Chris Lange, FISM News
The Salvation Army has publicly apologized for incorporating Marxist Critical Race Theory doctrine in its updated curriculum, including a shocking attack on the Christian church which it claims actively perpetuates “racial inequity.”
The move comes amid intense backlash from supporters, many of whom vowed to forego their annual donations to its Red Kettle Campaign this holiday season after suggestions of the organizations controversial support became public.
The controversy stems from the 156-year-old charitable institution’s recently-published (and subsequently removed) resource titled “Let’s Talk about Racism.” The resource was an unabashed Critical Race Theory (CRT) initiative that was the brainchild of its International Social Justice Commission.
The resource text previously posted on the Salvation Army website includes a section on “Racism and the Church” which espouses Marxist teachings that white Christian churches have colluded to oppress minorities. The training offers tips on how to “combat racism” through an “anti-racist” lens and goes on to provide CRT definitions of institutional and systemic racism, attributing racial “inequities” to discrimination. One section is also devoted to police brutality. The resource then encourages white Christians to repent and “sincerely apologize” for their inherent antagonism towards the “values and interests of the black community.”
Following the removal of the text from their website, the Salvation Army issued an apology under the headline “The Salvation Army’s Response to False Claims on the Topic of Racism,” which reads, in part: “Elements of the recently issued ‘Let’s Talk About Racism’ guide led some to believe we think they should apologize for the color of their skin, or that The Salvation Army may have abandoned its Biblical beliefs for another philosophy or ideology. That was never our intention, so the guide has been removed for appropriate review.”
News of the controversial initiative sparked a flurry of commentary on social media:
No one claimed you entered a "political war." They did correctly claim that you pushed Critical Race Theory.
Your response doesn't help… You've lost me as a donor and avid shopper.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) November 27, 2021
If you donate to St Jude you don't have to apologize for being white like the Salvation Army.
— Susan St. James (@SusanStJames3_) November 30, 2021