Denying claims by the "No Red Kettles" website that it discriminates against homosexuals, The Salvation Army says that it helps thousands in the LGBT community every day.
"Our mission is clear: to provide services to those in need without discrimination. The Salvation Army treats everyone with equal love, dignity and respect regardless of who they are," Parker Vandergriff of Brand Public Relations of The Richards Group, said in an email statement to The Christian Post on Friday. "We are especially proud of our service to thousands of LGBT community members each and every day."
"The Salvation Army complies with all local, state, and federal non-discrimination laws and provides same-sex domestic partner benefits where the law applies. Our hiring practices are open to all and we embrace employees from various walks of life. We simply do not discriminate against the people we serve or the people we hire based on sexual orientation or any other factor," Vandergriff added. more >>
NEW YORK — Franklin Graham, president of nonprofit Samaritan's Purse, joined project organizers, local families and survivors of Hurricane Sandy at one of New York City's major airports this week to personally send off more than 60,000 gifts to some of Typhoon Haiyan's most vulnerable victims in the Philippines.
"Do you know what these gifts are going to mean to these kids? It means that somebody loves them, it means they haven't been forgotten. It will mean everything in the world. It will give these little kids hope," Graham told more than 300 attendees at Thursday's event.
The evangelist and son of the Rev. Billy Graham was flanked by young singers of the Christian Heritage Academy and a loaded Boeing 747 over his shoulder as he thanked participants during the send-off ceremony at Hangar 19 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). more >>
The Guardian newspaper has issued a clarification and apology for a September 2013 report on a documentary titled "Mission Congo" that revisited allegations of fraud against Pat Robertson. The British publication admits that its inaccurate report failed to cite that the allegations against Robertson and his Operation Blessing charity had been declared unsubstantiated years ago.
In the "Corrections and clarifications" page of its website, The Guardian notes:
An Apology: In an article entitled "Mission Congo: how Pat Robertson raised millions on the back of a non-existent aid project" we claimed that Pat Robertson ran an almost non-existent aid effort in Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo. Operation Blessing actually sent six medical relief teams to Zaire, between July and December 1994, and arranged for 66,000lb of medicines and supplies to arrive in Goma on an aircraft it chartered from Amsterdam. more >>
An Indiana church recently opened the state's largest food pantry that will benefit thousands of families each month and serve its community through workshops, aimed to help individuals in need gain fundamental life skills.
For years, Mount Pleasant Christian Church in Greenwood, Ind., has operated two food pantries in different locations. Now the new pantry, The Community Ministry Center, housed in a 15,000 square-foot facility, will combine the resources found in both locales to serve over 3,000 families each month.
"The vision for this ministry is to be able to offer classes that help with fundamental life skills, skills that will improve the quality of daily life for our clients," said Tracy Watson, the ambassador coordinator for Mount Pleasant, to The Christian Post. "Offering food and clothing will help meet their immediate needs, but we are looking forward to investing in their lives." more >>
The White House has announced that they will give $100 million to help fund improvements in mental health facilities and access in the United States.
Vice President Joe Biden explained the situation prompting the funding as the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre draws near.
"The fact that less than half of children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need is unacceptable," stated Biden. "The president and I have made it a priority to do everything we can to make it easier to access mental health services, and today's announcements by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture build on that commitment." more >>
A British journalist has denounced a recent British Broadcasting Corporation interview wherein recently deceased human rights activist Nelson Mandela was compared to Jesus Christ.
Dominic Lawson wrote in a column published by the UK Daily Mail on Sunday that it was "absurd for the BBC to compare him to Christ."
"Mandela's greatness is not in doubt. His ability to work with and, apparently, forgive those who incarcerated him for 27 years in appalling conditions does conform to behaviour we might characterise as saintly," wrote Lawson. more >>