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Breaking News: Disturbing Reality Behind the Ringing Bells

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Disturbing Reality Behind the Ringing Bells

The Christmas season always brings with it so many familiar memories, sights and sounds. In addition to festive decorations and time spent with family, many of you will encounter the trademark red kettles and ringing bells of the Salvation Army. They’re the organization that’s long provided a variety of aid for the most needy, doing some wonderful work to not only brighten people’s spirits, but also supply critical help when needed.

Recently, however, the International Salvation Army has generated controversy that seems to be growing. The organization has adopted a position statement on abortion that profoundly conflicts with the scriptural principles on which they were founded. It would be an understatement to say it’s been a disheartening discovery for those of us in the pro-life community. Although they emphasize the “sanctity of human life,” and that all human beings were created in God’s image, there’s one particular section that exposes a disturbing contradiction.

In citing the Guttmacher Institute as one of their sources—Planned Parenthood’s notorious research arm—the Salvation Army “believes that termination [abortion] can occur when carrying the pregnancy further seriously threatens the life of the mother; or reliable diagnostic procedures have identified a foetal abnormality considered incompatible with survival for more than a very brief post natal period.”

Contrary to the belief of the International Salvation Army, God has a plan for every child—including disabled babies—no matter how long He allows them to live on this earth. It’s heartbreaking to me that they would use scripture to reinforce the idea that under certain conditions it’s okay to intentionally kill one of His precious creations.

The Salvation Army also justifies abortion for women who’ve been subjected to the brutal acts of rape and incest—thus condemning the child to death for the sins of his or her father. Instead of embracing both mother and unborn child, the Salvation Army is now marginalizing children conceived in rape and incest—ones whose lives have immense value regardless of the circumstances surrounding their conception.

You can read their entire statement on abortion here.

In their quest during the Christmas season to ring bells and equip the downtrodden with vital resources, their abortion position is spiritually and physically counterproductive, and it undermines their ministry and mission.

Sadly, the evidence indicates that the International Salvation Army, along with other organizations like the Girl Scouts and the Komen Foundation, has been captured by a pro-abortion agenda. The donations in those red kettles that you see are possibly being used to spread the very agenda that endangers women and denies life for innocent unborn babies.

Please contact the International Salvation Army and politely encourage them to change their policy on abortion to one of true support of innocent human life.

The Salvation Army
International Social Justice Commission
221 East 52nd Street
New York, New York 10022
Telephone: 1-212-758-0763

There is a better way. Why not love them both?

For the babies and their parents,
Bradley Mattes
Executive Director
Life Issues Institute



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