Salvation Army personnel have been warned not to post their feelings about gay marriage, Donald Trump, or politics to their personal social media accounts just ahead of the Christmas season.
But the ban comes as some employees worry that the long-time Christian-based charity may be losing an internal battle between traditional Christian views and liberals invading the group and trying to destroy its original intentions.
The alarm has been rung by some worried employees, says Fox radio’s Todd Starnes:
Salvation Army personnel have been told to stop posting their opinions about gay marriage, abortion or anything political on social media because it might reflect poorly on the organization, according to an internal email and guidelines obtained by the Todd Starnes Radio Show.
A number of Salvation Army personnel reached out to me to express their concerns that the organization is embroiled in a battle between Biblical conservatives and progressives. And they fear the progressives are winning the day.
“Political or social opinions (such as hot topic issues like LGBTQ Marriage, Officer Housing, or Abortion) should not be included in profiles, and officers should refrain from posting anything that expresses a political view,” the guidelines for Salvation Army officers state.
The Salvation Army implemented the ban on personal social media comments after claiming it had gotten too many complaints about past posts by employees.
“This is a threat to our reputation, our fundraising efforts, and ultimately our ability to serve people in need,” the statement to employees read.
The statement reminded employees that the organization is non-partisan and so, the new guidelines state: “Salvation Army Officers & Staff should refrain from sharing their views on contentious public issues in any public forum and must not take part in organized action in support of causes or movements.”
Staffers were even warned not to re-tweet or even like posts about “controversial” issues.
The organization also sent a statement to Starnes validating the tips the radio personality received.
The Salvation Army is highly visible during the Christmas season – a blessing that allows us to spread the gospel and support those in need. The heightened prominence also means that any, and all, Army representatives could be subject to controversies which might distract from our purpose: to serve in His name, without discrimination. The guidelines are a reminder to personnel that we must stay focused on our mission during this politically-charged time. As stewards of donors’ dollars, and soldiers of service, we must use every opportunity possible, including social media, to share the love of Christ.
Leftism spreads like a cancer and destroys everything it touches, so it is not surprising that employees are worried that the Salvation Army is in the midst of being torn down and re-made by leftists. After all, ask the Boy Scouts how they are doing these days.
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