Singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding is schedule to perform during halftime of the big Thanksgiving Dallas game, but she recently pressured the Salvation Army – the sponsor of the show – to donate to LGBTQ causes or she’ll withdraw from the event.

Initially, she was incredibly enthusiastic about the organization, until her fans convinced her not to be. 

First, the English singer wrote this on Instagram, “Ok this is going to be LIT (can I say that when I’m 32) I’m excited to announce I’ll be kicking off the @salvationarmyus Red Kettle Campaign at the @dallascowboys halftime show this Thanksgiving.” 

In a subsequent post, she extolled the amazing work of the organization and expressed gratitude for the opportunity. “The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need. I sat and spoke to several people who had come in from the bitter cold for some food (they serve to over 150 per day here), warmth and perhaps a chat with one of the volunteers.”

However, these posts earned her a reprimand from her virtue-signaling followers, who somehow convinced her the Salvation Army was anti-LGBTQ.

“Upon researching this, I have reached out to The Salvation Army and said that I would have no choice but to pull out unless they very quickly make a solid, committed pledge or donation to the LGBTQ community,” the singer said, in an attempt to appease her liberal fans.  “I am a committed philanthropist as you probably know, and my heart has always been in helping the homeless, but supporting an anti-LGBTQ charity is clearly not something I would ever intentionally do. Thank you for drawing my attention to this.”

The Salvation Army is a charitable organization, though, not one dedicated to sexual politics or activism.  As Father Dan Beeman tweeted, “They feed poor people for Christmas. This is insane.”

Of course, it is.  Here’s a thought experiment for you liberals out there.

I suspect that Goulding was not doing the halftime show for free.  Couldn’t she donate her earnings to any cause she wanted?  

The answer is an obvious yes.

Her attempted extortion of the Salvation Army is not about helping gays and lesbians.  It’s about forcing organizations of faith to compromise their values or face social ostracization.

Why have an English singer at a Thanksgiving day football game anyway?  Hopefully, America will respond to her antics with the same respect they showed to the King back in the day.

We can handle our own holiday, thank you very much.

Thomas Hawk on Flickr: Image Credit

Hat Tip: The Daily Wire

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