Employees Sue Salvation Army Over Religion Bias

February 25, 2004

Source: The New York Times


On February 25, 2004 The New York Times reported that "eighteen former and current employees from the social services arm of the Salvation Army sued the organization in federal court yesterday, accusing it of imposing a religious veil over secular, publicly financed activities like caring for foster children and counseling young people with AIDS. Advertisement The plaintiffs charged that the Army's New York division tried forcing them to sign forms revealing the churches they had attended over the past 10 years, name their ministers and agree to the Army's mission "to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ." Several employees say they were pushed out after years of working in secular jobs when they objected. Others said the new religious focus violated the social workers' ethics code and could have a chilling effect on their work - for example, preventing them from giving condoms to people infected with H.I.V. or forbidding abortion counseling."