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SUNDAY REVELATIONS: Christianity Has its Own Boy Scouts

Trail Life USA: Purity Scouts.

This was no small decision. Four generations of Orr men had been Eagles, including Ron and Andrew’s older brother. Andrew had spent years working toward Scouting’s highest rank, and was just months from reaching it.

After the  Boy Scouts had decided to admit gays, Ron Orr, clear about his Christian faith and what it says about homosexuality, offered his son a membership on Trail Life

“It felt like I’d be hitting something higher than Eagle in terms of achievement,” Andrew said, in an interview.  So Orr and his son left BSA and set out with other families to build a new organization based on what they believe to be Christian values. Orr is a regional organizer who speaks to churches and groups about Trail Life. His son now aspires to achieve a Freedom Award, the new group’s highest rank. (AP story)

In this Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 photo, Trail Life members …

“As Christians from a scriptural basis, we love all folks, but the Scripture is very clear that being homosexual is a sin,” Ron Orr said in an interview. “We’ve got to be able to hold a strong line and set a consistent example for our young men.”

Its official membership standards policy welcomes all boys, but adds, “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.”

 


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