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PA National Guard Unit Bans Christian Scouts From Tour Because of Religious Beliefs

A Pennsylvania-based Christian scouting troop was banned from touring a National Guard facility due to the troop’s religious affiliation.

The  Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard regularly hosts tours for Boy Scout troops, civic and other youth organizations.  However, last February, Trail Life USA Troopmaster Joseph Evege sent an email asking if he could schedule a tour for Troop PA-2717.  After submitting the required paperwork, in April, Evege was told the group could not participate because they belonged to a Christian scouting organization.

Trail Life USA is a church-based, Christ-centered and boy-focused scouting organization that was founded in 2013 as an alternative to the Boy Scouts, according to Fox News.

In an op-ed posted on the Fox News website,Todd Starnes, host of ‘The Todd Starnes Radio Show” and “Starnes Country” on Fox Nation, reminded the Guard unit “the idea that Christian boys would be banned strictly because of their religious beliefs is not only ludicrous, but it’s also illegal.”

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