It seems that Vaughn Ohlman will have to do some hasty rearranging, or refunding, as the case may be. I have no doubt he’ll find some way to set up his marriage stock market, but for now, the Salvation Army has said no. The story of the upcoming marriage market has gotten a lot of publicity, including being picked up by Raw Story, whose readers were less than impressed by the Quiverfull ‘retreat’.
…The Raw Story article sparked outrage among readers and many were moved to action, demanding that authorities be notified in order to protect the children who were slated to be married off young for the purpose of procreating lots of babies for Jesus.
Readers discovered that Camp Hiawatha, where the retreat was planned to be held, is owned by the Salvation Army. I contacted a good friend who is a officer at the Salvation Army’s training school in Chicago, and she responded right away to let me know the Wichita corps has already denied access to Ohlman’s group for what would have amounted to a child trafficking “retreat.”
The Salvation Army of Wichita/Sedgwick County released a statement on the group’s decision:
The Salvation Army has denied a request by the Let Them Marry organization to conduct its event at Camp Hiawatha.
Our decision is based upon our long-standing concern for the welfare of children. At The Salvation Army, we work every single day to provide a safe, caring place for children, many of whom have been left vulnerable due to the actions of adults.
We remain steadfastly focused on our mission of advocating for and protecting children.