Under fire, Christian charity World Vision flips same-sex marriage stand

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  • nycut New York, NY
    March 31, 2014 3:09 p.m.

    Excellent point @Karen R.

    And it's not just World Vision whose vision is narrow: they “lost at least 2,000 child sponsorships since Tuesday” – presumably from nice religious folks-- who don't hate gay people, I'm sure they'd tell you-- but just can't stand the thought that gay people who are married might be treated like actual human beings who are working toward the common good.

    No, instead they’d rather pull donations that feed the needy children they used to sponsor.

    What statement does that make?

    Some values.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    March 30, 2014 7:25 a.m.

    So they're getting government funding, but they STILL want to be exempt from the federal laws they don't like. Nice!

    Part of World Vision's mission statement: "Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, we serve alongside the poor and oppressed as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people."

    I think this news story relates exactly the kind of demonstration of "love" that can be expected from many religions. "We're all about inclusion and unconditional love...as long as you see things our way."

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    March 28, 2014 4:34 p.m.


    You're making a judgement you know nothing about. Your "god's" word was written by men. Men intent upon deceit of their followers.


    All you have is the word of those "called", that they were called. I wouldn't trust any of them. Not the least bit.

    As for your "holy ghost", I think you're mis-hearing what it's telling you.

  • bj-hp Maryville, MO
    March 28, 2014 1:40 p.m.

    Ranch: Christ doesn't hire anyone, he chooses his mouthpieces. Christ never actually forgave the women found in adultery, he told those who brought her before him that they had judged rightly and that she should be punished. Then he said he who is without sin to cast the first stone. Everyone knew they were sinners so no one through the stone but walked off. It was a means to catch Jesus so as to criticize his teachings. It failed, he then asked the woman where her condemners were. She said gone but didn't condemn her. Instead he gave her leave but said, go and sin no more. Basically telling her that her lifestyle was wrong and to get out of it. The choice was for her to make. Everyone on this earth is a sinner but some sins are greater than others. Notice that the worst sin is denying the Holy Ghost after receiving it for which there is no forgiveness. The next one is murder or the killing of innocent blood with that of sexual sin the next one like it. Therefore, though I may disagree they are following closely.

  • Objectified Tooele, UT
    March 28, 2014 1:35 p.m.

    @ Christopher Vogel:

    Propagation of religious dogma trumps propagation of political dogma every time. And that seems to be what you are offering with your liberal ideological based comment.

    And since homosexual make up only 2% of the population, World Vision is undoubtedly denying itself of only a relatively few potentially highly qualified employees with their latest updated hiring policy.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    March 28, 2014 1:21 p.m.


    In answer to your question, there's a reasonable chance Christ would be disinclined to hire people who refused to listen to God and whose lifestyles were considered abominations before God. Please read Romans 1:24-27 and Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13.

    Biblical scripture is very clear on how God feels about homosexual conduct., regardless of what's currently considered politically correct in the secular world.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    March 28, 2014 7:36 a.m.

    So much for being Christlike.

    Who would Christ refuse to hire?

  • Christopher Vogel Winnipeg, Manitoba
    March 27, 2014 4:19 p.m.

    World Vision obtained most of its donations through television advertising, concealing its evangelical roots. Evangelicals, for their part, are notoriously stingy, largely confining their "charitable" contributions to their own home congregations. Among other consequences is that, despite the US healthcare system's heavy reliance for public care on hundreds of religious hospitals (Lutheran, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Mennonite, Quaker, Salvation Army), there is not one single Evangelical hospital (unless you count one in Pennsylvania that went civilian half a century ago). If World Vision has to rely on those who bullied it into continuing to discriminate (and deprive itself of many highly qualified employees), it will suffer financially. It will have to continue to pretend that its activities are not largely focussed on observance and propagation of religious dogma.

  • slcdenizen t-ville, UT
    March 27, 2014 12:06 p.m.

    It's safe to assume these organizations are less interested in humanitarian endeavors than promoting their brand of religion. Didn't Jesus reject rigid dogma and practices in favor of serving his fellow man? Irony has never been Americans strong suit.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    March 27, 2014 12:03 p.m.

    I could give my every possession to a positive, supporting cause, and not only would it be not enough to fully and forever solve the problem, it would be only one of many such causes. It becomes important, therefore, to be able to trust that a cause you choose supports what you do.

    I'm happy to hear that "World Vision" realized the mistake and addressed it. I'll take a look into them.

  • Christopher Vogel Winnipeg, Manitoba
    March 27, 2014 10:52 a.m.

    I used to think that it would be wrong to stop donating to World Vision. You have changed my mind.