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Here’s an interesting idea: Instead of giving money to the Salvation Army this year — since it’s a religious charity that discriminates against LGBT people — consider dropping this note in the red pails:


It’s not just that you’re giving to a secular organization. It’s letting the Salvation Army know that you would’ve given to them if their hiring policies weren’t so bigoted.

When I initially saw the picture, part of me thought it was a dick move. By all means, give money to a Humanist group, but why rub it in to a group you’re not giving to? The more I thought about it, though, the more I like this approach. The Salvation Army always gets plenty of good press this time of year. They need to hear from people who aren’t giving to them and have a good reason for it. Staying silent gives them no reason to even consider changing their policies.

(via @C_G_Cruttenden)

Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.

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