This is a quandary that I have yet to come to a personal conclusion to. The Salvation Army seems like a great organization. I’m copy pasting from their website here to give specific examples of why:
What does The Salvation Army do?
The Salvation Army is active in 5,000 communities across the United States with worship centers as well as programs and services for hungry individuals and families, homeless people, at-risk kids, senior citizens, pregnant and parenting teens, disaster survivors, victims of domestic violence, drug addicts and alcoholics and so much more.
That all sounds awesome, but I’ve also become aware(thanks internet!) relatively recently of certain homophobic practices of theirs, such as withdrawing funding from organizations that support non-discrimination policies. They have a history of doing such things dating back to the 80s.
Would you still shop at these stores for furniture/clothes/etc as someone who supports gay rights and also takes seriously the idea that every dollar is a vote? They help a lot of people in need but they do it while simultaneously attempting to further a Christian agenda(which I have no problem with until all of the prejudice bullshit comes out).
What do you guys think ?
That’s why I haven’t shopped there in years. There are other thrift stores out there that provide services to the community without the religious aspect and homophobia.
Another good way to get second hand items is through your local Craigslist or Freecycle. Cuts out the middleman.
Hmm.. well as they are Christian I guess it’s expected.
Besides, they have a Christian mission (no pun intended) so meh, there are other groups. To be honest I think any group in any form has the right to tailor products to whomever they want.