Friday 22nd May 2015

Home » Featured Today » Currently Reading:

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Profile: Girls Scouts Of America”

July 23, 2014 Featured Today No Comments

By BRIAN CLOWES

(Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of this article with footnotes, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.)

+    +    +

We’ve all had little girls in uniform appear on our porches selling Girl Scout cookies (with watchful mothers standing nearby). Just about everyone loves Girl Scout cookies. In fact, one of our neighbors back in Oregon had a sign on his door saying, “No Soliciting — unless you have Thin Mints.” My wife Kathy enjoyed her years as a Girl Scout in the 1960s, and still tells great stories about her experiences.
Unfortunately, about the time my wife left the Girl Scouts of America, signs of corruption were already appearing. Today, the rot is far advanced. Shortly after becoming executive director of the GSA in 2001, Marty Evans boasted: “We’re not your mother’s Girl Scout troop.”
Truer words have never been spoken.
The Girl Scouts have been watering down their core values for decades. In 1972, it dropped “loyalty” from its oath in favor of “I will do my best to be honest and fair.” In 1993, it made “God” optional in the Girl Scout Promise.
Organizations that fall victim to the anti-life mentality almost always begin by embracing permissive forms of sex education. In 1967, the Girl Scouts said that it “accepted responsibility for a supplementary role in sex education for its girl members….Girl Scouts of the USA hereby reaffirms that sex education and human sexuality programming developed in collaboration with the family, religious groups, school, and community are components of the Girl Scout program.”
This move was not demanded by the parents of Girl Scouts; it was unilaterally enacted by the leadership of the GSA. In a 1983 Position Statement, the Girl Scouts of America reiterated its position, stating that: “Resolved, that Girl Scouts of the USA hereby reaffirms that sex education and human sexuality programming developed in collaboration with the family, religious groups, school, and community are components of the Girl Scout program.”
The leadership of the Girl Scouts at all levels has been despoiled by the Culture of Death. It is so bad now that the GSA welcomes boys who think that they are girls, and allows them to dress as girls. If any Girl Scout leader objects to this obviously harmful practice, she is shipped off to mandatory “sensitivity classes” (that is, brainwashing sessions). If she does not “reform” her thinking, she is not invited back.
The Senior Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, for girls 14 and over, includes exercises that relate the Girl Scout Promise and Law to such situations as “supporting a decision to pull a life-support system from a dying relative” and “ending a pregnancy.” Some activities “you can do as a Girl Scout to address contemporary issues” include “organiz[ing] an event to make people aware of gender bias” or “help[ing] organize an Earth Day celebration.”
The problems afflicting the Girl Scouts can be better understood in the context of its three-tiered command structure. The Girl Scouts of America (GSA) is the largest of about 150 member associations of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). In turn, the GSA has about 300 regional councils, which have great latitude in planning their activities.

Problems Above: WAGGGS

The GSA has taken the lead of its mother organization WAGGGS, which said in its 2000 publication Exploring Spirituality: “You can rarely state that something is definitely right or wrong,” a concise statement of situational ethics.
WAGGGS openly partners with population control groups such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), PLAN International, and UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women), the radical feminist arm of the United Nations. WAGGGS was also heavily involved in formulating the “Bali Global Youth Forum Declaration,” which demands the legalization of prostitution and which states that countries “should never prevent access to family planning, safe and legal abortion, and other reproductive health services — recognizing that young people have autonomy over their own bodies, pleasures, and desires.”
In 2002, WAGGGS presented UNFPA Executive Director Nafis Sadik with its “World Citizenship Award.” By this time, UNFPA support of the Chinese forced-abortion program was well-known. According to the WAGGGS web site, its attendees particularly appreciated hearing Sadik say:
“[The policies advanced by UNFPA] may not reflect the narrow traditional moral boundaries which some people would draw around sexual behavior. In that case, I would suggest that the boundaries need to be redrawn. In many cases I believe that restrictive morality is being used falsely, as a means of asserting power, over women in particular….We must make male and female condoms far more widely available, and we must demand that men use them.”
WAGGGS has been listed as a “source of population assistance” by the UNFPA since at least 1993.
The WAGGGS “AIDS Badge Curriculum” suggests that girls should “visit one of the places in your community where young women can go for health care related to pregnancy prevention. . . . Invite a counselor from this agency to use fingers or another suitable object to demonstrate how to use a condom properly.”
WAGGGS has also thrown its considerable weight behind the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), saying: “To rapidly improve the status of the girl child and unlock their potential, the international community, governments, and civil society need to focus on two areas: girls’ empowerment and integration in decision-making at all levels; and education and training, especially on sexual and reproductive health and rights.”

Problems Below: The Councils

The Girls Scouts of America has steadfastly denied that it has ever been involved in human sexuality issues. The GSA’s web site has a “Frequently Asked Questions: Social Issues” segment, and one of the questions is: “What is Girl Scouts of the USA’s position regarding human sexuality, birth control, and abortion?” The answer is “Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) does not take a position or develop materials on these issues. We feel our role is to help girls develop self-confidence and good decision-making skills that will help them make wise choices in all areas of their lives.”
However, in 2004, STOPP (Stop Planned Parenthood) asked the 315 GSA councils if they had a working relationship with PP. Two hundred forty-nine refused to answer, and 17 of the 66 that did reply (or 26 percent), said that they did indeed have a relationship with PP, usually relying on the organization to provide sex education materials.
Former GSA CEO Kathy Cloninger revealed in the same year that “we have relationships with our church communities, with YWCAs and with Planned Parenthood organizations across the country to bring information-based sex education to girls.” The GSA headquarters claims to have no partnerships with Planned Parenthood, which may technically be true, but local councils are free to participate with PP in any activities they desire, such as when GSA councils in New York, Texas, and Arizona partnered with Planned Parenthood on its explicit “Real Life. Real Talk” or “Nobody’s Fool” sex-education programs.
In addition to its many ties to Planned Parenthood, the Girl Scouts of America engages in pro-abortion activism itself in sometimes subtle and manipulative ways. For example, the GSA partners with many pro-abortion groups and blogs such as the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW, now called Re:Gender), Our Bodies Our Blog, Racialicious, RH Reality Check, Ms. Blog, Third Wave Foundation, and the Women’s Media Center — but does not partner with any pro-life groups.

Conclusion

Before allowing your little girl to join the Girl Scouts, it would be a good idea to read a document published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) which expresses grave concerns about the pervasive pro-abortion and anti-family activities of the Girl Scouts. In 2013, the USCCB published a question & answer guide based on a dialogue between the staff of the USCCB and the Girl Scouts of America. This document is named “Questions and Answers About Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and About Catholic Scouting,” and you can find it on the USCCB’s web site.
Fortunately there are several solid Christian alternatives to the Girl Scouts. These include American Heritage Girls, whose mission is to “build women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.” There are also the Little Flower Girls’ Club, Pioneer Girls, and GEMS Girls’ Clubs.
Although it may be hard to do so, we might want to consider politely declining to purchase Girl Scout cookies the next time we are asked, since their sale makes up a large percentage of the budget of the Girl Scouts national headquarters and councils. So the next time you’re tempted by Thin Mints, Savannah Smiles, or Do-si-dos, remember that the ideology of the Girl Scouts of America is nowhere as sweet as its cookies.

Latest Message: 9 months, 3 weeks ago
  • Theodore : This site rocks!
  • Joe : testing again
  • guest_6778 : This is another test! ..................................................................................................

Share Button

Comment on this Article:

Untitled 3

Pope FrancisAn Open Letter To His Holiness Pope Francis      Given the controversy and confusion surrounding the 2014 Synod on the Family, the staff of The Wanderer and its supporters thought it appropriate to address Pope Francis with an open letter . . .

Boy Scouts president: We need to allow open homosexual leaders

May 22, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Boy Scouts of America president Robert Gates says the youth organization must change with the times and allow open homosexual men to serve as Scout leaders. Gates, the former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA…Continue Reading

Federal Court Forces University of Notre Dame to Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate

A federal appeals court has denied a request by the University of Notre Dame to get out of having to comply with the pro-abortion HHS mandate that is a part of Obamacare and requires businesses and church groups to pay…Continue Reading

The Reception of Holy Communion in the United States

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Francis has decided to mark the occasion with the “Year of Mercy.” Despite much happy-talk and positive papal press, it is a time of foreboding in…Continue Reading

‘Eleven Christians Killed Every Hour,’ Says Irish Bishop

According to Bishop John McAreavey, the Chair of the Council for Justice & Peace of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, statistics show that the situation of Christian persecution in the world is far more dire than most people understand. The…Continue Reading

Africa’s experience of family life must be heard at synod, Pope tells Togo’s bishops

Pope Francis received Togo’s bishops in audience on May 11 as part of their quinquennial ad limina visit to Rome. The West African nation of 6.8 million is 20% Muslim, 15% Protestant, and 14% Catholic, with approximately half of the…Continue Reading

The eco-encyclical won’t commit the Church to unsettled science

By the time the environment encyclical of Pope Francis is released, it will be anti-climactic. Not anti-climate change to be sure, as the Holy See is certainly enthusiastic about the issue. Actually, it is against climate change, but enthusiastic about…Continue Reading

“America’s Changing Religious Landscape.”

The Pew Research Center just released its latest study on “America’s Changing Religious Landscape.” The subtitle tells the story: “Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population; Unaffiliated and Other Faiths Continue to Grow.” For our purposes, I want to focus…Continue Reading

Vatican cardinal sees no change in family teachings at synod

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A senior Vatican cardinal predicted Saturday that there will be no change in the Catholic Church‘s practice and teaching about marriage, divorce and the reception of Communion at an upcoming meeting of bishops on family issues. Cardinal…Continue Reading

Synod Leader: Don’t Expect Changes in Catholic Church Policy

Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdo, who is playing a key role in the Catholic Church’s upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family, said there will be no changes in church policy coming as a result of the summit. There has been…Continue Reading

Germany’s bishops vote to allow Church employees to publicly defy Catholic teaching

WURZBURG, Germany, May 6, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) — On April 27 in Würzburg, the German bishops approved with more than a two-thirds majority a reform of the Catholic Church’s Labor Law in Germany, allowing some Church employees to publicly defy Church…Continue Reading

Archbishop Cupich Getting Comfortable With Pro-Aborts On Immigration Reform

True to his claim that immigration reform is “God’s agenda,” Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich has been cozying up to pro-abortion Democrats to get his social justice initiatives underway.  On Sunday, the Archbishop joined Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Il), a…Continue Reading

Pope’s doctrine chief under attack as he takes strong stand for marriage and family

muller

ROME, May 1, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pope Francis’ top advisor on Catholic doctrine is coming under attack as he continues to defend the Church’s teaching on marriage, family, and sexuality amid a campaign by a “progressive” faction of prelates. On…Continue Reading

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our new website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for over 145 years in our weekly print edition. Now we are introducing the online daily version of our print journal.


  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to subscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
 
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 145 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.

 
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1

A Powerful Weapon: 15 Quotes on the Holy Rosary

We live in evil times. I hardly need elaborate the multitude of crises that fill the globe. Sadly, many are being swept away by this flood of evil and are succumbing to an overwhelming anxiety and discouragement. But no matter how tempting it is, we must not shrink back. We must pray and fast with a living faith and a firm confidence—and there is no better way to…Continue Reading

12 Ways to Become a Committed Catholic Man

There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Large numbers of men who were baptized Catholic have left the Church and the majority of those who remain are “Casual Catholic Men”, men who do not know the Catholic faith and don’t practice it. This large-scale failure of Catholic men to commit themselves to Jesus Christ and His Church has contributed to the accelerating…Continue Reading

Today . . .

At the General Audience Francis asks that fathers and mothers take back their full role as educators

2015-05-21 L’Osservatore Romano “It is time for fathers and mothers to return from their exile – for they have exiled themselves from bringing up their children – and to fully resume their educational role”. This was the Pope’s declaration at the General Audience on Wednesday morning, 20 May. Continuing his series of catecheses on the family, he spoke to the crowds – many of them families – about the importance of parents as educators. The…Continue Reading

Pope’s appeal for World Day of Prayer for Church in China

(Vatican Radio) At his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis made a special appeal for prayer for Catholics in China.   The Holy Father’s appeal comes ahead of Sunday’s feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, celebrated throughout the world on May 24. Chinese Catholics have a special devotion to Mary, Help of Christians, whose feast day is marked with special devotions and pilgrimages, especially to the National Marian Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai. In…Continue Reading

General Audience: Parents’ Vocation To Educate Children

pope784

(Vatican Radio) In his catechesis at the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis focused on the role of parents in the education of their children, which he called “an essential characteristic” of the family. The Holy Father noted the many difficulties facing parents today, especially those who find themselves in difficult situations. He spoke especially about the difficulties of separated couples, calling on them to “never, never, never take the children hostage!” He spoke out…Continue Reading

Pope to Mideast nuns: pray for peace, persecuted

(Vatican Radio) Saying he was giving them a “mission,”  Pope Francis has asked religious sisters from Bethlehem and the Middle East to pray for peace in the region and for two new Palestinian saints. 19th century Sister Miriam of Jesus Crucified Baouardy and Sister Marie-Alphonsine Ghattas were canonized in a big outdoor Mass presided by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s square on Sunday. Many of the Carmelite and Rosary sisters who had attended the canonization had…Continue Reading

Open Letter To U.S. Bishops Attending The Synod… The Church’s Teachings On The Family Need No Updating

By MICHAEL HARTNETT (Editor’s Note: Michael Hartnett lives with his family in the Chicago area, where he works as a project manager and public policy analyst. He has authored or coauthored numerous published reports that address federal transportation, environmental, and pension and retirement policies. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Aren’t Homosexuals Born That Way?”

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995.) + + + The most powerful weapon in the homosexual special rights arsenal is the victim status. A close second is the allegation that homosexuals are “born that way.” If scientists can show that homosexuality…Continue Reading

The Passing Of The Word “God”

By DONALD DeMARCO The Word of God will never pass away. But the word “God” continues to pass into oblivion. In some quarters the word is said to be discriminatory and offensive. Therefore, it must be removed. Atheists can be very touchy these days. Take the case of Alain Simoneau of Saguenay, Quebec. This nonbeliever…Continue Reading

Vietnam Today . . . Forty Years After The Fall Of Saigon

By LEE NGUYEN HO CHI MINH CITY (AsiaNews) — Forty years after the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, the Communist Party marked its anniversary by the largest ever military parade in the South. The parade commemorated the day when Communist troops from the North captured the city and ended the Vietnam War and…Continue Reading

Former Soviet Spy . . . We Created Liberation Theology

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) — Espionage deep in the heart of Europe. Secrets in the KGB. Defection from a Communist nation. Ion Mihai Pacepa has seen his share of excitement, serving as general for Communist Romania’s secret police before defecting to the United States in the late 1970s. The highest-ranking defector from Communism in the 1970s,…Continue Reading

The Wanderer Interviews His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke . . .

burk10

By DON FIER Part 1 (Editor’s Note: Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, who previously served as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome from June 2008 until November 2014, recently visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis. Prior to that he served as Archbishop…Continue Reading

Advertisement

Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Writing in the Sunday bulletin of the Church of St. Michael in New York City, Fr. George W. Rutler talked of the “web of contradiction [that] becomes more entangled in our day when politics are complicated by moral inconsistencies.” He cited three examples: “First, the birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana occasioned celebrations, as the birth of any…Continue Reading

Truths Beyond Comprehension

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of The Most Holy Trinity (YR B) Readings: Deut. 4:32-34, 39-40 Romans 8:14-17 Matt. 28:16-20 In the first reading today, we hear Moses addressing the people of Israel after their Exodus from Egypt and after they had spent much time in the desert. Moses marveled, and rightly so, that God had entered into human…Continue Reading

Pope To The Bishops Of Mozambique . . . “The Paschal Mystery Is The Beating Heart Of The Mission Of The Church”

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Pope Francis on May 9 received the bishops of Mozambique who were in Rome for their ad limina visit. + + + Dear brothers in the episcopate! You are welcome ad limina Apostolorum, the purpose of the visit undertaken by you these days, so that with your dioceses in your heart, you also celebrate and strengthen…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Rules Without Relationships Foster Rebellion

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK I write this week’s column from Lourdes, France, where I have joined a pilgrimage of 200 wounded warriors, volunteers, family members, military veterans, and chaplains from the United States. Most of us are here through the gift of the Knights of Columbus which has underwritten this magnificent opportunity for prayer, evangelization, fellowship, and renewal of…Continue Reading

Apologetics Course… How Do We Get To Know The Truth?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 In the previous article we saw that our minds can apprehend the truth by our own personal experience. Now let us see the three other ways: By simply reasoning. In our days of constant Internet communication, texting, and less personal contact among people, sometimes reasoning is an ability in short supply. But it…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Charles Lwanga And Companions

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Catholic Church in Africa has experienced unprecedented growth in the past century. In 1900, shortly after the martyrdom of Charles Lwanga and companions, there were two million Catholics in Africa. When Pope Benedict XVI visited Africa in 2009, the Catholic population was 158 million. Once again the Church has witnessed that the blood of martyrs is…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Philip Neri

By CAROLE BRESLIN Throughout the history of the Church when great persecutions and heresies have been promoted, there were also great saints who underwent persecution in their attempts to protect the Deposit of Faith. Such was the case in the early 16th century, when the Catholic Church was suffering her greatest crisis to date with the Protestant Revolt. During this…Continue Reading