published Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Alabama pastor to ban Boy Scouts from meeting at church

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An Alabama pastor says a Boy Scout troop will no longer be allowed to meet at his church after the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow openly gay scout members.

First Baptist Church of Helena Pastor Greg Walker tells WBRC-TV that as a pastor and a Christian, he can’t allow a group “to openly support a sinful lifestyle under the umbrella of First Baptist Helena.”

The Greater Alabama Council of Boy Scouts said in a statement that if churches prevent them from meeting as a result of the national decision, they will work with troops to find other sites.

Walker said he planned to meet with Troop 2’s leader today to discuss the changes. He says he will give the troop time to find a new place.

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