The one charity that has the lowest administrative costs (i.e. more of your donation actually gets to the needy) is being boycotted by the Gay Liberation Network. Why? Because it adheres to its religious beliefs. It stands up for what it believes in.

(Ever notice that folks who admire others who “stand up for what they believe in” almost invariably don’t appreciate it when they don’t agree with what’s being stood up for?)

Bil Browning explains his opposition to the Army this way.

As the holidays approach, the Salvation Army bell ringers are out in front of stores dunning shoppers for donations. If you care about gay rights, you’ll skip their bucket in favor of a charity that doesn’t actively discriminate against the LGBT community.

The Salvation Army has a history of active discrimination against gays and lesbians. While you might think you’re helping the hungry and homeless by dropping a few dollars in the bright red buckets, not everyone can share in the donations. Many LGBT people are rejected by the evangelical church charity because they’re “sexually impure.”

While the Army, as a church, does indeed believe that homosexuality goes against God’s plan for us, they most emphatically do not discriminate on who can receive their aid. That charge is entirely false. Everyone can share in the donations.

However, the Army is allowed to decide who represents it to the public. And that’s where the Army will indeed stand up for what it believes in.

And the GLN is free to start its own charity. Light a candle instead of curse the “darkness”, and all that.

In the meantime, consider dropping a little bit more in the kettle this year. And it may not be a bad idea to make that a standard practice. Donations have been going down year-over-year, and which is why the “kettle season” has been moved up to a few days before Thanksgiving, rather than the long tradition of the day after it. It’s a down economy, but especially for the needy.

Doug Payton blogs at Considerettes.

Update: The BNN comment system isn’t letting me comment on my own post, so let me clarify some things with regards to some comments.

No one is saying that GLN doesn’t have the right to boycott whomever they want. Just don’t lie about why they’re doing it. The Army does not discriminate when it comes to recipients of their aid, nor in hiring for non-religious positions. Regarding living arrangements, they don’t check their religious beliefs at the door, and if we’re talking rights, they have the right to exercise those beliefs in regards to apartments. But when handing out food or toys to kids or any other sort of material aid, there is no discrimination.

The Army’s position on homosexuality in general hasn’t changed since its inception, so claiming that this position is now harming donations doesn’t really make sense.

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