But now they're getting hammered by Christian groups! Who would have expected that? Christians are banning their young girls from joining GSA, and the ringleader of this is the Roman Catholic Church itself.
The reason should be obvious: GSA has ties to Planned Parenthood, which provides resources on sex education to teens around the world. Yes, it's true. Girl Scouts of America is educating teen girls about their bodies! Can you imagine?
I should at least give the Roman Catholic Church credit for consistency. Their stance on abortion is unbending, and Planned Parenthood does provide abortions. I may vehemently disagree with the Church's moral position on abortion, but I can't blame them for enforcing it.
But other Christian groups are really going nuts. They have all sorts of crazy> reasons for shunning GSA:
- They allow girls to say "Allah" or "my faith" instead of "God." (Apparently only the Christian god is allowed.)
- GSA advocates economic parity for working men and women. (Girls, it seems, should stay at home and raise babies.)
- GSA uses a book that advocates environmentalism and suggests that girls get involved in environmental issues. (The book uses the phrase "raise our voices," something that girls shouldn't do. And we all know global warming is a left-wing anti-Christian plot.)
- GSA teaches girls to think for themselves on moral issues. (You're supposed to just accept Christian morality without thinking, especially if you're a girl.)
- Billy Jean King: tennis champion and lesbian.
- Frances Perkins: U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945; helped write New Deal legislation including minimum-wage laws; "allegedly" had lesbian relationship.
- Rachel Carson: marine biologist and author of Silent Spring; one of the most influential books in the history of the environmental movement; largely responsible for the ban on DDT and the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency; "reportedly" a lesbian.
- Martina Narvratilova: Tennis champion; 2000 recipient of National Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign; a lesbian.
- Bette Midler: singer and actress; advocate for gay-lesbian rights.
- Shirley Chisholm: U.S. Representative from 1969 to 1983; first major-party black candidate for President of the United States; advocate for homosexual rights.
So will I still be able to buy my favorite Girl Scout cookies? Between the atheists and agnostics on the left, and the Catholics and Baptists on the right, are there any girls left who can actually join the Girl Scouts and learn to be modern, empowered American citizens?