Prairie Pride Coalition recommends supporting BloNo Salvation Army branch

BLOOMINGTON — The Prairie Pride Coalition put up a statement on Saturday saying they could recommend supporting the local Salvation Army chapter during the holiday season. PPC made the announcement after talking with the leadership of the Bloomington/Normal Salvation Army. The PPC said this support extended only to the local organization, not the national one. The full statement from their Facebook page:
Almost every year during the holiday season members of our community and their allies question whether they should support the Salvation Army and its red kettles scattered throughout the community. Many of these folks are familiar with the history of the Salvation Army as well as the national organization’s present-day policy that deems our sexual orientations and gender identities incompatible with its religious tenets.

Salvation Army photos go viral after ‘Aryan’ patch seen on a bell ringer

VALPARAISO — Photos of a Hell’s Angel motorcycle club member with “Aryan” on his vest while ringing bells for the Salvation Army created a firestorm on social media this week. The Times of Northwest Indiana in Munster, Ind. reported that the bikers were members of the Hell’s Angels Northwest Indiana Region Motorcycle Club. A representative of the club told the newspaper that some members wear “heritage-based” patches. Latinx bikers would wear “LATINO,” Japanese bikers wear “BUSHIDO” and white members would wear “ARYAN.” He also said that most members don’t wear them and that the issue had been blown out of proportion.