Originally posted by cavalryscout
I’m not easily surprised but this surprised me!
I certainly don't see why; indeed, I'm somewhat taken aback that you're 'surprised.' And not easily so, huh?
As some of the other responses have pointed out, not all 'bellringers' are volunteers, church-affiliated or otherwise. That's not even getting
into the whole kettle of worms that comes from implying the church-affiliated are so far beyond shoplifting.
My primary purpose in responding to this (appropriate adjective) thread is to comment on the organization referenced. The Salvation Army, when
founded in the late 19th century and on into the early 20th century, was an absolutely wonderful program imbued with idealism and a true desire to
help those in need. Unfortunately, that began changing and the organization, like many, has become one focused on greed and acquisition. (That is
not to say some of those original ideals do not still exist in some members and contributors today; however, those directly associated with the
organization are few now and have little actual impact on the organization as a whole.)
I really began seeing the Salvation Army in this light quite a few years ago when it came to my attention that they had closed several homeless
shelters in lieu of opening halfway houses to accomodate federal inmates being released back into society. I have no problem with the halfway houses
and the the benefits they offer to both returning inmates and society; however, I do have a problem with tossing the homeless aside in order to obtain
lucrative federal monies and grants in order to benefit the financial standing of the organization and it executives and administrators. Halfway
houses should be administered by either the feds or privately contracted business. Apparently, outside donations to be used for the homeless did not
offer enough pork for the organization and they both easily and readily tossed out the earlier ideals.
Surprised that a 'bellringer' shoplifted - and without knowing the full circumstances? Can that even compare to the lack of moral integrity
expressed by the organization she's temporarily working or volunteering for?
The above, of course, remains my opinion, but I do believe you perhaps should have looked a little further into your thread and the reasons behind
before you posted.