Between the Salvation Army's bell-ringing Santas and thrift-store empire, people often forget that the international group "is actually a Christian church organization with many conservative tenets and a military-style structure," says Zach Ford at Think Progress. And recently, Maj. Andrew Craibe, the media relations officer for Australia's southern territory, reminded us of that fact by agreeing on-air with two gay radio hosts that the Salvation Army believes gay people "should die. Here, a look at the influential charity's challenging history with homosexuality and gay rights:.
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The Salvation Army International - Nondiscrimination
The organisation reports a worldwide membership of over 1. Its founders sought to bring salvation to the poor, destitute, and hungry by meeting both their "physical and spiritual needs". It is present in countries,  running charity shops , operating shelters for the homeless and disaster relief , and humanitarian aid to developing countries. The theology of the Salvation Army is derived from that of Methodism , although it is distinctive in institution and practice. A distinctive characteristic of the Salvation Army is its use of titles derived from military ranks , such as "lieutenant" or "major".
Gays 'should die': A timeline of the Salvation Army's anti-gay flare-ups
The Salvation Army has become aware that comments made on an Australian radio station back in June have resurfaced and are being reported as being representative of the views of the organisation as a whole. This is incorrect, as we would like to explain. We would firstly like to make it clear that The Salvation Army does not align itself with comments made in the interview by an officer who is no longer in that spokesperson role. The Salvation Army in Australia promptly apologised for the hurt his comments caused. The Salvation Army in other parts of the world also distanced itself from the comments made.