I recently saw this image posted by a friend on Facebook.
The person who posted it commented, “Good to know.” They just bought into this narrative that a group that is genuinely doing good is somehow “bad” because they stick with their religious convictions. Make no mistake: The Salvation Army IS a charity. They are a church-based organization and as such abide by faith-based principles. And they do a lot of good. They help homeless people and provide jobs and do all manner of useful things. According to this statistics page, they have served almost 19 million people with basic social services. They have served over 30 million people in various capacities and have served close to 60 million meals and provided lodgings for more than 10 million, not to mention their many other services.
EDIT: Yes, the Salvation Army is a church. They’re not trying to hide that fact. It’s right there in the name: Salvation Army. Their primary goal is to share their faith. So what? They’re doing it by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, giving gifts to the orphans and children whose parents are in prison (Angel Tree, anyone?), and meeting countless other real, tangible needs.
And notice, those who would have you stop giving to the Salvation Army are not offering an alternative charity that also helps the homeless. They throw out a couple other random charities, both foreign, but offer no suggestions for those wishing to help locally. A vast majority of food banks and homeless shelters and other resources for the homeless and needy within the United States are run by faith-based organizations. But because they have Bible-based values, the liberal propagandists would have people boycott them completely.
And yet, it’s completely the opposite if it’s a program or service they like. Planned Parenthood gets a free pass for murdering babies and selling their body parts because of “all the good” they do and how “necessary” they are for women’s health. (If you don’t believe that Planned Parenthood kills babies and profits from their deaths in multiple ways, you are willfully ignorant. The undercover videos alone give plenty of proof. Even PP themselves didn’t deny those were their people saying those things. They said things like “heavy editing,” of which there is no proof, and “tissue donation,” and they denied what they were doing was wrong, but they don’t deny the facts of it.)
So, while Planned Parenthood gets to do whatever they want because of all the good they do, the Salvation Army is demonized despite all the good they do.
This liberal propaganda applies to other things, too.
I recently saw a meme that was similar to this one (that I couldn’t find when I tried to look it up again), only it also included banning immigration. It specifically attacked conservatives, claiming they want to “ban immigration” and “ban birth control.” The left takes a common stereotype, multiplies it by a thousand, and claims it as fact.
For example, conservatives don’t want to ban immigration, only illegal immigration. Conservatives are all for people immigrating legally, paying taxes into the system that is supporting them, and conforming to local laws. It’s just those who want to skip the steps (the same types of steps that EVERY OTHER industrialized country has for immigration, by the way) to come legally and sneak in and work under the table that conservatives want to stop.
Conservatives don’t want to ban all birth control, they just don’t want to force someone to pay for someone else’s specific types of birth control if it goes against their beliefs.
But the liberals do this over and over, and as the political climate heats up this year, it’s only getting worse. Politics are not about finding the best person for the job any more, they’re about slamming the other guy so your “side” wins.
Neither political party is free of guilt on this one, but the propaganda from the left seems to be getting worse by the minute. It’s what they do. They use lies and manipulation to make a point, and people just buy into whatever they say because they don’t want to be held accountable to objective moral truth.