Capt. Johnny Harsh of Oshkosh, Wisconsin thought that the Lord had provided his answer to the loneliness and grief that followed the loss of his wife, Capt. Yalanda Harsh, to a heart attack. It was Cia, 56, a nurse, that he met on a Christian online dating Web site. The Salvation Army, however, then told him that he was suspended and would be thrown out entirely if he dared to find love outside of the church.
Salvation Army Advisory Board member Helen Lord Burr insists that rules are rules and officers are expected to find love within their ranks..
The Church remains an evangelical organization, a point often missed in this famous charitable work. It was only a few years ago that it was sued by Patti Davis — Ron Reagan’s daughter — for pulling out of a speaking engagement due to her support of stem cell research.