If you remember back to 2017, you might recall there was a minor controversy when President Trump announced the list of charities that would be receiving federal funds to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. “That’s a lot of religious (and only Christian) organizations,” commented one tweeter. Included on the list, of course, was the Salvation Army, which has now been elevated to Chick-fil-A levels of evil by the LGBTQ community and its allies.
U.K. pop singer Ellie Goulding was booked to play the Dallas Cowboys’ halftime show on Thanksgiving Day, but after she shared that news on Instagram, her followers let her know that the show would help kick off the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Kickoff holiday fundraising drive. Now she’s threatening to cancel (yawn) over her “concerns.”
Goulding made the announcement after fans took to her Instagram to accuse the Salvation Army of trans and homophobia — and condemn her for supporting the organization.
The comments prompted Goulding to respond with a comment of her own:
“Upon researching this, I have reached out to The Salvation Army and said that I would have no choice but to pull out unless they very quickly make a solid, committed pledge or donation to the LGBTQ community,” she wrote. “I am a committed philanthropist as you probably know, and my heart has always been in helping the homeless, but supporting an anti-LGBTQ charity is clearly not something I would ever intentionally do. Thank you for drawing my attention to this.”
Yes, thanks to everyone for drawing her attention to this.
"We need to take money that was going to house the homeless and feed the hungry & send it to more deserving people like… Human Rights Campaign lobbyists."
21st Century Liberalism in a nutshell pic.twitter.com/mTX5PBesAm
— F. Bill McMorris (@FBillMcMorris) November 13, 2019
Wait, we're not supposed to like the Salvation Army now? https://t.co/KwvpTrwub5
— PoliMath (@politicalmath) November 13, 2019
Nope. Not woke enough.
— The Burger Law Firm (@johnvburger) November 13, 2019
Yes. They're Christians who live the Gospel. Very problematic, obviously.
— KilroyFSU (@KilroyFSU) November 13, 2019
For the similar reasons as to why we’re supposed to not like Chick-fil-A
— david (@_djpn) November 13, 2019
Part of the reason people hate Chick Fil A is because their foundation donates to the Salvation Army.
— Pete (@Petetheelder) November 13, 2019
When people talk about Chick-fil-A anti LGBT money that's one of the charities.
— FREE HONG KONG (@StonenicNick) November 13, 2019
Didn't you hear? That's one of those evil Christian groups Chik-Fil-A gives money to.
— Senator Tim Allen (@senator_tim) November 13, 2019
On Tuesday, David Hudson, National Commander of the Salvation Army, issued a statement: “With an organization of our size and history, myths can perpetuate. An individual’s sexual or gender identity, religion, or lifestyle has no bearing on our willingness to provide service. We stand firmly behind our mission to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”
Hmm … that “in His name” is still problematic. We’ll have to wait and see if the statement assuages Goulding.
— Independent Voter (@suzola2) November 13, 2019
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Oh, thank goodness:
— Cable News Watch (@CableNewsWatch) November 14, 2019
No Fun League: Ezekiel Elliott donates self to Salvation Army, gets 15-yard penalty https://t.co/JyJZwl9DiU
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 19, 2016