I was a Girl Scout. I’m a Girl Scout leader. My daughters are Girl Scouts. For over 100 years, The Girl Scouts of America have been a source of strength and achievement for girls of all ages, races, creeds, religions, and socioeconomic means, whose mission has always been to help them become strong, beautiful, confident women. There is little doubt in most parents minds that Girl Scouts is a good thing – until now. St. Timothy’s Catholic Church located in Chantilly, Virginia has thoroughly, undeniably, and unapologetically band Girl Scouts from their school and community. Why? Because they claim they are affiliated with Planned Parenthood and support transgender girls. St. Timothy’s has gone one step further by “silently” allowing their parishioners and others in the community to boycott buying Girl Scout cookies this year. Like many parents, I’m fed up with the extremist far right sect of the Catholic Church. When you start portraying Girl Scouts as a form of pure evil then there really is no organization for kids (yes, that includes Boy Scouts and 4H Club) that is safe from the judgement of their far-right clutches.
I should mention that currently I am a member of this church and that will soon change. I cannot and will not continue to be a member of a far right extremist church that dismisses Girl Scouts as an organization with a “hidden agenda” of promoting abortion and homosexuality. Let’s be clear, the Girl Scouts have stated several times that they do not take a stand on either issue but St. Timothy’s still won’t budge. They’ve even gone so far as to ban girls from wearing the Girl Scout uniform to school. Since when did buying Girl Scout cookies become a vessel for evil undertakings? Honestly, they should pick on someone their own size.
It should be noted that the majority of Catholic Churches do not support the move by St. Timothy’s and are trying to make amends to the Girl Scouts. For example, St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Fairfax, VA has offered to hold a special mass for all Girl Scouts and their families next week. I do not feel that this underground movement to harm Girl Scouts is something the majority of Catholics support but I do believe that St. Timothy’s deserves a serious “reality check” and that their church should really concentrate on more important, altruistic matters like feeding the hungry, instead of bullying the Girl Scouts.
I respectfully ask that people continue to purchase Girl Scout cookies this season as a large percentage of the proceeds go directly to the girls allowing them to participate in activities that promote leadership, friendship, self esteem, and character, and leave the politics of this unfortunate situation where they belong – in the garbage.
For a better understanding of this issue, please read The Washington Post’s column in response to the hoopla surrounding Girl Scouts.
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