18.9.13

You Should Give These Bearded Rock Priests Your Money



The insanely good and criminally underappreciated indie rock band Luxury recorded for the flagship evangelical Christian rock label Tooth and Nail Records in the late 1990s, during which time they also suffered a devastating touring van accident that left several members of the band critically injured. This was The Thing about Luxury in the 90's. They made two very good post-90s albums as well, and then splintered off into side projects. There is now a new Thing about Luxury, which you will learn in second sentence of the next paragraph.

10.9.13

Scouts: Like Us

So you want to enroll your kid in scouts? Great. Which one?

There's Boy Scouts, the 103-year-old big baddy of all scouting programs. Sure, membership has been declining over the years. Yes, the BSA's attempt at Solomonically splitting the baby in half by banning gay adult leaders while welcoming gay youth befuddles people on both wings of the debate. Still, even with the decline and discord, the BSA still 2.6 million scouts strong.

The upstart Trail Life USA held their convention this weekend and announced they are launching an alternative to the BSA in 2014. Reporters were not permitted at the convention, however their statement outlined their distinctiveness from BSA:

"Trail Life USA will be inclusive of boys, regardless of religion, race, national origin or socioeconomic status, and accept boys who are experiencing same-sex attractions or gender confusion.However, it will not admit youth who are open or avowed about their homosexuality, and it will not admit boys who are not 'biologically male' or boys who wish to dress and act like girls."

Meanwhile, Navigators (not to be confused with the Colorado Springs adult discipleship group), is a secular and coed scouting group.