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Religion
    (1865- )
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Founded as the Christian Mission by former Methodist minister William Booth and his wife Catherine
    Renamed the Salvation Army in 1878
    Claimed membership of 17,000 'officers' and over 1,000,000 'soldiers'
    Second largest charity in the United States
    Received private donations of over $2 billion (2007)
    Their actual membership is much smaller than what they claim, since inactive soldiers are rarely removed from the rolls.
    They engaged in union-busting in the early 20th century.
    Officers in the Salvation Army are only allowed to marry other officers.
    According to The Advocate, it enetered into a secret agreement with the Bush administration to lobby for Faith Based Initiatives in return for federal regulations to override local laws prohibiting discrimination against gays and lesbians.
    It threatened to close all its soup kitchens in New York when the city government proposed requiring all organizations doing business with it to provide domestic partner benefits.
    Every Christmas: bells, bells, bells!
    Can't I just do my Christmas shopping without getting a guilt trip in front of every mall?
    It was one of the first churches to grant women the same right to preach as men.
    Founder Booth said that their approach to the poor was guided by the three S's: 'first, soup; second, soap; and finally, salvation.'
    Liquor shop owners objecting to the Salvation Army preaching temperance organized a 'Skeleton Army' to attack their meetings.
    They are usually among the first relief agencies to arrive after a disaster.
    They provide free rehabilitation for drug and alcohol abuse.
    Their Family Tracing Service reunites thousands of people each year.
    Their bell ringers inspired the Christmas song 'Silver Bells.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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