Following the Boy Scouts’ decision to allow openly gay youth to serve among their ranks, a radical conservative group announced plans yesterday to form a rival organization offering “outdoors-oriented character development programs” with a focus on “sexual purity” and “a standard statement of Christian values.”
The new organization, yet to be named and operating out of OnMyHonor.net, was reportedly formed by parents and Scouting leaders formerly associated with the Boy Scouts of America. John Stemberger, the organization’s founder, says gay youth will be allowed to join so long as they don’t “openly flaunt sexuality.” He also adds that “there is not going to be any acting out, nor is there going to be a witch hunt. We wouldn’t expect any flaunting, innuendo, gestures or speech.”
So, kind of like Russia?
The group’s mission statement claims to “be the premier national character development organization for young men which produces Godly and responsible husbands, fathers, and citizens.” Rob Green, interim executive director of OnMyHonor.net, says the organization was formed after “over 30,000 people” recommended it to him “directly.”
On June 29, the new organization was solidified after “nearly 50 leaders from around the country came together, each with a strong interest in forming a new scouting-like organization” at a meeting in Kentucky. The group plans to choose a name for the new organization at a national convention in September, and launch across the US in January.
Too bad they’re desperately late to hop on the “rival Boy Scouts” bandwagon. In April, a more inclusive Boy Scouts rival chapter—Navigators USA—announced that it would welcome all youth regardless of sexuality. One month later, a Northeastern chapter of the Boy Scouts of America officially defected from the national organization in a press release.
With all these new rival organizations popping up, how long will it take before the Boy Scouts of America is disbanded completely?