Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Conservatives Target a Really Subversive, Anti-American, Anti-Family Value Group – The Girls Scouts

If Ignorance. Stupidity, and Prejudice Were the Coin of the Realm, These People Would be as Rich as Bill Gates

Has anyone anywhere ever thought of the Girl Scouts as something other than a nice, supportive and appropriate group for young girls?  Has anyone anywhere ever harbored any animosity against the Girl Scouts?  Does anyone anywhere think the Girl Scouts are evil?

If you answered “no” to those questions you are obviously no familiar with the modern Conservative movement.  It turns out there is a fair amount of animosity out there for the Girl Scouts by Conservative groups who see the organization as anti-family and pro-abortion rights.

Conservative activists have used social media to encourage parents to boycott cookie sales, pull their daughters out of scouts and push churches not to provide meeting spaces for troops.

Wow, pretty strong stuff.  They must have a really strong case against the Girl Scouts to take such drastic action.  Where most of us see a positive impact on society from the organization,

some religious conservatives see something very different: representatives of a dangerous, secular organization that aggressively promotes abortion and quietly encourages paganism, homosexuality and other alleged social ailments.

And Conservatives are acting on their views

Conservative activists have used social media to encourage parents to boycott cookie sales, pull their daughters out of scouts and push churches not to provide meeting spaces for troops

And at least in the D. C. area they are having some success.

This month, for the first time in our area, a church bowed to the pressure. St. Timothy Roman Catholic parish in Chantilly in Fairfax County ousted 12 troops with 115 girls. In Alexandria, Saint Rita Catholic Church is reportedly considering doing the same.

At St. Timothy, Rev. Gerald Weymes told scout leaders they could no longer use church or parochial school facilities after the current school year. He didn’t offer a public explanation and wasn’t giving interviews.

The truth of the matter is this

But the diocese didn’t deny reports that St. Timothy was unhappy with the U.S. Girl Scout organization’s membership in the international girl scouting association.

The latter group, which has members in 145 countries, supports access to contraception and is also often accused of backing abortion and being affiliated with Planned Parenthood.
To appreciate the extremity of the church’s action, consider the following: America’s Girl Scouts say explicitly, repeatedly, at the neighborhood, regional and national level, that they have no stance on birth control or abortion.

No Girl Scout dues or proceeds from cookie sales go to the international group, called the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Rebecca Munro, a spokeswoman for the association in London, said it has no position on abortion and no relationship with Planned Parenthood.

“Misinformation is passing as fact,” Diane Tipton, president of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, said in a Jan. 22 statement responding to St. Timothy’s move.

“The Girl Scout organization does not take a position on abortion or birth control, and these topics are not part of the Girl Scout program or our materials. We believe these matters are best discussed by girls with their families.”

And in case anyone thinks that would settle the issue, remember we are dealing with ideology here.  Ideologues of every type reject facts and the truth, after all that’s why they have an ideology, it combats things like logic, facts, data and the real world.

Another defender of the scouts is the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, a group that ought to have some credibility with Catholics. It’s an official church organization and has been actively investigating — and mostly refuting — the accusations for several years.

The federation’s Web site devotes a page to knocking down rumors. Girl Scouts support Planned Parenthood? “Not true,” the federation says. Girl Scout law does not refer to God anymore? “Not true.”

Don’t expect those who attack the Girl Scouts to change their views, that would be admitting they were wrong.  And once they open the door to the possibility that they were wrong on this issue, who knows what other issues they might find out they were wrong on also.  Can’t have that, so the war against 12 year old girls going camping will continue.

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