Bad Ass Bishops Take On Girl ScoutsMay 13, 2012
Christians used to face off with lions in the Roman coliseum. Sigh. Now we are reduced to picking fights with girls. For more on the decline of Western civilization see the New York Times,
The men who run the Catholic Church seem to have a lot of time on their hands.
In April, the Vatican criticized the leadership conference that represents 80 percent of American Catholic nuns for promoting “radical feminist themes.” The Vatican felt the nuns were focusing too much on economic injustice while keeping “silent” on abortion and same-sex marriage. Silly nuns, worrying about poverty instead of trying to break up loving couples.
Meanwhile, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has set its sights on an even bigger offender against piety and morality – the Girl Scouts of America. According to NPR, the Bishop’s committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth is conducting an inquiry into whether the Girl Scouts have “problematic relationships with other organizations.” NPR says that’s code for Planned Parenthood.
In February, an Indiana legislator…concluded that the Girl Scouts are a front for Planned Parenthood. He said the Scouts encourage the girls to have sex and to respect unsavory role models who endorse communist and homosexual agendas. He noted disapprovingly that the First Lady [Michelle Obama] is the organization’s honorary president…and took exception to the fact that a Colorado troop allowed a transgendered child to join up.
OK, so, sigh, the Girl Scouts are not associated with Planned Parenthood. They do not encourage girls to have sex. However, the Girls Scouts are members of the 145-nation World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) which states that girls and young women
“…need an environment where they can freely and openly discuss issues of sex and sexuality.”
(Don’t we all!) Yes, the First Lady, Michelle Obama is the honorary president but every First Lady since 1917 has served as the honorary leader of Girl Scouts including Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush and Laura Bush.
So in order to stay relevant, stand up for their principles and activate their bases, both the US party of small government and the old guys at the Vatican found some really small little girls to pick on. Their tolerance and inclusiveness of sexual minorities and their willingness to actually support talking about sexuality are terrifying, sigh. We are all in this together so buy some Girl Scout cookies and then, come reason with us.
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