By Margot Cleveland May 10, It sure is easy to get confused these days. One moment Resistance against offensive politics and policies is brave. As he put it: To follow Jesus and his Gospel will often require us to be counter-cultural. With the promotion by Girl Scouts USA GSUSA of programs and materials reflective of many of the troubling trends in our secular culture, they are no longer a compatible partner in helping us form young women with the virtues and the values of the Gospel.
The response from the Left? So say goodbye to all those pedophile priests. What a clever ad hominem attack! Thus, according to its webpage, girls recite this creed at the beginning of meetings. Maybe an organization which seeks to instill Christian virtues and values, and hold up role models committed to lives of purity, is a better fit for Catholic girls than, say, a secular organization—like the Girl Scouts—which holds up Margaret Sanger as a hero. There is a crucial difference. No innocent budding feminists to shield from hearing from the wrong women about a complicated world that too often subjugates women to second-class status.
The Boy Scouts decision came out in January. The Archdiocese has been evaluating concerns over the Girl Scouts since , and during that ten-year period it consulted with youth ministry leaders, parents, Girl Scout representatives, and lay Church leaders. Could you imagine the outrage had the Archdiocese immediately terminated its relationship with the Girls Scouts in when the first complaints rolled in? But fear not, Ms. Sanchez dismisses the connections showcased on mygirlscoutcouncil.
The archbishop was right to find such financial support objectionable. All valid reasons for the archbishop to opt to transition to the American Heritage Girls. At the time, Mary Rice Hasson obliterated that fake news, writing: It is the nature of the Girl Scouts that has laid the ground work for the schism of recent years.
Programming and emphasis can shift troop to troop, with local dictates, individual scouts and their leaders making choices. Back then, all Christian faiths taught that birth control, abortion, premarital sex, and homosexual sex were immoral. AHG promotes character, independence, life skills and virtue without the added baggage of an agenda that, in my view and the view of the Catholic Church, harms women. It is resisting the culture. But I guess resistance only merits celebration when it consists of the liberal kind—pointless posing with pussy hats and pee-ins.
Conservatives have come to accept that double standards are just the way the Trefoils crumble. Margot Cleveland is a senior contributor to The Federalist. Cleveland served nearly 25 years as a permanent law clerk to a federal appellate judge and is a former full-time faculty member and current adjunct instructor at the college of business at the University of Notre Dame.