National Guard Unit Tries to Ban Christian Scouting Group
A Pennsylvania National Guard unit got a lesson in First Amendment fairness after it attempted to ban a Christian scouting group from taking a tour of its facility.
It all began in February when a Pennsylvania troop for Trail Life USA, a Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts of America, contacted the National Guard unit in Fort Indian Gap, Pennsylvania, to schedule a tour of the facility. While National Guard officials initially agreed to host Trail Life troop PA-2717 for a tour, in April a staff sergeant with the Guard unit called back to say that the tour had been cancelled because of the troop‚Äôs Christian affiliation.
In response, Trail Life USA contacted First Liberty Institute and the Pennsylvania-based Independence law center, two public policy legal groups that represent individuals and organizations whose religious and First Amendment freedoms have been violated.
Good point, Wayfarer. I checked SPLC's list and did not see Trail Life USA. The list is long and full of any group that opposes any sort of racial or sexual minority, including a Jewish group who opposes a two state solution in Israel and well known, respectable Christian ministries who oppose the sexual revolution. They are lumped in with despicable Christain Israelite groups. So based on that very broad criteria, Trail Life USA probably will be targeted by the pro-LGBT/unisex crowd for having the audacity of teaching boys to grow up to be men who stand up for the Lord, His church, and the man's family.
Agree, Neil. After spending 20+ and retiring, your description is quite accurate. Still, I came to saving faith on active duty and met many Christians.
As for this story, it is gratifying to see that groups who espouse faith in Christ have equal access. It's a bit of a mystery to me how this installation came to its original conclusion, but I've seen senior people make mistakes.
I've doubted for awhile whether it's prudent to encourage young Christians to have anything to do with the military, which has long harbored profane, dissolute, and promiscuous men (and now women) who cannot abide godliness and make every effort to undermine it in others.
The military is like alcohol: not sinful in itself, but hazardous enough to be wary of.