The BSA is not a religious organization per se, at least not a religion. The reason atheists and agnostics, and up until now gay scouts, are excluded is because of the founding principles as outlined in the Scout Oath and Scout Law which is recited at the opening of each meeting and scouts are expected to live by. How could, or better, why would a person stand and recite the oath “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God…” if he doesn’t believe it nor mean it? As for gays, the part of the oath that states “to keep my self morally straight” has been the hang up. “Straight” in this case isn’t specifically referring to sexual orientation, rather a general adherence to what have up till recent years been considered traditional moral values. As for the LDS church, their approach to gays has been that someone who identifies as gay can fully participate in church activity as long as they are not actively living a homosexual lifestyle and relationship much the same as a heterosexual person who is a sex addict but as long as they don’t act upon the temptation. Agree or disagree (I can already hear the angry comments that they are denying who they are, bla bla bla), this is how the LDS church reconciles its beliefs with complex issue that is homosexuality. The foundational belief is not that we are gay or straight, but that who we really are, we are first children of a loving Heavenly Father.