I was searching for articles on Pride Month, to check out how our LGBT communities are celebrating this year, and came across an article written by Alexander Abad-Santos. His article states that the Salvation Army media relations director for one of Australia’s branches, MAJOR ANDREW CRAIBE, reminded media and “queer journalists” that gays should be put to death. Here are some of the exchanges of words he had with one of the journalists.
Journalist: According to the Salvation Army, (gay people) deserve death. How do you respond to that, as part of your doctrine?
Craibe: Well, that’s a part of our belief system.
Journalist: So we should die?
Craibe: You know, we have an alignment to the Scriptures, but that’s our belief system.
[[[The doctrine they are referring to is 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 sone another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received their own persons the due penalty for their error...
They know God's decree, that those who practice such things deserve to die-yet they not only do them but even applaud others who practice them.]]]
Other Salvation Army officials have apologized since then for Craibe’s statement, and refers to the death Craibe spoke of to be a “spiritual death.” The Salvation Army is known for being the second largest charity in the United States, but is also known for its anti-gay stance. Their anti-LGBT actions speak clearly about their discrimination. They have threatened to close down soup kitchens in New York City due to the LGBT community’s civil rights, and also have been trying to get a resolution passed so that the Salvation Army can ignore discrimination laws.
Ok, now that the information has been pressed, here’s my view on this. People like this, who think they are above the law and work for the “higher laws” of God, are the people who perform the most grotesque hate crimes on Americans. The ones who tie a defenseless gay teen up on a fence and beat him so badly that he’s unrecognizable, and leave him for dead. Murder is against the law. Assisting in death or suicide is against the law. Acts of discrimination, targeting gays, persecuting until they commit suicide, those are all acts of hate -called hate crimes. It’s disgusting and inhuman and not what God intended for you to do. AS A CHARITY, your duty is to assist the people of our country. Help them survive when they are at a low in their life, so that they can get back on their feet and enjoy their GOD GIVEN right on this planet to have that life. Let me just remind you, that gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender are the people of our country. As for Major Andrew Craibe, your punishment will come to you. Whether it be karma, God, or whatever catches up to your angry, hate filled soul. The best part, though, is WE ARE going to change the laws. The LGBT will have their rights, and your words and your “belief system” will have been for nothing!
This campaign presses on! I fight for their rights!