Anti-Gay Alternative to Boy Scouts Promotes ‘Christian’ Values, With a Controversial Salute (Videos)
When the Boy Scouts of America announced last year that they would allow openly gay boys to become members, it was inevitable that there would be backlash from those who are anti-gay and call themselves Christians.
The Boy Scouts made the change in part to reflect the increasing acceptance of gays and lesbians in American society. A majority of Americans, for example, now believe that gay marriage should be legal, compared to just a third of Americans who believed that 10 years ago.
Nonetheless, there is still an anti-gay sentiment out there from folks who consider themselves to be Christians, and strictly because of the Boy Scout’s new gay-friendly policy, they have formed an alternative to the Boy Scouts called Trail Life USA.
The Trail Life USA Statement of Faith & Values makes their desire to exclude homosexuals from their ranks quite clear:
Their official membership policy states that “We grant membership to adults and youth who do not engage in or promote sexual immorality of any kind, or engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the program.”
Many churches are cutting ties with the Boy Scouts and switching their support to Trail Life, such as the First Baptist Church of Gravel Ridge, in Arkansas.
As did Buck Creek Baptist Church in Kentucky:
Of course, if you ask any person who uses the Bible to justify their bigotry, they are nearly unanimous in saying that they have nothing against gay people – they just hate the sin of being gay.
Kind of like saying that someone has nothing against women, they just hate that they act so… womanly.
And then there is the below controversial photo of some Trail Life members which ran in the conservative-leaning Washington Times last month. The caption of the photo originally said that the Trail Life boys in the photo were reciting their creed, but it has been changed to say that the boys are singing “Taps”.
Whether you believe that or not, considering that the original caption was on the photograph for a month before it was changed, and there are questions about whether the extended arm positions seen in the photo actually has a place in “Taps”, the boys in the photo have their arms extended in a manner depicting a similarity to the ‘Seig Heil’ salute from Nazi Germany.
Further muddying the waters is this article in the Houston Chronicle, which contains the below paragraph indicating that the boys in the photo were indeed reciting the Trail Life Oath, and not singing “Taps”.
We rest our case.