Bye, bye donors: Advocacy group is accusing The Salvation Army of “covering up” push for critical race theory

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Law Enforcement Today recently reported about the Salvation Army, which touts itself as a “Christian” organization, and their embrace of critical race theory.

The organization released a “resource guide” in which they asked white donors to apologize for their alleged “racism.” Our original report may be found below. 

After getting slammed for releasing the guide entitled “Let’s Talk About Racism,” published in April, the organization removed the resource from its online platform.

It probably has much to do with the fact that the Christmas season is typically one of the organization’s primary fundraising periods. After all, who hasn’t seen the Salvation Army at store entrances with their red kettle, ringing the bell and seeking donations for their mission.

Now the Washington Times is reporting that Color Us United, an advocacy group is demanding the organization proactively announce that they do not believe America is a racist country.

Kenny Xu, president of the group is claiming the Salvation Army has abandoned its mission by forcing critical race theory and the fallacy of “white privilege” on its clergy, whom they refer to as “officers” in the Salvation Army’s lexicon.

Xu alleges the group is “covering up the [critical race theory] that is infiltrating their institutions through the framework of ‘Let’s Talk About Racism,’” the aforementioned guide.

“Our goal is to get the Salvation Army to apologize for its curriculum, to abolish the CRT policies that come directly from” the discussion guide.

Furthermore, he is demanding the group “to assert definitively that America is not a racist country,” which the since-deleted guide stated.

Earlier this week, Kenneth Hodder, national commander of The Salvation Army noted the group opposes racism.

“The mission statement of The Salvation Army has always been very clear: to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in his name without discrimination. Of course, contained within that is a complete rejection of racism in all of its forms.”

Hodder claimed the allegations leveled against the group “could [not] be further from the truth.”

 

Xu disagrees with that assertion, noting the group implemented “racial equity training” in its USA Western Territory, headquartered in California, and said it was an effort “to peddle the narrative that whites are systemically racist.”

He also noted the group had posted an online questionnaire for Army clergy in which they asked about their “experience of racism.”

A spokesman for the group said the Army regularly issues surveys to members about interests and concerns about teams across the country on a number of different topics, including racial issues.

“Any well-intended organization should be asking such questions to ensure they know the concerns of their staff and respond to them effectively. We are confident that reasonable members of the public will understand.”

Color Us United disputes the assertions The Salvation Army isn’t pushing critical race theory, noting that several women in Ohio said Army leadership was “heavily pushing people at all levels of all ranks to go ahead and go to [diversity, equity, inclusion] training seminars.”

A spokesperson for The Salvation Army told the Times that the group is “ramping up its campaign to meet the needs of Americans who continue struggling from pandemic poverty.

We find it troubling that any group or individual would expend so much effort to undermine the important work of providing Christmas gifts for children, food for families, and shelter for those facing homelessness.”

The spokesperson was unable to provide information to the Times indicating what, if any effect the campaign of Color Us United was having on their seasonal fundraising, noting they didn’t yet have numbers.

However they said they trusted “God will provide the resources needed to serve the 30 million Americans who come to us for help each year.”

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The Salvation Army is facing criticism after it released a “resource guide,” designed by the organization’s International Social Justice Commission, that reportedly asked white donors to offer a “sincere apology” for their racism.

The guide, titled “Let’s Talk About Racism,” was put out in April and has since faced scrutiny and backlash. In the guide, the organization discourages “colorblindness” and encourages staff members to “apology for being white.”

The guide, which has since been removed from online, has a section that says:

“The desire is that Salvationists achieve the following: Lament, repent, and apologize for biases or racist ideologies held and actions committed.”

Major David Minks, commanding officer at the Fox Cities Salvation Army said in a statement:

“When I read the story, at first, I was like, ‘This isn’t true! It’s not possible because it doesn’t fit the mission of the Salvation Army.’”

He added:

“It’s supposed to help us understand some perspectives in the world today. It’s not endorsed or followed by the Salvation Army here in Wisconsin and it’s not endorsed and used in this particular unit. It’s not something we use or follow.”

After removing the resource guide, the Salvation Army released a statement, but in it alleged that some individuals and groups have attempted to mislabel the organization.

The statement said, in part:

“They have claimed that we believe our donors should apologize for their skin color, that The Salvation Army believes America is an inherently racist society, and that we have abandoned our Christian faith for one ideology or another. Those claims are simply false and they distort the very goal of our work.”

However, the Daily Wire reported that one lesson in the resource says:

“Many have come to believe that we live in a post-racial society, but racism is very real for our brothers and sisters who are refused jobs and housing, denied basic rights and brutalized and oppressed simply because of the color of their skin.

There is an urgent need for Christians to evaluate racist attitudes and practices in light of our faith and to live faithfully in today’s world.”

The resource added:

“And as we engage in conversations about race and racism, we must keep in mind that sincere repentance and apologies are necessary if we want to move towards racial reconciliation.

We recognize that it is a profound challenge to sit on the hot seat and listen with an open heart to the hurt and anger of the wounded. Yet, we are all hardwired to desire justice and fairness, so the need to receive a sincere apology is necessary.”

News of the guide spread quickly to and all over social media, with many commenting things like, “Go Woke, Go Broke,” threatening to no longer support the Salvation Army. The backlash could mean seeing fewer donations this holiday season. Minks said:

“We have a very diverse group of people who serve and love and car for folks. Some people have different political affiliations, but again, the Salvation Army is not a political movement.”

He added:

“This is really gonna hurt. It breaks my heart when I hear from a donor that says, ‘I don’t support Critical Race Theory,’ and I, myself, don’t support it, but I thunk recognize that, when they withhold their donation and give somewhere else that who it hurts is the people that we serve.”

In their lengthy statement, the organization said:

“The truth is that The Salvation Army believes that racism is fundamentally incompatible with Christianity and that we are called by God to work toward a world where all people are loved, accepted, and valued.

Our positional statement on racism makes this clear. These beliefs and goals are critically important because we know that racism exists and we are determined to do everything the Bible asks of us to overcome it.”


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ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Salvation Army, once as American as apple pie and baseball, has gone “woke” with a new guide calling on members to have “courageous conversations about racism” and asks “white Americans” to “stop trying to be ‘colorblind.’”

The guide, “Let’s Talk About Racism,” created by the Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission, was released in April, and is meant to provide “internal dialogue” on the issue of racism among members of the Salvation Army.

The guide reads:

“While many Salvationists have acted firmly and courageously against racism, The Salvation Army acknowledges with regret, that Salvationists have sometimes shared in the sins of racism and conformed to economic, organizational and social pressures that perpetuate racism.”

The guidebook claims that white people are responsible for “unconscious bias,” a concept popularized by Critical Race Theory (CRT) advocate Ibram X. Kendi. Kendi argues that white people’s legacy of racism is irredeemable, and that the only remedy is to reverse discrimination as a matter of retributive justice to level the societal playing field.

According to the guide, claims all white people are racist:

“The subtle nature of racism is such that people who are not consciously racist easily function with the privileges, empowerment and benefits of the dominant ethnicity, thus unintentionally perpetuating injustice.

“For instance, devout Christians who naively use racial epithets or a well-intentioned Sunday School curriculum that only uses white photography and imagery.”

The Salvation Army was founded in 1865, in London, by William Booth. Booth was an evangelist who wanted to offer practical help to the poor and destitute as well as preaching the Gospel to them. It was originally called the Christian Mission but changed its name to the Salvation Army in 1878.

The new guidebook goes far beyond calls for helping the poor and destitute and reflects a new mission of the once beloved organization. According to its Florida chapter, the organization’s “International Positional Statement” on racism states that racism is not simply an individual choice.

The statement claims that social structures and systems perpetuate racism in all individuals:

“The Salvation Army firmly believes that racism is contrary to God’s intention for humankind, and yet we recognize that the tendency for racism is present in all people and all societies. Racial discrimination can take many expressions, including tribalism, casteism, and ethnocentrism. Racism is not only the result of individual attitudes but can also be perpetuated by social structures and systems. Sometimes racism is overt and intentional, but often it is not.

The statement reads:

“While many Salvationists have acted firmly and courageously against racism, The Salvation Army acknowledges with regret, that Salvationists have sometimes shared in the sins of racism and conformed to economic, organizational and social pressures that perpetuate racism.

“The Salvation Army is committed to fight against racism wherever it is experienced and will speak into societies around the world wherever we encounter it.”

The new guide calls for white donors to “lament, repent and apologize for biases or racist ideologies held and actions committed.” The guide continues:

“In the absence of making anti-racist choices, we (un) consciously uphold aspects of white supremacy, white-dominant culture, and unequal institutions and society.”

Just as the Salvation Army deploys an army of Santa’s with bells to collect funds in front of shopping centers and community stores, historically a part of the Christmas season magic, the organization’s “woke” positioning is costing the 156-year-old organization many of its conservative donors.

Stand for Reason founder and radio talk show host Greg Koukl said in a Facebook post earlier this month that the Salvation Army has fallen victim to the dangerous teachings of CRT, and that CRT is a Trojan Horse:

“In my estimation, CRT is a Trojan horse taking in well-intentioned Christian enterprises that—because they care about justice and oppose oppression—naively promote the most serious threat to biblical Christianity I have seen in 50 years.

“There is a massive number of academics—Black and white, Christian and non-Christian, atheist and theist—who have raised the alarm against the aggressive indoctrination and, frankly, bullying of CRT—not to mention the racial essentialism inherent in the view, the false witness it bears against virtuous people, and the general destruction it continues to wreak on race relations in this country. CRT has set us back 50 years.”

Color Us United President and author Kenny Xu published an article in The Daily Signal  last month criticizing the mixing of human rights work with political advocacy:

Color Us United is an advocacy group calling for a race-blind America.

Xu said the Salvation Army is exposing its 1.7 million members to “both radical ‘anti-racism’ jargon and divisive teachings of critical race theory” dividing people into oppressors and the oppressed”:

“In some aspects, the materials are indistinguishable from the ‘anti-racist’ programs of any multinational corporation, or the expounding of critical race theory at a major university.”

Xu called on the rank-and-file members to stand up for what they know is right:

“Despite what the church’s International Social Justice Commission says, ordinary members of the Salvation Army are committed to a colorblind perspective, and admirably so.

“Stand against the insertion of politically charged racial ideologies into The Salvation Army’s good work.

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