About the Episode
Ah, the joy of tradition. There’s nothing quite like doing something just cause you’ve done it before.
This week, Sierra and Colin jingle all the way as they discus Santa’s origin story, jam on traditions from around the world, and try to determine whether Jesus and Saint Nick are actually the same person. Tune in to learn what’s inside Salvation Army buckets, hear about fondue, fried chicken, and the worst dish to bring to Christmas dinner.
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Why Not to Support the Salvation Army This Season
Despite The Salvation Army’s claims on LGBTQ Support stating “We want to serve [people] regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or gender orientation,” the Salvation Army has demonstrated clear anti-LGBTQ practices for over 35 years:
- 1986: The Salvation Army campaigns against the Homosexual Law Reform Act in New Zealand. The act decriminalized sex between adult men.
- 1998: The Salvation Army turns down $3.5 million in contracts with the city of San Francisco because the city would require them to treat same-sex couples similarly to opposite-sex couples. As a result, programs for homeless and elderly people were shut down.
- 2000: The charity opposes repealing Section 28 in Scotland, a law prohibiting teaching homosexuality as acceptable. Their statement claimed that accepting homosexuality will encourage children to become gay.
- 2001: The Salvation Army attempts to create an exemption for religious charities receiving federal funding. Charities would be exempt from local ordinances on anti-gay discrimination.
- 2012: The Salvation Army fires a case worker after discovering she was bisexual. Salvation Army spokesperson reaffirmed this decision stating “A relationship between same-sex individuals is a personal choice that people have the right to make. But from a church viewpoint, we see that going against the will of God.”
The church has publicly stated homosexuality is unacceptable. “Scripture opposes homosexual practices by direct comment and also by clearly implied disapproval. The Bible treats such practices as self-evidently abnormal. … Attempts to establish or promote such relationships as viable alternatives to heterosexually-based family life do not conform to God’s will for society.”
Despite recent claims by the church that they’ve changed, there is little evidence they have. Zinnia Jones, an Orlando-based transgender activist says it best: “The Salvation Army continues to maintain anti-gay theological stances, and continues to discriminate against its own employees and their partners. They also neglect to mention that the organization historically “abides” by anti-discrimination laws by way of shutting down services in areas where such laws apply. The Salvation Army has given no indication that it intends to change any of these anti-LGBT policies.” Read More
Subjects CoveredChristmas • Santa Claus • St. Nicholas • Sinter Klaas • Twas the Night Before Christmas • Clement Clark Moore • "An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas" • Thomas Nast • The Salvation Army • Santa Claus Origin Story • Catalonian Christmas Traditions • Defecating Log Tradition • Caga Tió • Christmas Pooping Log • Norwegian Christmas Traditions • Japanese Christmas Traditions • Kentucky for Christmas • Takeshi Okawara • Guatemalan Christmas Traditions • La Quema del Diablo • The Burning of the Devil • Dutch Christmas Traditions • Jesus Lore • Marijuana Makes You Gay • Casserole • Fondue Party • Christianity • Christian Traditions •
- Wanderlust - World's Weirdest Christmas Traditions
- History.com - Santa Claus
- Coca Cola - Definitive History of Santa Claus
- Wikipedia - Santa Claus
- FirstPost - Peculiar Christmas Traditions from Around the World
- Medium - 24 Days of Tradition: Broom Hiding
- Acis.com - La Quema del Diablo
- National Geographic - Burning the Devil in Guatemala
- Medium - 24 Days of Tradition: KFC Dinner
- Vox - Salvation Army's Anti-LGBTQ Practices
- Huffpost - Salvation Army's Anti-LGBTQ History