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Australia: Left hand, meet right hand…

February 17, 2014

Salvation Army awards medal to officer accused of child abuse.

A Salvation Army officer accused of physically and sexually abusing dozens of young boys at a boys’ home in south Sydney was given the army’s silver star award at a function late last year, despite the allegations against him.

The organisation later celebrated the award in the January edition of its national magazine, on the eve of royal commission hearings that were told details of the horrific acts of abuse he and his colleagues allegedly had perpetrated. Major John McIver was awarded the silver star on December 1 by Commissioner Jan Condon in recognition of the fact that his two sons had become commissioned officers. All parents of officers in the Salvos are given the award, which ”recognises the influence of parents, and significant family and friends, on the lives of their officer children”.


Matthew 6:3, New International Version

But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing…

Nor at any other time, apparently.

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