In response to the organization’s decision to lift a ban on gay youth earlier this year, former boy scouts convened in Tennessee this weekend to hammer out the nuts-and-bolts of a faith-based alternative.
NBC News reports that more than 1,200 ex-participants of the Boy Scouts of America, hailing from 44 states, met in Nashville for a two-day “national leadership conference,” at which the “new scouts’” name, logo, and uniforms were selected.
“I want to have a prominent faith component that will be weaved in every fiber of the program,” Stemberger, an Orlando attorney who has reportedly been criticized for professing homophobic beliefs, told NBC News.
“But at the same time, we are not going to become religious and churchy. This is not another church program. This is going to be a masculine outdoor program to raise young men.”
Alan Scheer, 50, a one-time Scoutmaster from Oklahoma who was in attendance at the Trail Life USA conference, said, “I’ve cried a river since this started. I wanted to be buried in my Scout uniform.
These guys are so far in the closet, they’re practically in Narnia.