Major George Hood of the Salvation Army
has denied allegations the group is anti-gay.
Appearing on cabler Current's Talking
Liberally, Hood explained to host Stephanie Miller that
discriminating against gay men and lesbians would violate the
“The very mission [of the Salvation
Army] calls for meeting the needs of humans without discrimination,”
He added that the Salvation Army does
not give to anti-gay causes or discriminate against hiring gays.
“Many of those things start fueling
through blog sites and postings on the Internet. And it's really,
really tough to shut them down once they get out there,” Hood said.
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In 2001, The
Washington Post reported that the “Bush administration is
working with the nation's largest charity, the Salvation Army, to
make it easier for government-funded religious groups to engage in
hiring discrimination against homosexuals, according to an internal
Salvation Army document.”
The document “defines the charity's
objectives as making sure states and localities can't 'impose the
category of sexual orientation to the list of anti-discrimination
protections' or mandate 'equal benefits to domestic partnerships'
unless religious non-profits are exempt from such provisions.”
The paper quoted Hood as saying that
the group never discriminates in services, but on the question of
hiring gays, “it really begins to chew away at the theological
fabric of who we are.”