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Critics blast Salvation Army

Published måndag 9 maj 2011 kl 18.28
Young demonstrators at Stockholm Pride. (Photo: Kalle Wannerskog/Sveriges Radio)

Critics are demanding that the Swedish state cancel the million-dollar annual subsidy to the Swedish branch of the Salvation Army - after revelations that the religious organization demands that its youth instructors condemn homosexuality as wrong and sinful - contrary to Swedish anti-discrimination legislation.

The critics add that the religious army often joins in campaigns around the world supporting the persecution and the imprisonment of lesbians and gays.

The Swedish minister in charge of religious questions in the center-right government coalition insists he can take no action - since he has no right to analyze the messages of religious groups receiving Swedish tax money.

Other critics point out that the Swedish branch of the world-wide humanist movement receives no Swedish state support - unlike the sister organization in Norway - and that the humanists are strong supporters of all human rights including gay rights.

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