Tuesday, May 26, 2009

helping prostituted persons politically incorrect...

An appeal from the Saltshakers organization I received today reads like this:

News - Discrimination laws #3

We are saddened to note the following headline on the web over the weekend...
" Sex workers win apology from Salvation Army after threatening protest on Red Shield Appeal "

As part of this years Red Shield Appeal the Salvation Army had prepared advertisements with stories of how they had helped people. An advert in last Friday's Telegraph newspaper in Sydney told the brief story of a male prostitute who had been helped out of prostitution.

The Scarlet Alliance, which represents the interests of prostitutes nationwide, were upset by the ad and threatened to issue a ‘red ban’ on the Red Shield Appeal which was launched Friday. They claimed the ad was "capitalising on DISCRIMINATION against sex workers".
The Salvation Army issued an apology and said it would not use the advert again!!!!! It would appear they were afraid it would affect their appeal receipts.
The liveNews web site contains a video of the apology

How absurd this whole issue of discrimination has become, when prostitutes can blackmail a Christian organisation and accuse them of discrimination for telling such a story.
Note that the story did not even directly attack the SIN of prostitution!

Yet, on The Scarlet Alliance web site, they have a picture of the "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence", men dressed as Nuns, and a "naughty nurse" at Mardi Gras 07. They are clearly discriminating against the Catholic church and nurses!!
They also have a section titled, " Internet Viewing For Whores and Whore Lovers"!
One Goal of Scarlet Alliance is "To promote the civil and human rights of past and present sex workers [prostitutes] and to work toward ending all forms of discrimination against them".

Prostitutes 'rights' now appear to supersede the right of free speech and the 'right' to tell a HAPPY story of someone leaving such a degrading lifestyle.

Frankly, I think William Booth would be very disappointed to know that the organisation he founded had given in to such ridiculous provocation.
If this capitulation can happen when exceptions are in place - What next?
Action - Please write to the Salvation Army

Please write to the Salvation Army - commend them for the work they do and for tackling the issue of prostitution.
Express your concern that they were blackmailed in this way but that you are disappointed that they removed the ad and apologised for speaking the TRUTH.
Point out that this sets a terrible precedent that will affect any other Christian who dares call sin a sin in this nation.
They may not retract their apology but we could suggest it.
Email: salvosaus@aus.salvationarmy.org

Prostitution destroys lives, marriages and families. Many prostitutes are drug addicts. Either because they are prostitutes and the drugs hide the pain or they are users trying to make enough to pay for their habit.
They need our help.
At the same time society needs to be reminded that prostitution is neither healthy nor moral.
Peter Stokes
Executive Officer
Salt Shakers
03 9800 2855
www.saltshakers.org.au

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

how much money does the Army usually get from sex trade workers? is that why they pulled the ad? is it really that much?

David said...

What moral clout does your God have when this same God condoned and recommended mass slaughter and rape in your beloved Old Testament? Your Bible's message about women is clear.

And who are Christians to speak when they worship a God that will eternally torture people for merely failing to believe something?

Anonymous said...

That is ridiculous! Why retreat?

Sean said...

The comments following the linked article are also pretty insulting.

As for Christians worshipping a God that tortures people for merely failing to believe something - well, it isn't entirely true. Some of us are Calvinists, universalists or annihilationalists.

Anonymous said...

Danielle, when you say 'They may not retract their apology...', who is the 'they' you refer to? I thought you were a Salvo too.

armybarmy said...

Just for the record - this blog is a cut and paste of an appeal by the saltshakers organization and is in direct reference to The Salvation Army's apology to sex workers about it's ad campaign.
My thoughts will follow soon...

Anonymous - I'm not sure your rhetoric is at all helpful... it's certainly not simply a moral argument - there are many radical feminists around the world who support a complete change to the current Australian understanding of 'sex workers' (see the Swedish government for example) - but none the less, you obviously haven't studied the scriptures much to conclude that God devalues women... a good reading would suggest quite the contrary.

The 'they' is the Salvos and yes I'm an yellow, red and blue blooded one... no worries there... the guy writing is Peter Stokes.

Grace to us all and much wisdom as we navigate through some hard issues in a complex time.
Shalom.
Danielle

Lou said...

By backing down so easily I feel they - The Salvation Army have undermind the good work that they do. How can you trust someone to help you when they back down at the first sign of trouble?

JDK said...

Danielle, it doesn't always happen but I'm pretty much in agreement with you on this one! I thought the ad was entirely reasonable and the offense taken was totally out of context. The issues were traffiking and exploitation - something the Scarlet Alliance surely don't mean to defend. If they want to argue that people enter prostitution willingly then they need to be able to demonstrate an industry free of those who don't want to be in it. Therein lies the problem but we should at least have engaged in the debate. Having said that I am somewhat sympathetic to those put on the spot in front of the media...

Regards, JDK

armybarmy said...

Jason, what are you talking about - I thought we agreed on everything?! you a closet conservative and me a closet liberal... we are virtually twins... ;-)
I too resonate with the pressure of a national appeal being hijacked by a splinter political group and the realities of that kind of quick response... must be getting old!
D

Anonymous said...

Prostitution should definitely be illegal. It is immoral and degrading to women. What kind of person would willingly engage in this work? I applaud the Salvation Army for helping people out of that life style.

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