Salvation Army: Immediately change your handbook that suggests gay and lesbian people should die
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 But I don’t think you need to be gay to know that what the handbook promotes is outdated and needs immediate redress.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: http://www.truthwinsout.org/news/2012/06/26448/
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.
- Salvation Army
- Public Relations Department
I am deeply disappointed that the Salvation Army Handbook cites scripture that talks of the "evil" of homosexuality and that people who engage in homosexual relationships deserve death.
This is deeply offensive and completely outdated -- please amend your handbook immediately and do not allow your volunteers/employees to discourage anyone from living as an open homosexual or you will no longer have my financial support.
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