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Dennis Dunphy, better known as "Demolition Man" or "D-Man," is a former professional wrestler who became a super-hero. He is noted for working with (and living with) the homeless population in New York City. He was at one time a partner of Captain America, and later a member of the Avengers.
We do not know Dennis Dunphy's religious affiliation. By all accounts he seems to be a fairly charitable, self-sacrificing Protestant. The suggestion we found that he might be a member of the Salvation Army is pure speculation, based on the character's work with homeless people.
From: "Super Hero Religious Preferences" discussion board, started 10 March 2006 (http://forums.comicbookresources.com/archive/index.php/t-113612.html; viewed 24 April 2006):
03-11-2006, 04:47 AM
I was wondering if there were any Salvation Army superheroes as that just happens to be my religion?
I used to be a Presbyterian but I started going to the Sally Ann [Salvation Army] instead.
03-11-2006, 05:17 AM
Maybe D-Man? [included a link to a photograph of a Demolition Man action figure.]
It is not the purpose of this page to provide information about the Salvation Army. But it should be noted that the Salvation Army is indeed a religious denomination. It is not normally necessary to point this out for most religious groups, but the Salvation Army is so famous for its work with homeless people and the poor that it is often thought of as a general charitable organization, analogous to the Red Cross. Many people are unaware that the Salvation Army is in fact a religious body (or "denomination"). The Salvation Army identifies itself as a Christian religious denomination and it has a defined organization and membership. It is properly classified a religious denomination just as other denominations are (such as the Catholic Church, United Methodist Church, Calvary Chapel, United Church of Christ, etc.) So, yes, it is certainly possible for the Salvation Army to be a person's religious affiliation. The Salvation Army has hundreds of thousands of members who identify it as their denomination and their religious preference.
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