Boy Scouts in uniform marched in last weekend’s Utah gay pride parade, in spite of official Boy Scouts rules against public advocacy. For these Scouts, the gay pride message trumped the Boy Scout regulations. It’s a sign of things to come. Given the ease with which the ‘out and proud’ Boy Scouts rolled past official Scout policies, I suspect the BSA will continue to give ground…until there’s nothing left on which to stand.
It’s simplistic to suppose that the only issues posed by integrating openly gay youth into scout troops will be issues of kindness and inclusion. It will be tough, if not impossible, for the Church to include gay Scouts without confronting, head-on, the deep divide between Catholic sexual morality and the secular creed of sexual “tolerance.”
Does the Girl Scouts USA do anything to prevent its brand power, funds, and resources from supporting WAGGGS’ global advocacy for sexual rights and abortion? Corporate responsibility demands as much. After all, GSUSA stakes its relationship with families and churches on the credibility of its promise to ‘take no position’ on sexuality and abortion.
Respect for life is so fundamental to Catholic teaching that organizations—like the Girl Scouts– that advocate against life should be disqualified from sponsorship by a Catholic parish.
The leadership of today’s Girl Scouts is driven by a liberal ideology far out of step with the families and churches that support them. Should you still support the Girl Scouts?
Behind the Girl Scouts’ cookies, slogans, and badges is a deadly reality: partnerships with U.S. and international advocates of sexual “empowerment,” contraceptives, and abortion.