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Why Is the Salvation Army Attending a Major Sex Expo Alongside Porn Stars, Strippers and Pole Dancers?

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"If Jesus Christ was on earth today, he would be standing beside us at Sexpo."

Salvation Army logo (Photo Credit: Salvation Army)

The Salvation Army's (SA) mission is "to feed, to clothe, to comfort, to care." These lofty goals in mind, over its 150-year history, the organization has become known for helping the poor and downtrodden. But news that the group will be attending Sexpo, South Africa's sex and lifestyle expo, may, on the surface, be a bit stunning to some critics. The group's motivations for attending, though, are worth explaining.

Salvation Army logo (Photo Credit: Salvation Army)

SA will send a team to participate in the event -- a massive gathering that consists of "adult related topics," including appearances and performances by porn stars, strippers and pole dancers from around the globe.

Rather than directly participate in these sexual festivities, the group will be present to spread its message of hope and to bring awareness to some very important global issues.

SA's attendance is a big deal, especially considering that the event touts itself as the largest of its kind. While at Sexpo, the faith-based organization hopes to shine light on the "Christian understanding of sexuality."

"SEXPO – Health, Sexuality & Lifestyle Expo is the world’s largest event of its kind focusing on a broad spectrum of adult related topics and spectacular stage performances by local and international adult entertainers," reads a description of the event on its (warning: graphic link) website. "The aim of the exhibition is to educate, inform, entertain and celebrate our sexuality in a fun, exciting and safe atmosphere."

SA notes that its presence may bring hope and knowledge to those who attend the event, especially considering some of the tragic, sex-related issues and crimes that don't always receive the attention they deserve.

"If Jesus Christ was on earth today, he would be standing beside us at Sexpo," spokeswoman Carin Holmes told AFP. "We're not going there to condemn anyone. We aren't going to lecture people."

Holmes said that the SA will be "available" and looking to spread awareness about human trafficking, among other issues, during the four-day event in September.

The event will be held Sept. 26-29 in Johannesburg.

(H/T: AFP)

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