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Culture Beat / November 15, 2019

Pop Singer, Rainbow Mafia Lose to Salvation Army

The singer threatened to pull out of Thanksgiving Day NFL halftime show.

That’s a nice charity ya got there. It’d be a shame if anything happened to it.

If anyone still doubts that the Rainbow Mafia is fundamentally opposed to Christianity, here’s yet another story to dispel such uncertainty. British pop singer Ellie Goulding, who was scheduled to perform the halftime show at the Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day football game, recently threatened to cancel her show if the Salvation Army, an age-old Christian charity, didn’t publicly pledge support for the “LGBTQ community.”

What instigated this attack on one of the world’s oldest and most well-known Christian charities? A social-media message. Earlier this week, Goulding wrote on social media, “Ok this is going to be LIT (can I say that when I’m 32) I’m excited to announce I’ll be kicking off the @salvationarmyus Red Kettle Campaign at the @dallascowboys halftime show this Thanksgiving! I can also confirm that @thekearnal86 will hereby be launching his acting career. Tune in to CBS for the game and join us this holiday season in the #FightForGood.”

She followed that message: “Ok so maybe hairnet not my strongest look but thank you @salvationarmyus for having us in New York. As you know, I have spent a lot of time in shelters in London, and this was my first time in NYC… The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need. I sat and spoke to several people who had come in from the bitter cold for some food (they serve to over 150 per day here), warmth and perhaps a chat with one of the volunteers.”

So far, so good, right? But then Goulding was inundated with messages from her leftist fans telling her that the Salvation Army was “extremely homo/transphobic,” a cancel-culture attack that Chick-fil-A is all too familiar with. Naturally, the singer quickly changed her tune, demanding that the Salvation Army demonstrate its fealty by making a “solid, committed pledge or donation to the LGBTQ community.”

The Salvation Army’s response was graceful and dignified: “With an organization of our size and history, myths can perpetuate. An individual’s sexual or gender identity, religion, or lifestyle has no bearing on our willingness to provide service. We stand firmly behind our mission to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” In fact, the Salvation Army’s own website notes, “Almost one-third of transgender people have been rejected from an emergency shelter. The Salvation Army created a dorm in Las Vegas to offer safety and shelter to this group, which is statistically more vulnerable to assault. … LGBTQ youth contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth. With a presence in every zip code in the nation, we’re committed to providing spiritual and emotional care to those in need regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Was this merely a publicity stunt for the singer? Goulding has since confirmed that she’ll perform as planned. As for the Rainbow Mafia’s smear of the Salvation Army, we hope fair-minded people of all stripes will begin to reject these toxic tactics.

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