ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
The Salvation Army is founded in London, United Kingdom by Methodist minister William Booth. The organization was modeled after the military, with its own flag and its own hymns, often with words set to popular tunes sung in the pubs. Volunteers are most visible during the weeks before Christmas each year, found standing in store front and on corners ringing bells and collecting loose change from holiday shoppers.
As a result, the Salvation Army currently has a worldwide membership of 1.5 million “soldiers” and a presence in 126 countries, running charity shops, operating shelters for the homeless and providing disaster relief and humanitarian aid to developing countries. The organization currently maintains a discriminatory policy against homosexuals, claiming that their values are not consistent with the church’s philosophy.
On an irrelevant tangent, in the fictional world of super-spy Austin Powers, one of Dr. Evil’s most trusted assassins, Frau Farbissina, founded the “militant wing” of the Salvation Army
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