It's time for Catholics to carefully and prayerfully consider whether Girl Scouts still fits in the framework of authentically living our faith in the world.
I'll miss the cookies, but my daughters' hearts and minds are more important.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - They'll soon be knocking on my door, tempting me with my favorite box of cookies, and with a sad heart I will say no. With all due respect to the many, many great Girl Scout troops out there and their wonderful leaders, I simply cannot support the Girl Scouts anymore, and I propose that all Catholics carefully and prayerfully consider whether this organization still fits in the framework of authentically living our faith in the world.
I don't say this lightly and I mean no disrespect to the moms and girls around the country who are part of vibrant, positive and generous troops who serve their communities with pride. However, it's time to seriously examine the leadership of Girl Scouts on a national level and honestly evaluate their message and agenda. I believe it's time to make a painful break for the sake of our daughters.
What I've learned over the last year tells me that the Girl Scouts organization has taken a very liberal feminist and pro-homosexual turn, and more disturbing, a sharp turn away from acknowledging God. For example, since 1993 the Girl Scouts USA curriculum now reads, "Girl Scouts of the USA makes no attempt to define or interpret the word "God" in the Girl Scout Promise. It looks to individual members to establish for themselves the nature of their spiritual beliefs. When making the Girl Scout promise, individuals may substitute wording appropriate to their own beliefs for the word "God."
While many will argue that Girl Scouts is simply respecting the beliefs or non-beliefs of its members, who come from varied backgrounds, this "tolerant" oath denies the One True God, allowing a girl to swear her oath to a tree or an animal or anything else she chooses to substitute for the word "God."
I'm also disturbed by the treatment of our nation's flag at the 2008 Girl Scout National Council Session and Convention. The traditional flag ceremony was trashed, as was the playing of our National Anthem. Flags of all nations were brought in bunched together to Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire tunes. That just doesn't' sit well with this Army wife.
My greatest concern lies with the Girl Scouts curriculum called "Journeys." This new program steadily leads the girls down a path of moral relativism toward the New Age. (An excellent review of "Journeys" can be read here.) Having read through the highlights on the Girl Scouts website, I'm left with the distinct impression I've just joined a Zen-yoga, environmental, defeat global warming, free choice, girl-power, modern feminist think-tank. There's lots of talk about "women's issues", environmental issues, empowerment, and the new "globalism", but no mention of God and very little of country.
By the time the girls reach grades nine and ten, they are introduced to "Girltopia." This book emphasizes the disparity between the sexes, particularly when it comes to jobs and wages, and asks, "How could everyone create a Girltopia?" The text then praises three different books on the subject of utopias, including, "The Gate to Women's Country," by feminist author Sheri S. Tepper, who also happens to be the Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood.
In grades 11 and 12, the curriculum is called "Your Voice, Your World: The Power of Advocacy." The most disturbing part is that at the bottom of each page is a "Voice for Good" featuring women meant to be role models for the girls to follow. More than 50 women are named, and only 3 are women of faith, including Mother Teresa.
Mainly, these "role models" are feminists, lesbians, existentialists, communists, and Marxists. Here are just a few examples:
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn: labor leader, activist, feminist, founding member of the ACLU and chairwoman of the American Communist Party.
Simone de Beauvoir: existentialist, French author of feminist books including The Second Sex, key player in France's women's liberation movement.
Billie Jean King: retired tennis champion, sued for palimony by lesbian girlfriend while she was still married, first prominent professional athlete to come out as homosexual.
Betty Friedman: feminist writer on Girl Scouts' board of directors best remembered for 1963 book, The Feminine Mystique, primary founder and first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), founder of the National Women's Political Caucus, strong opponent of abortion laws, founder of the National Abortion Rights Action league, or NARAL, active in Marxist circles, spoke in favor of "homosexual rights."
Excepting, of course, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, these are not women I want held up as role models for my daughters. Yet these are the women whose lives and works are chosen by Girl Scouts to inspire and motivate our young girls into advocacy. Advocacy for what? Abortion, homosexual rights, and male-bashing, liberal feminism? No thanks.
On the national level, the Girl Scouts National Conclave in 2005 featured pro-abortion and pro-lesbian speakers like Dr. Johnetta Cole and Kavita Ramdas. Dr. Cole has some very strong and disturbing words about God (whom she refers to as "she"), sexuality and marriage, like:
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