The Salvation Army has a reputation for being hard-core conservative Christian; among their practices is a refusal to hire anyone who is openly gay, which is one reason why I give their bell-ringers a wide berth when I see them on the streets. Oh, but they do a lot for the poor and homeless, including providing toys for needy children at Christmas. Ah, but only if they’re the right toys.
CALGARY — The Salvation Army says it refuses to distribute Harry Potter and Twilight toys collected for needy children because they’re incompatible with the charity’s Christian beliefs.
The policy has alarmed a Calgarian who volunteered to sift through a southeast warehouse full of unused, donated items and was alarmed when he was told by Salvation Army officials that the two kinds of toys are “disposed of” and not given to other charities.
“I asked if these toys went to another charitable organizations but was told no, that by passing these toys on to another agency for distribution would be supporting these toys,” said the man, who wouldn’t give his name due to his occupation.
The article goes on to note that the SA is perfectly happy giving a child a war-themed toy like a plastic M-16 rifle, but a Quidditch broom goes in the trash heap because of the message it sends about wizardry. (Don’t get me started on Christianity and wizardry. They lost me at the talking snake.)
This story comes from Canada, so this may not be the case with the Salvation Army here in the U.S. or elsewhere, but why take a chance. If you’re going to give to a military charity that gives toys to children, go with the genuine article.
HT to GDad.