I used to hate this time of year. My stomach was in knots as I encountered eager young girls dressed in smart green or brown uniforms selling Girl Scout cookies.There was a time when I simply bought a box from every young girl I encountered. It didn’t matter how many boxes I already had at home. I simply bought more. I thought of it as a way to pay back the people who bought them from me in my youth. Also, I was giving other young girls a chance to enjoy the scouting experience.
As much as it hurts me to turn down a cute little girl, wide-eyed with the anticipation of her next sale, I simply can’t do it anymore!
It’s not that I don’t want to support scouting. It’s just that I cannot continue to support what the Girl Scouts have become: a tool of the radical feminist movement, anti-God, pro-abortion, pro-homosexuality.
Today, the scouting experience largely depends on the area council and local troop leaders. Some still may be quite conservative, but these troops swim upstream against the national organization, which has run amuck.
While the Boy Scouts have stood against pressure exerted by atheists, gay activists and other left-leaning forces that have sought to undermine its core value system, the Girl Scouts have become a model of political correctness, even allowing their area councils and troops to partner with Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.
In fact, the Girl Scouts have turn to Planned Parenthood for their anything-goes-as-long-as-it-goes-with-a-condom brand of sex education.
Monday is the 95th birthday of the Girl Scouts. A turning point came in 1970. This was the year feminist icon Betty Friedan was put on the national governing board. It wasn’t long before the Girl Scouts began purging its materials of all positive references to homemakers.
In 1980, the organizations changed its policy on homosexuality and welcomed lesbians as scouts and troop leaders.
In the 1997 book “On My Honor: Lesbians Reflect on Their Scouting Experience,” Marcia Munson revealed that she was first introduced to lesbianism at a Girl Scout camp when she was only 13. Karen Gotzler, who was an administrator in a Midwest GSUSA council, estimated that 30 percent of the professional staff were lesbians, although most of the troop leaders and local volunteers were straight. Dr. Margaret Cruikshank noted that “Scouts” provided the “perfect cover” for lesbians in camp leadership.
In 1993, the Girl Scouts leadership took aim at God Himself when it changed the rules to allow girls to substitute another word for God when reciting the promise, which now reads:
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God* and my country
To help people at all times and
To live by the Girl Scout Law.
Yes, God has been reduced to an asterisk. Girls are now free to state that they will serve Buddha, a Wiccan high priestess or even themselves. The latter seems appropriate after reviewing some of the current Scout materials, which stress “girl empowerment” and moral relativism.
Can the Girl Scouts be saved? Unfortunately, no. Once feminists gained control of the Girl Scout board, they appointed only like-minded women as delegates to the national convention. Local councils select area delegates, but these delegates have no say in national policy.
People of faith need to think twice before allowing their young girls to join the Girl Scouts, becoming a leader or supporting the organization’s fund-raising efforts.
Some 95 percent of Americans believe in a creator God in whose image we are made and a value system based on His character, revealed in His Word. The other value system is that of atheism or secular humanism. In that value system, everything is situational; anything goes. These two value systems are mutually exclusive. They cannot coexist.
The good news is that there is still a way for young girls to experience a wholesome scouting experience. In 1995, Patti Garibay, a former Girl Scout troop leader and area delegate founded American Heritage Girls. AHG now has some 6,000 members with 1,200 volunteers in 33 states.
This year, I photocopied a little note to give to all the Girl Scouts I meet saying that I would like to support their efforts but can no longer support the values promoted by the national organization. I tell them that I will gladly donate $100 to their troop if it will switch its affiliation to the American Heritage Girls. I enclose my name and phone number so that they can count on me to write a check, along with contact information for AHG:
American Heritage Girls