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Salvation Army: Gays Deserve Death

By December 7, 2012

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Apparently, the Salvation Army believes that gay people deserve to be executed. They don't quite come right out and advocate that gays all be killed, but the Salvation Army does think that this is what they deserve. This came out in an interview of Major Andrew Craibe, a media relations director for the Salvation Army in Australia.

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Officially, the Salvation Army has refused to endorse Craibe's remarks about gays deserving to die. At the same time, though, they also haven't specifically repudiated them. And how can they? Craibe's remarks are simply an affirmation of the Salvation Story: Salvationist Handbook of Doctrine which is, itself, relying on Romans 1:18-32.

Serena Ryan: According to the Salvation Army, [gay people] deserve death. How do you respond to that, as part of your doctrine?

Major Andrew Craibe: Well, that's a part of our belief system.

Ryan: So we should die.

Craibe: You know, we have an alignment to the Scriptures, but that's our belief.

The doctrine they're referring to is, as Queerty's Dan Avery reports, the Salvation Story: Salvationist Handbook of Doctrine, which borrows heavily from Romans 1:18-32 and states:

For this reason God gave them up to degrading passions. Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and in the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error. . .

They know God's decree, that those who practise such things deserve to die--yet they not only do them but even applaud others who practise them.

Source: The Atlantic

The Salvation Army is an abominably bigoted and discriminatory organization that goes to great lengths to appear to be kind, caring, and helpful to the general public. They would prefer that people not pay too much attention to just how reactionary and oppressive their religious doctrines are. They would prefer that people not notice that they aren't too far off from some of the worst of the Christian Right, like the Westboro Baptist Church.

That said, it has to be acknowledged that neither the Salvation Army nor any like-minded Christian organizations comes up with these ideas out of nowhere. These ideas are all based on the Bible and Christian traditions. They may not be absolutely required by the Bible and Christian tradition, but the connections are reasonable and easy to justify. Thus the source of the problems are the Bible and Christian history.

December 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm
(1) Deucalion says:

And this is why in my home the Bible stays right where it belongs… Next to the toilet in case I run out of REAL toilet tissue.

December 7, 2012 at 11:52 pm
(2) Daniel in the Lions' Den says:

Austin, thank you for posting this. I stopped contributing to the Salvation Army some time ago. There are many other worthy causes, and I choose carefully. Bigots who believe that LGBT people deserve execution and then mince words about their belief, do not deserve support.

December 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm
(3) JTL says:

The Salvation Army is worthless in today’s world.

December 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm
(4) redhead says:

The Salvation Army is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

December 15, 2012 at 12:59 am
(5) Sally says:

Last 20 cents the b_____ds get from me!

December 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm
(6) Gerald Vanderhoff says:

Just goes to show that charity with a conversion agenda isn’t really charity.

January 26, 2014 at 12:41 am
(7) Peter says:

I’m so shocked that people have taken this article at face value. Has anyone who commented stopped to actually listen to the audio clip themselves? Has anyone who commented actually looked at the Salvation Army doctrine and discovered for themselves if the Army condones death for anyone, let alone homosexuals? Lets just say that this particular pastor, Major Andrew Craibe, did believe gays should be put to death, does that mean the whole Salvation Army, operating in over 102 countries in missionary work, believes that? The Salvation Army has helped countless homeless get their lives back, yes even homosexual homeless people! They have build infrastructure for poor countries and given them hope fr the future. I’m appalled by the unquestioning sheeple attitude people have when they hear negative news about a Christian organization in our society. Grow up Austin Cline. I doubt YOU do a hundreth of the good for society that the average Salvation Army pastor does.

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