The Salvation – or Sally – Army, pictured here on the slant, are famous for many things. For dressing up like mentalists, for ringing bells, for marching down the street with their sad, pale children in tow, for helping people, for giving soup and lectures to the homeless.
Well, you might be surprised to hear that they are also famous for thinking that gays should be put to death. Now, we like a tambourine as much as the next person, but put to death? Really? That seems a little harsh.
It’s all come up from an interview given in Her Majesty’s Colony of Australia last year. Speaking to Major Andrew Craibe (he’s not a real Major, but they started the whole ‘army’ theme and they’re running with it), the Australian journalist mentioned a part in Romans (not an Audrey Hepburn movie, but a section of The Bible, capital ‘T’, capital ‘B’). This part of Romans is deemed to be so core to the Sally Army’s values that it’s included in the Salvationist Handbook of Doctrine, used to train newbies (you can only imagine what a compelling read that is).
Several chapters refer to the sin of homosexuality, including a section that cites Romans 1:18-32, which includes a admonition that homosexuals ‘deserved to die’. Here goes the Aus:
‘According to the Salvation Army gay parents deserve death. How do you respond to that, as part of your doctrine?’
‘Well, that’s a part of our belief system.’
‘So they should die?’
‘You know, we have an alignment to the Scriptures, but that’s our belief.’
So there you have it. Next time some shakes a tambourine in your face and asks for funds… Anyway, you don’t need us to tell you how to behave.
The Sally Army turn out to be a bunch of cunts!,