Some gay rights groups are asking people to boycott theSalvation Army's red kettles this year because of theorganization's stance against homosexuality.
But while the charity says gay behavior is a sin, it says itdoes not discriminate when it comes to helping out.
Like jingling bells, the red kettles of the Salvation Army areeverywhere this time of year.
But before you donate, some gay rights groups are asking you todeliberate. They say: think twice about giving to the SalvationArmy because of the organization's stance againsthomosexuality.
Major Jesse Collins of the Milwaukee County Salvation Army said,"Christianity has certain directives from scripture that we follow.While we may not agree with certain lifestyles, we love the sinner,we hate the sin."
Sheldon Walker of the Milwaukee LGBT Center said, "You'recalling something a sin that's a part of me, like black is a partof me, like height, like wearing glasses. To hate anything is notthe message Christ has for us."
And it's that viewpoint that has some groups using social media,from Facebook and Twitter, to gay blogs and web sites, all callingfor a boycott of the nation's largest charity.
"I think we're a target because we're the largest charity," saidCollins.
Collins, the Salvation Army's commanding officer in MilwaukeeCounty, says the organization is Christian, and doesn't agree withhomosexuality, but also doesn't discriminate against anyone who isin need.
"If you need help with utilities, you need help withutilities. I'm not going to sit here and grill you about who you're living with or whatever," said Collins.
"We have a choice about how we spend our money and whichorganizations we want to support with our money. It should givepeople pause, make them consider where those funds are going," saidWalker.
The Salvation Army says donations are down in this tougheconomic climate.
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