During the annual ceremony of National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, held last Thursday, Dec. 5, President Donald Trump gave an emotional speech in which he recalled the value of spiritual salvation, characteristic of the Christmas festivities, exalting the value of generosity and grace, and in the same framework addressed a special thanks to the Salvation Army.

According to The Daily Wire, during the event the president remembered the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem to witness and worship the birth of Jesus, and also recalled the value of that event as a source of inspiration to awaken hearts of kindness and generosity.

The president then went on to thank David and Sharron Hudson of the Salvation Army, who were present in the audience.

President Trump said, “Joining us today are David and Sharron Hudson of the Salvation Army. (…) Each year, through their Angel Tree program, the Salvation Army brings new gifts to more than 600,000 children. David and Sharron are an inspiration to us all. And, David and Sharron, thank you very much for being with us. Thank you.”

Thanks to the charity came amid a controversy as the LGBT community led a smear campaign against the Salvation Army for maintaining a traditional stance in favor of family and Christian values.

Last month the well-known restaurant chain Chick-fill-A issued an announcement that it would cut off donations to Christian organizations, including the Salvation Army, as reported by Town Hall.

This decision on the part of the restaurant chain was related to the media reaction and the pressure unleashed by donations, according to Vox.

However, in reply to the company’s decision, the Salvation Army responded in a statement in which it stressed that the charity was the world’s largest provider of social services and in the same sense served the LGBTQ+ community.

“We serve more than 23 million individuals a year, including those in the LGBTQ+ community. In fact, we believe we are the largest provider of poverty relief to the LGBTQ+ population,” the organization said.

In a USA Today opinion column, David Hudson similarly stated: “Across our 7,686 centers of operation, you’ll find Salvation Army employees who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community.”

“You’ll find social workers who understand, advocate for, and implement tailored services. You’ll find dedicated initiatives and resources designed for unique support. And you’ll find volunteers who embody our mission to serve all,” Hudson added.

As for the organization’s work for this holiday season, Hudson wrote, “Surely no one wants to see programs for those living in poverty eliminated simply because some disagree with the theology of those who provide them.”

LGBT activists even commented against the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, who is openly homosexual, after he showed up as a collaborator of the Salvation Army.

As Andrew J. Sciascia ironically points out for The Western Journal, “The only thing that matters is that the Salvation Army has the gall to stand up and publicly say no to the left’s LGBT indoctrination campaign.”

As the opinion article states: “Despite claiming to seek a more “tolerant” and “diverse” world, they cannot possibly accept the nondiscriminatory operation, the mere existence, of an organization that refuses to accept its libertine worldview.”

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