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Salvation Army Issues Update On British Singer Who Demanded Donation To LGBT Cause To Perform At NFL Game



Amid pressure from activist fans on social media, English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding issued a statement Tuesday demanding that one of the world’s most impactful charities, The Salvation Army, “very quickly make a  solid, committed pledge or donation to the LGBTQ community” — or else she “would have no choice but to pull out” of her scheduled half-time performance at the Thanksgiving Day NFL game kicking off the charity’s “Red Kettle Campaign.” On Wednesday, the organization, which raised over $140 million for impoverished people last year, issued an update on the situation: After learning “the truth about The Salvation Army’s mission to serve all,” Goulding will be performing as scheduled on Thanksgiving.

The short-lived controversy began after Goulding posted a message on Instagram promoting her performance at half-time of the Thanksgiving Day game pitting the Dallas Cowboys against the Buffalo Bills at AT&T Stadium. She posted:

Ok so maybe hairnet not my strongest look but thank you @salvationarmyus for having us in New York,” she wrote. “As you know, I have spent a lot of time in shelters in London, and this was my first time in NYC… The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need. I sat and spoke to several people who had come in from the bitter cold for some food (they serve to over 150 per day here), warmth and perhaps a chat with one of the volunteers.

But after backlash from activist fans alleging that The Salvation Army discriminates against members of the LGBTQ community, Goulding issued her demand.

“Upon researching this, I have reached out to The Salvation Army and said that I would have no choice but to pull out unless they very quickly make a solid, committed pledge or donation to the LGBTQ community,” Goulding wrote. “I am a committed philanthropist as you probably know, and my heart has always been in helping the homeless, but supporting an anti-LGBTQ charity is clearly not something I would ever intentionally do. Thank you for drawing my attention to this.”

The Salvation Army did not take the allegation lying down, quickly pushing back against the claim. “With an organization of our size and history, myths can perpetuate,” a spokesperson for the organization told NBC5 Tuesday. “An individual’s sexual or gender identity, religion, or lifestyle has no bearing on our willingness to provide service. We stand firmly behind our mission to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”

On Wednesday, the organization issued an update on the situation with Goulding, thanking her and the activists who made the false claim for inadvertently “shedding light on misconceptions” about them. Goulding, The Salvation Army announced, will be performing as planned now that’s she’s learned about how much they actually do for the LGBTQ community.

“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,” said Commissioner David Hudson, National Commander of the Salvation Army, as reported by Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Hudson shared:

We applaud her for taking the time to learn about the services we provide to the LGBTQ community. Regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity, we’re committed to serving anyone in need. Every day, we provide services such as shelter for the transgender community and resources for homeless youth — 40 percent of whom identify as gay or transgender. Ellie’s performance in the 23rd annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Kickoff during the Dallas Cowboys game Thanksgiving Day on CBS will kick off a season of giving that helps support these and many other programs and services throughout the country.

As The Daily Wire highlighted Tuesday, The Salvation Army USA website also notes its work with the community:

Almost one-third of transgender people have been rejected from an emergency shelter. The Salvation Army created a dorm in Las Vegas to offer safety and shelter to this group, which is statistically more vulnerable to assault … LGBTQ youth contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth. With a presence in every zip code in the nation, we’re committed to providing spiritual and emotional care to those in need regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.

A version of this story appears on the Daily Wire website.

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  • Jim says:

    Will not attend or donate. I don’t cater to MORFIDITES

  • Stephen Russell says:

    No she serves the LGBT community, such BS & hurts SA image.
    Bad optics SA, bad PR.
    Lose donations BIG Time, $$$$ SA

    • Jan says:

      What did they do besides serve people in need? Why would u not give to them? They love people, that’s what Christians are called to do. I love The Salvation Army!

  • YouKNowItsTrue says:

    While there was no way they were going to donate to a LBGTQwhatever cause, the Sally offers their services to ALL who come thru their doors, as should any church.

  • Becky Diane Clark says:

    I was glad to see the Salvation Army did not give in to her demands! The Salvation Army serves everyone in need as I have had to seek their help in the past! And guess what? They never asked my sexual orientation! That’s because they didn’t care! Someone in need is someone in need period!

    • Eleanor Cummings says:

      I’d ask The Salvation Army for help if I needed it before I’d ever ask Red Cross again!! I trust The Salvation Army!!!

  • ANI4ANI says:

    Let the contribution come from her paycheck.

  • 2WarAbnVet says:

    Anybody who doesn’t possess $hit for brains would know that the Salvation Army doesn’t ask, and doesn’t care, about your gender or your gender problems.

    • Antilib says:

      I’ve never known any organization to ask. Also never heard of any organization withholding assistance because of anyone’s sexual preference. Nobody cares. This floozie is just looking for some attention.

  • rockne hughes says:

    Tell her to go back to the LBGT idiots in the UK.

  • Matt says:

    Apology not accepted. She should not be allowed to perform at the kickoff, the NFL should issue a condemnation of her and in penance she should make a huge donation to the Salvation Army. Of course the NFL will just roll over like they always do.

    • Eleanor Cummings says:

      I AGREE! SEEMS TO ME WE SHOULD, ON THANKSGIVING DAY, BE COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS, INSTEAD OF TRYING TO FORCE OTHER PEOPLE TO OUR WILL.AND THIS PERSON IS ENGLISH – NOT EVEN AMERICAN!! There’s a Guy on Facebook named Gary Pecorella! He wrote a song “Save America” which is all over the Facebook, has been played at Conservative meetings, and I’ve seen and listened to it on Youtube. I’ll bet he’d be more than willing to sing his song for all the American Patriots at the game!! I believe he lives on the east coast. Anyway, he sure is more patriotic than this blackmailing witch!! We don’t need foreigners coming over here trying to extort money from someone to further THEIR VIEWS!! If you can find this song on Facebook, listen to it, and send it to the Dallas team.

    • Stephen says:

      Matt you are 100% right, what a uninformed spoiled women child. Yes that was great support from the NFL for her. Like how many years has the Salvation been doing this campaign.
      Heard nothing from any representative. My gosh, I have worked kettles and three years ago this thing with the rainbow people surfaced. People told me they would not donate because of the Salvation Army biblical stance. I asked if they knew the difference between helping others and the Armies no one gets turned away. They are a Christian Faith they do not judge anyone, but do not expect them to flex from their faith.

  • Jimbob American says:

    Just dump her we don’t need her kind of trouble in Texas we have enough with the #BatShitCrazyLiberals .

  • JAMES says:

    i will no longer donate to the Salvation Army i would have to the tell british singer see you i will get someone else from a christian background who believes in the word of the Bible

  • Rex says:

    The LGBTQ only want to promote their perversion that’s not what the Salvation army is and believe. LGBTQ says throw out your beliefs and do what we say. Not a chance. Salvation army stick to your guns. Kick out the weak willed musician there better ones than her.

  • Dragonfly43 says:

    I love seeing these liberals do a face plant in a pile of dung! Let her go back to England if she thinks it’s so bad here. I’m sick to death of people coming here to change the best country in the entire world!

  • Vincent says:

    You should not “cave” for the demands of a jerk.

  • Gerald Cline says:

    As far as I am concerned Goulding shouldn’t “skip” the game…. She should be BANNED from the game…!?!?! Ya-think…?!?!?

    • Eleanor Cummings says:

      Think??? I KNOW she should be banned – but the NFL will let her sing. I’m not even watching the game. Forget it.

  • FRED says:

    we wont stop her from leaving.. see if she can sell that crap in England

  • Notalib says:

    This LGTB?? crap is getting out of hand. The Salvation Army take care of many, not one segment of humanity. This stupid singer comes across as not knowing much about anything except political pressure. Glad they resolved it. I won’t be watching.

  • Gary Schuy says:

    So typical,opens her big Mouth about a Subject she has no Idea about.She is a Troublemaker and should not be allowed to perform,she is Trouble.

  • Whisp says:

    She fits in with the NFL thugs but I won’t watch. Some big ego she has who needs her?

  • Michael Murray says:

    Let me be blunt, tell the moron to go to hell.
    Get a bunch of Real Americans to preform, let any kids with their own local bands to perform, hell I will come and tell jokes but tell the STUPID BROAD, she ain’t wanted and SCREW HER!!! PERSONAL NOTE HERE>>>> [ I wanted and could have used the f-bomb on her but she is not worth getting banned for . ]

  • Michael Murray says:

    Below …
    A one Eleanor Cummings
    November 15, 2019 …had mentioned this video.

    Eleanor Cummings, I went and found it for you.

    Michael Murry

  • Frank says:

    Seriously? They want her that bad that they will bend to her demands??????? WTF is going on today? Just another reason I have not watched a football game since the day kapfool took a knee and I don’t miss football 1 bit. 4 yrs now and love it. Beliefs and integrity is worth more than watching a bunch of millionaires complain about injustice and being held back LOL. Wish I could be held down and forced to take millions. Then there was already their sick antics in the end zone after a simple TD like they cured cancer. Finally no way I can listen to am grown man making millions and obviously was pushed thru every school, talk like he never had an English class in his life.

    • George says:

      Notice what a low class act that was. Two weeks before the scheduled performance she pulls this stunt. It was a publicity stunt. She knew that it was too late for the venue to get another performer. They’re all booked. There is a lot of work required to pull in someone else in and coordinate the local performers (dancers etc.) the entire staging and arrangements that have been designed and constructed and all that goes in to such a performance. She thought she had everyone jumping to her demands. But that failed badly. There are many venues that will not invite her dies to this ridiculous stunt.

  • Nell says:

    Well now that I know that the Salvation Army is so supportive of the gay/trans community I won’t be giving to them anymore. That lifestyle is completely against God and the Bible. I haven’t watched NFL football since the kneeling started and they tolerated that from the players. Also don’t need to listen to the one or two songs Goulding sings that I know. Win, Win, Win!

    • McDonald says:

      The Salvation Army helps all. They practice what a real Christian should. Judge not lest yee be judged. I am sure everyone of us has done something God did not approve of. Only God has the final say on these people. You would deny others because you think SA gives to a few who go against the Bible. I will continue to give to SA as I know the good work they do….But I am with you on the NFL games. I also no longer watch..

    • George says:

      So just how would you suggest they work with all mankind? The Bible does not say that we should restrict care to only those we agree with. That is discriminatory. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in Him with not perish but have eternal life.” Is there any restriction there that God loves only straight people?

  • Bonnie says:

    The Salvation Army has always been my favorite charity, because they help anyone needing help, and don’t spend much on themselves.

  • McDonsld says:

    She should immediately be removed from the program. Who does she think she is to tell a Charity who they must give to. The Salvation Army helps all . I am sure many in the LGBT community have been helped.

  • John says:

    Sounds to me like the LGBTQ has been taking lessons from Jesse Jackson. Make false accusations and demand blackmail money to go away.

  • Harold says:

    Typical liberal. Hear an unsubstantiated rumor that fits your agenda and it immediately becomes evidence of a crime.

  • Jim says:

    She as well as the MORFIDITES can go to HELL.

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