homosexuality is "an unacceptable urge", its lobbying against same-sex marriage in the UK and Australia, its threat to stop serving NYC if it had to obey an equal benefits ordinance, and its statement by an official just this year that gays should be put to death.

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  1. This is about as ridiculous as the Chick FI La deal. Why must you make such a big deal about being gay?? I don't f'kn get it.

    Posted by: LaurieK | Dec 9, 2012 8:23:38 PM

  2. All I can say is: Are you kidding me? where is your proof that the SA is anti gay or anti anything, or for that matter pro anything other than trying to bring comfort to those in need in the very community they collect funds?

    Posted by: Dr Svoboda | Dec 9, 2012 10:31:32 PM

  3. Very interesting. As usual, the homosexual and heterosexual left preach tolerance of any and all, yet practice the utmost intolerance of ideas and beliefs that run counter to their own. The next time you speak the words 'hate' and 'intolerant', be sure you are looking in a mirror. The reflection you see will be that of the cold and dark heart you falsely believe to reside in the minds and bodies of those to whom you direct your ire.

    Posted by: David | Dec 9, 2012 11:17:24 PM

  4. As a Buddhist and a Registered Nurse who has worked for the Salvation Army, I can tell you that the Army provides assistance to those who need it with absolutely no regard to that person's sexual orientation,religion, political affiliation or any other variable. The Army does not seek converts or try to impose its religious beliefs upon anyone. I am shocked to read that students at Cal would create and promote such a distorted view of the Army.

    Posted by: JoAnne Renee | Dec 10, 2012 1:18:40 AM

  5. The Salvation Army was started in Europe in the 1860's. They are truly dedicated folks who, to the best of my knowledge, do not discriminate against anyone. They have the mind of Christ, who did not discriminate either.

    Posted by: EdD | Dec 10, 2012 2:05:38 AM

  6. Really lash out against the SA? I guess the same people would say st judes childrens cancer hospital is awful as well.

    Posted by: Luke | Dec 10, 2012 2:39:04 AM

  7. Its disgusting that salvation army bullies come here to bully us in an attempt to show their not bullies.
    Phobes, get over the fact that SA is an evil piece of sh!t

    Posted by: mk_ultra_returns | Dec 18, 2012 4:54:01 PM

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