An unidentified protester holds a sign near where the Boy Scouts of America is holding their annual meeting, May 22, 2013, in Grapevine, Texas. Delegates to the meeting are expected to address a proposal to allow gay scouts into the organization. (LM Otero/AP)

Boy Scouts Allowing Gay Youth OK With Mormon Church

Opponents of tolerating gay scouts plan a private meeting for June.

An unidentified protester holds a sign near where the Boy Scouts of America is holding their annual meeting, May 22, 2013, in Grapevine, Texas. Delegates to the meeting are expected to address a proposal to allow gay scouts into the organization. (LM Otero/AP)

An unidentified protester holds a sign near where the Boy Scouts of America held their annual meeting, May 22, 2013, in Grapevine, Texas.

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"Boy Scouts of America believes that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God," says the statement. "Because of Scouting's methods and beliefs, Scouting does not accept atheists and agnostics as members or adult volunteer leaders."

Atheists have called on the Boy Scouts to knock down the ban on nonbelievers next. "If the Boy Scouts want to stay relevant, they need to finish the job," said August Brunsman, executive director of the Secular Student Alliance, a nonprofit that supports nonreligious high school and college students.

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