Salvation Army: Immediately change your handbook that suggests gay and lesbian people should die
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Salvation Army: Immediately change your handbook that suggests gay and lesbian people should die

    1. Marcus COSTELLO
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      Marcus COSTELLO

      Sydney, Australia

HOMOSEXUALS SHOULD BE PUT TO DEATH according to the Salvation Army Handbook.

Andrew Craib, a senior Australian Salvation Army media relations officer has just said on radio that he acts in line with the Salvation Army Handbook which talks of the 'evils' of homosexuality. When challenged on his adherence to the handbook’s ancient scripture passages, Craib’s response was: "Well, that's part of our belief system". 

Craib went on to say homosexuality is a "choice" and needs to be resisted, saying that it's just like the choice to drink alcohol.

I am openly gay. But I don’t think you need to be gay to know that what the handbook promotes is outdated and needs immediate redress. 

Here’s an excerpt from the radio interview: 

RYAN (interviewer): . . . that says, according to the Salvation Army, that [they] deserve death. How do you respond to that, as part of your doctrine? 
CRAIB: Well, that’s a part of our belief system. 
RYAN (cutting in): So we should die. 
CRAIB: You know, we have an alignment to the Scriptures, but that’s our belief. 
RYAN: Wow. So we should die.

Full interview:

Here's an excerpt from page 28 the handbook:

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.

Please sign my petition calling on the Salvation Army to publicly condemn Craibe’s statements and stop distributing homophobic material of any kind.  

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    Reasons for signing

    • stuart wilson NIMBIN, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Vile hatred and hypocrisy. They make me sick.

      • over 2 years ago

      I am boycotting the Salvation Army. They are obviously a hate group.

      • over 2 years ago

      When I was trying to find my 'lost' brother overseas it was the Salvos who helped for which I am grateful. Had they known I was gay would they have refused to help me? I am shocked to hear such inhumane doctrine in their handbook - Shameful, hateful and surely this must constitute vilification?

    • fiona nolan SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I agree with A Doris, The Salvation Army is a wonderful organisation which helps many many people, and should not be brought down by this ridiculous misinterpretation of the Bible's teachings. Please clarify your position so you can continue doing good across the world.

      • over 2 years ago

      Evolution of society demands equality for all. It's an unnecessary and cruel doctrine that does not promote tolerance.


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