New Anti-Gay Scouting Group Uses Right-Hand Salute, Resembles Nazi Salute
Trail Life, an anti-gay, Christian-based scouting group, was launched in January and claims to have 600 units that are organized or registering in 40 states.
In a photo taken on Feb. 4, 2014, members of a Trail Life unit extended their right hands forward while singing "Taps" in North Richland Hills, Texas.
However, there is no indication that Trail Life supports Nazis, but it does oppose openly gay scouts.
"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," the Trail Life website states. "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."
Florida lawyer John Stemberger, who fought the Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow openly gay scouts, created Trail Life.
“As Christians from a scriptural basis, we love all folks, but the Scripture is very clear that being homosexual is a sin,” Ron Orr, a regional organizer who speaks to churches about Trail Life, recently told the Associated Press. “We’ve got to be able to hold a strong line and set a consistent example for our young men.”
The Boy Scouts of America, which does not allow any sexual activity among scouts, has nearly 2.5 million members, which is a 6 percent drop in membership from last year.