Calling the Boy Scouts "a fast-sinking ship" for its "tragic...cave-in to extremist political groups" - aka its compromise decision to allow gay youth, but still not adults, into its time-honored, knot-tying ranks - right-wingers have embraced the "life raft for the multitudes" that is Trail Life USA, a new Christian-based, home-schooled, Bible-quoting, "national character development" alternative to the BSA that declares homosexuality "sinful before God," warns that its perverts with "carnal appetites for other males" want to take your sons on overnight camping trips, and instead aims to mold "Godly and responsible husbands, fathers and citizens" from young men who will "live a life of holiness (in) heart, mind, word and deed" based on the moral ideal of "what God would want... (having) been called according to his purpose." For its scouts, or "trailmen," the organization has created new ranks, oaths, handshakes, uniforms, awards - Freedom is the highest - a salute that may or may not, depending on the backstory, bear an unsettlling resemblance to Hitler Youth, a coda for boys to serve as "the salt of the earth" in order to preserve it, and a love-the-sinner-hate-the-sin model that preaches, "We condemn you not, now go and sin no more," leaving proponents free to go out into a moribund world of their own fearful fevered imaginings in which there are no gays, Jews, Muslims, atheists, others of any variety or sexy-sex good times outside the sanctity of boy/girl marriage, because the Bible says so. “Real men value truth over tradition,” chairman John Stemberger told a cheering crowd at the convention where Trail Life was unveiled. “Real men value principle over program, and they value integrity over institutions.” We have no idea what that means, except no weirdos allowed.
Purity // God calls us to lives of holiness, being pure of heart, mind, word and deed. We are to reserve sexual activity for the sanctity of marriage, a lifelong commitment before God between a man and a woman.
Service // God calls us to become responsible members of our community and the world through selfless acts that contribute to the welfare of others.
Stewardship // God calls us to use our God-given time, talents, and money wisely.
Integrity // God calls us to live moral lives that demonstrate an inward motivation to do what is biblically right regardless of the cost.
“Real men value truth over tradition,” john Stemberger chairman of board told the cheering convention crowd. “Real men value principle over program, and they value integrity over institutions.”