Actions Speak Louder than Words

Around this time of year, with so many solicitations from charitable organizations, we are often hard-pressed to find a charity compatible with our values. It is not enough to give blindly – as Christians we have a moral obligation to know how our donations are used.  

Through the years I have amassed a list of so-called charitable organizations that I refuse to support because they support the murder of unborn babies, or are in bed with the United Nations. My list includes the Susan G. Komen Foundation, YMCA and the YWCA, the ALS Association, the MS Association, the American Cancer Society, Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Girl Scouts, the March of Dimes and the Salvation Army, to name but a few.

I stopped supporting the Salvation Army when in 2007 I discovered that their International Social Justice Commission was in bed with the UN on the global warming scam, social justice and human rights. Human Rights, to the UN, includes the unrestricted obligation of member states to sanction a woman’s right to murder her unborn child; and, social justice includes the redistribution of wealth, both Marxists ideas. I even asked the local Salvation Army Commander how they could call themselves a Christian organization and support Marxism.

This year I read of a new Salvation Army initiative called “Let’s Talk About Racism,” which outlines the 156 year-old Christian church’s alleged racial collusion and offers ways to fight racism using Critical Race Theory. The book goes so far as to accuse white Salvationists of being unable or unwilling to acknowledge their racism.  Sections of the program include police brutality, health care and black unemployment, etc. all linked to “racial inequity.”

The booklet recommended that white people within the organization “lament, repent and apologize for biases or racist ideologies held and actions committed.” It also told people to stop being “color blind” because it would allegedly ignore the things that God intended to be different among cultures.

“The subtle nature of racism is such that people who are not consciously racist easily function with the privileges, empowerment and benefits of the dominant ethnicity, thus unintentionally perpetuating injustice.” Despite their best intentions and commitment against it, the charity claims, “people can unintentionally and unwittingly perpetuate racial division.”

Toward the end of its guide, the organization presents a glossary of social-justice terms for members’ reference, including ” anti-racist,” “colonizer,” “domestic terrorism,” “fascism,” “inclusion,” “institutional racism,” “micro aggressions,” “systemic racism,” and “whiteness.”

Taking from this extensive vocabulary, one lesson in the brochure informs readers that “structural racism . . . is the overarching system of racial bias across institutions and society. These systems give privileges to White people resulting in disadvantages to (blacks).”

After quite a few complaints from donors, the Salvation Army moved “Let’s Talk About Racism” from the first page of their International Social Justice Commission site to a less visible page – “Resources,” hoping the controversy would just go away.

Why give a donation to any organization that hates you and accuses you of malfeasance for things you are not responsible for?  That is not Christian orthodoxy – its political rhetoric at its finest wrote Charles Dejesus of the Salvation Army’s western territory, in a public Facebook post that he has since removed.  Why indeed!

In response to the criticism, Joseph Cohen, Exterior Communications Manager, said that the organization has “in no way changed its views or adopted any new ideology, like CRT. Our beliefs have always been rooted in scripture and they still are….”

Words are powerful tools, but actions send a message that is loud and clear.

“If your actions don’t live up to your words, you have nothing to say.” – DaShanne Stokes

Source:  Salvation Army Peddles Critical Race Theory, Urges Members to Confront Their Racism by by Caroline Downey, National Review; Salvation Army’s Donors Withdraw Support in Response to Racial “Wokeness” Initiative by Carly Mayberry, Newsweek; Let’s Talk About…RACISM, a resource developed to guide The Salvation Army family in gracious discussions about overcoming the damage racism has inflicted upon our world, in pdf., if you can still find it listed.

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