For those afraid that their sons will be tainted by the Boy Scouts of America’s inclusion of openly gay Scouts, an alternative, yet to be named organization is the next best thing, as they endorse a “Christian worldview” without the interference of the LGBT community.
“It’s our vision to be the premiere national character development organization for young men which produces godly and responsible husbands, fathers and citizens,” interim executive director Rob Green said in a press conference.
“The organization’s membership policy will focus on sexual purity rather than sexual orientation.”
Even though the BSA outlaws sexual behavior amongst its youth members, OnMyHonor.net Founder John Stemberger stresses the need for an alternative organization from the BSA, as gay scouts is, for them, an imperative issue that must be dealt with.
“The issue with Scouting is just that when you’re going to allow a young man to be in the program to be openly flaunting sexuality, that’s just inappropriate and parents do not think that’s a clean and safe environment for their kids,” Stemberger explained.
According to Green, the new Christian alternative attracted over 30,000 families. Inspired in part by American Heritage Girls, it will be not be open to all orientations, but to “all religions, races, nationalities and ethnicities.”
The BSA did not give a statement regarding the new specific Christian alternative, but responded to the swarm of options.
“It would be inappropriate for us to discuss other organizations,” BSA spokesman Deron Smith said in a press release. “We remain focused on reaching and serving youth in order to help them grow into good, strong citizens.”
Around 50 faith representatives and veteran Scout officials assembled in Louisville, Kentucky with groups such as Faith Based Boys, TrailHead USA and Frontier Service Corps present.
On May 23, over 60 percent of the BSA council voted in favor of allowing gay Boy Scouts, but have not yet changed their rules on allowing gay adults to be Scout leaders in the organization; openly gay Scouts are also no longer allowed to be active in the organization once they turn 18.
Currently, five of the BSA’s biggest religious sponsors—the Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the United Methodists, the United Methodist Board of Church and Society and the United Church of Christ—continue to support the organization.
“We interpret the bible to say that God loves all God’s children, and at this church, all of God’s children are truly welcome,” said Reverend Chase Peeples of the United Church of Christ.
Evangelical Christian groups like the Southern Baptists objected to the change and are currently searching for substitute organizations.
The new organization plans to be operational the first day of January 2014, the same day BSA institutes the new LGBT-inclusive policy.