Pop singer Ellie Goulding said she will now perform at the Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day halftime show after threatening to pull out unless the Salvation Army, a faith-based nonprofit organization, made a “solid, committed pledge or donation to the LGBTQ community.”
The British singer threatened to pull out of the halftime show after her fans wrongly claimed that the Salvation Army discriminates against the LGBT community.
The annual Thanksgiving Day game promotes the Cowboys’ “Red Kettle Kickoff,” which raises money and brings awareness to the Salvation Army’s annual holiday initiative, the red kettle campaign. The campaign seeks to provide shelter and meals for the homeless as well as gifts for children during the holiday season.
On Thursday morning, the National Commander of the Salvation Army, David Hudson, told Fox News that Goulding will indeed perform at the game as planned.
“We’d like to thank Ellie Goulding and her fans for shedding light on misconceptions and encouraging others to learn the truth about The Salvation Army’s mission to serve all, without discrimination,” the statement reads. “We applaud her for taking the time to learn about the services we provide to the LGBT community. Regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity, we’re committed to serving anyone in need.”
Hudson added that her performance will “kick off a season of giving that helps support these and many other programs and services throughout the country.”
In a series of tweets Thursday morning, Goulding didn’t address her earlier accusations against the nonprofit, but said her relationship with The Salvation Army is “all love” and thanked the organization for “allowing me to be a part of the wonderful things you do.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett