Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Beware of the “wolf” in Sally Anne Clothing.
Orillia City Council granted the wish of a local chapter of the Salvation Army to put a mobile unit into a park in Orillia’s West End.
If you listen to the Sally Anne they would tell you they were there to offer cookies, milk and fruit along with support to those in need.
In the middle of middle/lower- upper class Orillia in West Ridge?
Don’t make me laugh.

The Army acknowledges they aren’t curbing world hunger with a bit of milk and a cookie but it sure sounds a heck of a lot like the 2 loaves and fishes that- as the story goes, was turned into something that resembles the dairy and bakery department today up at Wal*Mart.

Now, this week a local “youth pastor” will join the assault on West End Orillians.
In the articles I have read, this outreach has not been termed a ministry with a need to gather the souls of the poor and downtrodden for redemption.
However, that is exactly what it happens to be.
The Good Old Sally Anne isn’t dolling our food and drink out of the goodness of their hearts. They want your heart- and soul, in return.
It sounds nice doesn’t it? A fair trade at the very least.
This is organized religion after all, not a “good neighbour” group offering help to their community. At least if a “good neighbour” is offering milk and cookies that’s all you’d expect.

Milk and Cookies.
Maybe a smile as well.
No surprise pleas to “come and worship.”
A local “good neighbour” group is not something that requires a donation or a pledge of allegiance to a superior being.
Like those folks who shove copies of the Newest Testament into the hands of public school kids, Sally’s Army is really trolling for soles. Hmmm. Doesn’t that sound a lot like your friendly, neighbourhood hot water heater salesman? They’re out for profit too. Although,  if they tried to sell their “ideas” in a park, they would be told to move along. Now this Army under the command of  a “higher power”- although they don’t mention that fact in public, are pitching their tent in Morningstar Park at least once a week. The General of the local detachment is telling us there should be even more sinners showing up this week.
Oh goodie!!

Now I say “sinners”. The main man calls them “people”.
They are connecting with these people, this community. The more people they can rope into their deceit the more money in the collection box on Sunday.
You are shocked?
C’mon. You don’t honestly believe the Army is doing this out of the goodness of their hearts? No, my Dear Readers. The bottom line is money.
It’s a “loss leader.”
Always has been and always will be.
Grab a sinner and thus grows the collection plate.
The Salvation Army has pulled some holy wool over the face of council.

I have no time for the Army because of who they are and what they believe. If they were just a community Army helping the less fortunate I’d be there to dish out cranberries onto poor folk’s plates every Christmas.
But they are not!
They deal in getting souls for their maker.

I also harbour a “distaste” for the Army because of their dealings with Gays and Lesbians. They are hard-hearted. Several years ago in Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square, one of the biggest “Sally Cheeses” rolled out un-Holy punches against Gays.
I haven’t dropped them a dime since.
I smile sweetly at the bell ringers at Christmas- yet I don’t deposit a dime. They rarely ask or solicit. Probably some law now that says they can’t ask for money.
I dunno.
Only once has someone ringing those bells asked me to deposit coin.
I said- No. I don’t agree with the stand the Army takes against the Gay Community.
I don’t remember getting a response.
All I heard was the sound of bells filling the crisp, winter air.

So, be sure about one thing.
It’s both the power and the glory and money too behind all these hidden ministries. They just don’t mention their Prophet’s name in public because it puts folks off. They would rather hover around and wait for a golden opportunity to use powerful words. They even slide their message in- if they get the chance, when your kid is munching on a cookie. Kids have to be carefully taught and sooner rather than later before they develop a mind of their own!

Ask friends who belong to organized religion just how much they pay for memberships every year. You know-
“You can’t get to Heaven without a Membership. Step right up and get yours today.”

I can’t agree with City Council allowing this to happen in Morningstar Park. What if a group of concerned citizens with milk and cookies to spare wanted to pull a van up to the park’s perimeter and serve up Milk and Mr. Christie’s- with no hidden agenda- could they?
Since the Sally Anne has been granted grazing rights, they should open up the park to every other Tom, Dick and Harriet who has an organization where they are “fishers of men, women, kids- or money!”

Another wolf!