Is The Salvation Army a cult?

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  1. FatKidSullivan

    FatKidSullivan Smoking Cigars

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    I would Google this and just read opinions from people, but that'd be no fun. Some of you that aren't idiots might offer some insight.

    My best friend I've known since grade school has been working as a camp nurse at a Salvation Army summer camp for kid for the past couple of years. This dude has been a militant atheist his entire life. All of he sudden he's started talking about joining or getting involved in their programs more and more.

    He showed me this video the other night about "Fear of God" and the shit just screamed cult to me. It was about how you MUST fear God to be loved by him. It had all this imagery of a woman drowning in a room. I was kind of scared. I can't even find the video now, so it might be some shit you only get when you've been indoctrinated enough.

    I'm a tolerant guy to religion, and will pretty much accept anyone with any religion who is a decent person, but this shit seems weird to me. Here's something he told me: "The Salvation Army requires that officers in the Salvation Army only marry other officers, and throws people out for breaking this rule." He told me to become an "officer" people have to sell most of their possessions and you're basically sent around on missions to work for them. I asked him if you could leave at any time, and he said yeah. That shit smells like cult.

    What do you all think? Too much for you to read? Go to @skp2978 's latest "If you were an ice cream flavor, which one would you be?" thread. This is serious.
     
  2. Asshat13

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    i once dropped of some of my kids old toys there. the lady that gave me a receipt for tax purposes seemed nice.
     
  3. FatKidSullivan

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    I've enjoyed their thrift stores before. :jj:
     
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    i want to know what HAL thinks before i answer
     
  5. A Succulent Chinese Meal

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    What is wrong with him, in all seriousness?
     
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    A Succulent Chinese Meal Oh, that's a nice headlock, sir. VIP

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    That sounds like a militant offshoot. In Guys and Dolls the lady got to marry Marlon Brando.
     
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    :jj:

    no idea
     
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    I'd claim workers comp if I had to ring that bell all day.
     
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    There have been articles published on the Salvation Army kicking members out for marrying outside of the group.



    Sounds like your friend treated his militant atheism as his own sort of cult, and then latched onto the next thing that will fill the void.
    He probably should have been trained to be extremely rational and skeptical on everything, rather than being against the religious establishment.
     
  10. Danas Boyfrien

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    People who complain about the Salvation Army are huge faggots.
     
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    Complaining about the bell ringers or wondering if it's right they dictate who you marry and make you sell your possessions?
     
  12. Danas Boyfrien

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    Why would you give two flying fucks what they dictate or make members sell? Quit worrying about your friend. He's a grown ass man. If he wants to sell his shit and marry an officer that's his own goddamn business. He doesn't need your yenta ass chiming in.
     
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    They dress like Scientologists.
     
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    trying to decide which flavor of ice cream is my favorite :bigthink:
     
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    I don't know about cult, but I do know they're extremely intolerent toward homosexuals. I know that's off topic, and I'm sorry for that, but this is the reason I have boycotted them.
     
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    What a stupid topic. I would never start such a thread.








    So, which flavor WOULD you be, @FatKidSullivan ?
     
  17. FatKidSullivan

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    Fuck off with this shit. You don't care about your friends?
     
  18. FatKidSullivan

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    Vanilla.
     
  19. Danas Boyfrien

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    I do. I would stab a motherfucker for them. But I also know that dudes in their 40's are gonna do whatever the fuck they want regardless of how stupid it is. They don't want to hear my take on their lives just like your buddy doesn't want to hear yours. Just be ready to let the nigga sleep on your couch for a while if he goes through some shit with them and needs to get back on his feet.