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Charity or Church?: Salvation Army Secret Internal Document Shows Depths Of Anti-Gay Policy

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The Salvation Army recently has claimed it does not discriminate, but a recently obtained internal memo makes the truth clear.

Since its inception in 1865, the Salvation Army has been a Christian church and a charity. It is in fact a ministry, but it is best-known for its Christmastime bell ringers who brave the cold to solicit donations on the streets of cities large and small. In recent years, the LGBT community has been at odds with the Salvation Army over its discriminatory practices. 

As a church ministry, like many Christian denominations, the Salvation Army discriminates against the LGBT community. But as the nation has grown to support same-sex marriage and LGBT civil rights, like many right-wing religious institutions, it has been forced to defend its policies.

Recently, the Salvation Army released a public statement in an attempt to gloss-over its anti-gay discrimination.

“The Salvation Army does not believe that homosexual orientation is a sin,” its Nondiscrimination Communications memo claims. “We emphatically reject accusations of discrimination based on sexual orientation; claims to the contrary are false,” it also states.

“We simply do not discriminate against the people we serve or hire. Our doors are open to all.”

“We serve and hire all people without discrimination.”

Gay blog Queerty was able to obtain an internal memo, however, that dispels these claims. It specifically states that it is the policy of the Salvation Army to discriminate based on its “consistently held spiritual beliefs” – which certainly is its right under the First Amendment, just as it is the right of any American to not donate to the Salvation Army based on those discriminatory beliefs.

Leadership roles in denominational activities such as teaching or holding local officer roles require certain adherence to consistently held spiritual beliefs,” the internal memo states. “This would apply to any conduct inconsistent with Salvation Army beliefs and would include same-sex sexual relationships.”

In short, anyone employed by the Salvation Army in a leadership role cannot be in a same-sex marriage, nor in any same-sex relationship.

The memo adds that no Salvation Army officer may officiate at a same-sex wedding, and if any officer attends one, they may not wear their uniform.

It also states the “consequences” for breaking these rules “may include termination.”

That certainly sounds like discrimination.

Their right to discriminate is not in question. The First Amendment allows it. But their right to state otherwise seems rather, well, un-Christian. 

 

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Busted: White House Counsel Worked to Keep Whistleblower Report From Congress – WaPo

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President Donald Trump’s White House counsel has reportedly been personally involved in keeping Congress from reviewing a whistleblowing report involving Ukraine.

“The revelation that Trump pushed Zelensky to pursue the Biden probe, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, represents the most detailed account so far of the president’s conduct that prompted a U.S. intelligence official to file a whistleblower action against the president,” The Washington Post reported Friday. “The disclosure comes amid new details about the White House’s role in preventing Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire from complying with Congressional demands for the material in the complaint.”

In addition to confirming the WSJ report, The Post also furthered the story with new reporting on the role of the White House in the scandal.

“White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has been engaged in the matter since shortly after the whistleblower action surfaced, officials said, helping to identify legal obstacles to the sharing of information that could be politically damaging to Trump,” The Post reported. “Cipollone’s involvement reveals a more direct White House role in the dispute than has previously been reported.”

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IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES

Trump Urged Ukraine President ‘About Eight Times’ to Work With Giuliani to Get Dirt on Biden’s Son: WSJ

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that President Donald Trump “repeatedly pressured” the president of Ukraine to work with his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to get dirt on the son of his top political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.

In a July phone call Trump urged President Volodymyr Zelensky “about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani,” the Wall Street Journal says.

But the Journal’s reporting in the second paragraph offers details that appear to minimize what experts have been suggesting actually happened. The Journal’s report also does not name sources or even suggest if they are White House or intelligence community officials.

“Mr. Trump didn’t mention a provision of foreign aid to Ukraine on the call, said this person, who didn’t believe Mr. Trump offered the Ukrainian president any quid-pro-quo for his cooperation on an investigation,” the Journal says.

That would lessen the magnitude of the allegations against President Trump, although they would still be impeachable offenses.

Related: Trump to Meet With Ukrainian President Amid Bombshell Whistleblower Allegations

The Trump team has become expert at controlling the national conversation and forging a narrative that bends most elements of truth, then getting the conservative base to believe them.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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Some Among Democratic Base Grow Increasingly Frustrated as Pelosi Issues Statement Chastising Trump Over Whistleblower

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Statement  Does Not  Say ‘Impeachment’

Some among the Democratic base appear frustrated with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who has not been supportive of the majority of House Democrats who want to impeach President Donald Trump. Friday afternoon the Speaker quietly issued a lengthy statement responding to the bombshell news that a whistleblower has filed a “credible” and “urgent” complaint with the intelligence community.

Pelosi’s statement, which was not posted to her social media accounts as of this writing, made its way through Twitter via a handful of reporters.

“If the President has done what has been alleged, then he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his Administration and our democracy,” Pelosi said, as a Politico congressional reporter pointed out:

Nearly two-thirds of House Democrats support impeaching Trump, or beginning a formal impeachment inquiry at the very least, according to Politico. But the majority of the nation does not, nor do a majority of Democratic voters, according to recent polls.

“Only 37 percent support beginning impeachment proceedings, while half oppose it,” Politco reports, citing its own polls.

Speaker Pelosi’s statement concludes with this:

“We will continue to follow the facts and explore every possible option to ensure the American people get the truth. We would hope that Republicans would join us in supporting the Constitution.”

Some online are calling her statement “weak,” while others are disappointed with the lack of specific threats of action, and others are expressing exasperation with the Speaker not supporting impeachment:

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