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Former Arkansas governor and current minister of misinformation at Fox News has had enough of the Boy Scouts of America and their kind-of-sort-of reversal on the ban of gay scouts. He's backing a new Christian youth group called Trail Life USA as an alternative to those slightly more tolerant Boy Scouts of America.

From their website:

While the program is undergirded by Biblical values and unapologetically reflects a Christian worldview, there is also a clearly defined inclusion policy for youth. Accordingly, all boys are welcome irrespective of religion, race, national origin or socio-economic status. Our goal is for parents and families of every faith to be able to place their boys in a youth program that endeavors to provide moral consistency and ethical integrity in its adult leaders.

Charter partners own and operate local groups, selecting leaders and admitting members as they deem beneficial to their group and within the parameters of the national policy.

The basis for the program’s ethical and moral standards are found in the Bible. In terms of sexual identification and behavior, we affirm that any sexual activity outside the context of the covenant of marriage between one man and one woman is sinful before God and therefore inconsistent with the values and principles of the program.

Within these limits, 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.

Emphasis added. No sexual activity, of any kind, before marriage. I'm sure teenage boys will be lining up!

And thank goodness they got Mike Huckabee to step up and plug their new group. If there is anyone who knows how scouting can shape a young man into a leader, it's Huckabee:

One issue likely to get attention is his handling of a sensitive family matter: allegations that one of his sons was involved in the hanging of a stray dog at a Boy Scout camp in 1998. The incident led to the dismissal of David Huckabee, then 17, from his job as a counselor at Camp Pioneer in Hatfield, Ark. It also prompted the local prosecuting attorney— bombarded with complaints generated by a national animal-rights group—to write a letter to the Arkansas state police seeking help investigating whether David and another teenager had violated state animal-cruelty laws. The state police never granted the request, and no charges were ever filed. But John Bailey, then the director of Arkansas's state police, tells NEWSWEEK that Governor Huckabee's chief of staff and personal lawyer both leaned on him to write a letter officially denying the local prosecutor's request. Bailey, a career officer who had been appointed chief by Huckabee's Democratic predecessor, said he viewed the lawyer's intervention as improper and terminated the conversation. Seven months later, he was called into Huckabee's office and fired. "I've lost confidence in your ability to do your job," Bailey says Huckabee told him. One reason Huckabee cited was "I couldn't get you to help me with my son when I had that problem," according to Bailey. "Without question, [Huckabee] was making a conscious attempt to keep the state police from investigating his son," says I. C. Smith, the former FBI chief in Little Rock, who worked closely with Bailey and called him a "courageous" and "very solid" professional.

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  •  Godwin Youth - Karma is a female dog (3+ / 0-)
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    irate, prfb, wintergreen8694
    One issue likely to get attention is his handling of a sensitive family matter: allegations that one of his sons was involved in the hanging of a stray dog at a Boy Scout camp in 1998. The incident led to the dismissal of David Huckabee, then 17, from his job as a counselor at Camp Pioneer in Hatfield, Ark.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 12:36:12 PM PDT

  •  Are they asking Trail Life USA youths to become (4+ / 0-)
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    irate, annieli, Buckeye54, JBraden

    "Masters of their own Domaine", if you know what I mean?  That's going to be a hard, hard sell.

    And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

    by MrJersey on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 01:23:25 PM PDT

  •  To paraphrase Molly Ivins, this announcement (3+ / 0-)
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    wintergreen8694, chicating, memiller

    probably sounded much better in the original German:
    "Kraft, Standfestigkeit, Weiße"

  •  nothing sexually immoral (1+ / 0-)
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    except when our counselors "play" with your sons

  •  The rubes are going to freak when... (3+ / 0-)

    they find out the new organizationwill also let in homosexual youth, so long as they aren't sexually active on a camping trip.  Incidentally, that's the same standard the BSA has now.

    The new movement will also be hard-pressed to defend itself if it looks too much like the BSA, or uses names or symbols that might be confused with the BSA.  All of the names, ranks and symbols are copyrighted and trademarked six ways from Sunday, and the BSA lawyers will come down on them like a ton of bricks if there is even a hint of infringement.  I expect that most of the new organization's funding will be tied up for years trying, and failing to get their boys recognized as Eagle Scouts.

    The Scout Law (trustworthy, loyal, helpful...) is a GREAT liberal manifesto.

    by DaytonMike on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 01:47:08 PM PDT

  •  What?!?! (0+ / 0-)

    A scout group with no circle jerks?  Who would join that?

    "Dissent is the Highest form of Patriotism." Tommy J.

    by Dissentinator on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 01:48:41 PM PDT

  •  From a Bigot's Point of View... (0+ / 0-)

    ... It's still a net gain. Sure, the policy on gay scouts and atheists isn't really any different from the current BSA policies, though probably gay "Trail Life USA" members would have to be even more closeted than in the Boy Scouts.

    But on the other hand, the Boy Scouts IS open to Buddhists, Muslims, Jews, and probably even Wiccans, though you might get some funny looks if you promised on your honor to do your best for Goddess and your country.

    Well, there won't be any of those commie Jesus-killers in Trail Life USA, no sirree bob! And no touchy-feely stuff, either. Just good healthy, clean all-American kids who use their hands only to fold together in prayer, and to torture-murder stray dogs who nobody cares about anyway.  


    SCOUTING GROUP!  Because he does not support Biblical Covenant Marriage.

    There are three kinds of stupid: 'Stupid', 'Really Stupid', and 'Stupid-Like-a-Republican'. With sincere apologies to Benjamin Disraeli.

    by MARTinNJ on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 12:29:33 AM PDT

  •  Sounds like pedo heaven... (0+ / 0-)

    And those boys may get their first sexual experience, because isn't it always these repressed weirdos who go all bunga bunga on kids entrusted to their care?

    Republicans and Christians and Hypocrites, oh, my!

    That said, I would no more turn a kid over to these people than I'd let my kid go on a Big Gay Cruise with the local Catholic diocese.

    Be alert for any sort of 'Pray Away the Gay' nonsense. Illegal in some states.

    THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN CONTROL PEOPLE IS TO LIE TO THEM. You can write that down in your book in great big letters. -- L. Ron Hubbard Technique 88

    by xenubarb on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 03:04:44 AM PDT

  •  Is the cap they wear white and have a point? (1+ / 0-)
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    This is going to be entertaining.

    Tail Life USA...opps

    Trail Life USA

    Sarcasm on...It is so nice I live in a post racial America...Sarcasm off.

    by wbishop3 on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 06:55:30 AM PDT

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