Via the San Jose Mercury News, not The Onion:
This is the response by anti-gay Christians to the half-assed concession by the Boy Scouts of America of allowing openly gay boys into scouting, but not adults.
Trail Life has established units in more than 40 states, mostly from Boy Scouts and parents who feel their old organization has lost its way. It has about 600 units up and running or in the process of registration, executive director Rob Green said. As many as half of those who have expressed interest were not affiliated with the Boy Scouts beforehand, Green said.
It is still a tiny movement compared to Scouting, which has nearly 2.5 million youth members and remains a powerful force in American life, even with a 6 percent drop in membership last year.
Trail Life promotes itself on its website as the “premier national character development organization for young men which produces Godly and responsible husbands, fathers and citizens.”
And for the Fatherland.
Update: John Stemberger, chairman of Trail Life, wants the AP to remove the photo from its archives and says that the image was “unintentional.”
Unfortunately the reporter (either intentionally or unintentionally) caught this photograph at the exact angle which makes their arms look like they are in some kind of a stationary mid-air salute– which they are not.
He went on to note that “”several unfriendly blogs online are likely still carrying the highly misleading photo.” Hey, I’m a Quaker. You can’t get more Friendly than that.
HT to Balloon Juice.