The Salvation Army in Canada Responds to Australian Radio Interview


The Salvation Army in Canada fully and emphatically rejects the statements made by the media director of The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory regarding the LGBT community. The Salvation Army opposes any discrimination, marginalization or persecution of any person. There is no scriptural support for demeaning or mistreating anyone for any reason including his or her sexual orientation. Anyone who comes to The Salvation Army will receive assistance based solely on their need and our capacity to provide help.

The Salvation Army in Australia has also rejected the opinions stated and provided additional information which you can view here.

We deeply apologize for the hurt that these statements have caused.




I heard this interview but didn’t hear Major Andre Craibe say anything to suggest that the Salvation Army would discriminate against anyone in te LGBT community in the delivery of their services or even in employing people from the LGBT community. So, I’m not sure such an apology is required.

However, through a line of entrapment questions with insufficient oportunity and latitude to answer them, a poorly prepared Major Craibe seemed to lack the knowledge and verbal wit to handle the situation. All this played very well into the interviewers hands in attempting to smear the Salvation Army in a manner that is misleading of both their Christan practise as well as the essence of the faith.

Mae Yvonne Myers

I have long supported the Salvation Army and was horrified when I read that they were linked with discriminatory policies against the LGBT community. Thank you for publicly putting me and others in Vancouver at ease, that the Salvation Army is for all people in need.

Don Crone

I have learned that there are always those who love to slander and denigrate good people and institutions.
The Sally Ann is the only charity I support and I will continue to do so, regardless of
spurious statements made against them.

Maurice Lambert

My one main comment is “God bless all of you and continue to do what you do so well.

Maurice Lambert

V Maracle

Would the Army marry persons of the LGTBQ community and are there any officers that identify as LGTBQ currently?


Has the Media Relations Director, Major Andrew Craibe, been fired? Because if his job is media relations and he blatantly went against your wishes of communicating this information over public radio, he should be. Otherwise it sure seems to me you still support his statement and ideals.


He was removed as a spokesperson for The Salvation Army in Australia.


I think Wayne makes a viable point, and I understand the concept of entrapment but if this individual takes on the position of spokes person for such an IMPORTANT organization he should be able to effectively address these types of questions.
I support the Salvation Army, always have and will continue to do so. I am the proud mother of 3 sons, one of which is gay, and I can’t tell you how distressed I was to read about this interview. We have volunteered our time to stand by the kettles during Christmas and sincerely believe they do precious work. I am very thankful the Salvation Army issued an apology for this unfortunate interview. And to those who took the time to create those horrible photoshopped images, you should be truly ashamed of themselves.

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