Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Christian entitlement strikes again - and backfires.

There are times when people in positions of authority in Christian organizations shouldn't be allowed in the same universe with a journalist.

Recently, Major Andrew Craibe, a Salvation Army Media Relations Director, went on public radio hosted by journalist Serena Ryan, to discuss a recent call by LGBTQ parents for a boycott of the nonprofit for its anti-gay policies and beliefs.

At some point, she asked him about their Handbook, used to train their new members, in which there are a few chapters which refer to the sin of homosexuality, including a section that cites Romans 1:18-32, which includes a admonition that homosexuals “deserved to die”;

“ Ryan: According to the Salvation Army gay parents deserve death. How do you respond to that, as part of your doctrine?”

“Craibe: Well, that’s a part of our belief system.”

Ryan: So they should die.”

“Craibe: You know, we have an alignment to the Scriptures, but that’s our belief.”

“Ryan: You’re proposing in your doctrine that because these parents are gay, that they must die.”

“Craibe: Well, well, because that is part of our Christian doctrine “

“Ryan: But how is that Christian? Shouldn’t it be about love?”

“Craibe: Well, the love that we would show is about that: consideration for all human beings to come to know salvation…”

“Ryan Or die…”

“Craibe: Well, yes.”

...and this fellow is their head of Media Relations?  Really?  The Salvation Army in recent years has had enough trouble relating to a changing cultural attitude about gays without a moron like this making statements like that.  Sure, they've got a doctrine, but on the other hand, they make themselves out to be a public charity, and claim to not discriminate on that basis:

“The Salvation Army encompasses a diverse community with a wide range of opinions on human sexuality and other subjects. The senior leadership of The Salvation Army continues to reflect on Christian and Biblical tradition, and especially on the themes of  justice and mercy, to further deepen the understandings of our own members and build a more healthy relationship with the LGBTQ community. We pledge to continue to offer services to all and to treat each person with dignity, respect and non-discrimination.”

I suspect that this statement is significantly undermined by the man at the microphone citing biblical doctrine when it gets picked up by a major gay website:

Salvation Army says “Gays Need to Be Put to Death”. (http://tgvnews.com/2013/06/salvation-army-says-gays-need-to-be-put-to-death/)

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