The owners of a doughnut shop in Maine have publicly apologized for asking The Salvation Army to help them find a family in need this Christmas after they were attacked online by activists who claim the Christian charity is anti-LGBT.
As reported by WCSH-6, Portland’s Holy Donut, a family-owned business, faced internet backlash after it announced on its Facebook page that it partnered with The Salvation Army to find an area family in need of warm clothes.
In a now-deleted Facebook post, the shop detailed how it was collecting warm clothes for a family with five children and two adults, and asked customers to donate hats, mittens and sweaters in exchange for free doughnuts or T-shirts.
Although giving to a family in need is usually seen as a noble cause, some took offense to the fact that the store found the family through The Salvation Army, a Protestant international charity organization that serves 30 million Americans nationwide. LGBT activists have accused the organization of discriminating against the LGBT community and even lobbying against their interests.
According to the local NBC affiliate, the shop’s Facebook page was littered with hundreds of comments, including many that accused The Salvation Army of discrimination after it posted about the fundraiser. At least one person even threatened to start a boycott.
“People are going to boycott The Holy Donut because of YOUR choices,” one person wrote on the Holy Donut’s Facebook page, according to Press Herald. “Do you see what we’re getting at? You’re supporting an establishment that doesn’t support your customers, so your customers will stop supporting you.”
Another Facebook commenter accused The Salvation Army of rejecting LGBT people from its shelters and complained that it proselytizes in its programs.
“They have tried to scrub their image, but still discriminate,” the person claimed.
In response to the backlash, the shop felt inclined to issue a Facebook post to apologize if anyone was offended by its partnership with The Salvation Army.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith