Salvation Army employee fired for being unequally yoked

Posted: December 19, 2008 in IJS, Networking, On Your Wall, Snap, Crackle and POP Culture, Spin Doctor, The Obvious Files, WWJD
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So, when a guy is leading the rally cry for the Red Kettle, and ring-a-ding-dinging in front of grocery stores all over Wisconsin, a dude needs an outlet. Right?

Meet Captain Johnny Harsh of the Oshkosh Salvation Army branch.


And these guys are still single? Come on!

Unfortunately, Captain Johnny is a widower. He’s lonely in the winter standing in front of barren stores, packed parking lots and greeted by people who are either on the cell phone, in a mysterious 50-yard dash to get inside or just have their pants on fire. Anything, but make eye contact with Johnny wishing you, “Merry Christmas” as he ogles that red kettle in hopes of you dropping a dime.

And then he figures those aren’t phone numbers getting dropped in his kettle, and that red apron is not that fetching for the ladies, so he waxes his board and surfs an online Christian dating site. He met the cryptically named “Cia”, fell in love and now will lose his job if he marries her. Huh?!

Harsh, a widower, is engaged to a woman who isn’t affiliated with the Salvation Army — and that is against Salvation Army rules. Major Robert Thomson, the Salvation Army divisional commander, told Action 2 News by phone, “Captain Harsh, through some decisions of his own he has made that deal with his personal life and personnel, we’re just working through those decisions that he’s making, and because it’s a personnel issue I can’t say more than that.”

Well, good thing human resources got to you before – you know – your conscience did, eh, Major?

Thanks to a follow-up from the Huffington Post, we get more information about this ludicrous cause for a pink slip:

Harsh said the organization’s rules regarding marriage are outdated, unfair and must be changed, but he doesn’t want his personal situation to harm the Salvation Army… “[The rules] are not scriptural. They are man-made,” Harsh said. “God could care less about the uniform or a position. I am doing this so future officers don’t have to go through what I went through.”

What, these antiquitous neanderthals don’t have Salvation Army networking events where Captain Johnny can hook up with those red kettle starlets hanging out on the West Coast? Because if a brother has a hankering for only Salvation Army chics, then why not go after ones that take credit cards? Makes cents to me.

  1. Chris says:

    F#$% that s%&# man what a creeper his wife dies like 2 weeks ago and hes already looking for [editor’s bleeps added… sorry, brother]

  2. Julie says:

    I agree with Jeff on this one. This is not a case of his not knowing the requirements of the SA. Their rules are in place for good reason. SA asks much more of its ministers than many churches. How would you feel if your pastor’s profile was on a Man-seeking-Woman website? There are other options available to him.

  3. hiscrivener says:

    Sad that a non-profit company – AKA a ministry – completely bogs down their folk like this. It’s the reason that churches becomes cults and Christians become disillusioned with the Church.

    People. Sigh. Can’t live with ’em. Can’t shoot ’em either.

  4. Jeff,

    The rules are the rules….if he marries someone who isn’t an officer then he loses his commission…its happened to LOTS of good single officers over the years. On the flip side if he marries a civilian she must go to Officer school…dude loses his rank and has to wait to get a new corp after she finishes the 2 year course….

    The Internet prowling is troubling but I can tell you firsthand there are MANY unhappy folks in the SA….they marry in some cases not for love but out of necessity….

    Just my 02


  5. Jeff says:

    Should we not have concern for his actions? As I read the news articles Harsh was on the “prowl” for a wife not weeks after he lost his wife, when he could not find a wife already in the Salvation Army, he went on-line. As I understand it, we are talking about an ordained minister; is this the type of man you want as your spiritual, moral, and ethical leader? I say no. Plus, the Salvation Army is an International Organization, surly they would have worked with him, if he was more honest with them.

  6. Hi,

    I once worked for the SA….they wanted me to become an officer….the topic of your post was the reason I didn’t, well one of the reasons….

    Thanks for posting this as not too many people really understand the SA and their rules and regs….


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