Went to Parent Orientation tonight at the Catholic school the kids are attending this year. I'm hopeful for a good year. The school has a good reputation, and so far what I've seen looks solid.
Didn't take me very long tonight to make a new enemy, however! The principal introduced at least a dozen people who are leading this activity or sport or club or whatever, and finally she got around to the Girl Scout troop leader. I decided to ask a provocative question. (I know, that's soooo unlike me.)
I raised my hand and said as sweetly as I could, "Can you tell me what association , if any, does this troop have with Planned Parenthood?"
Well, you would've thought I just called her and her daughter and her dog the most nasty, terrible names or something. This lady looked like she wanted to rip my head off.
She just stammered, "Uh, none. I've never even heard of such a thing."
I smiled and said, "Great, thank you."
I approached her again afterward at the troop's sign-up table, and said, "Hi, I'm sorry if I threw you with my question." She wouldn't look me in the eye. She was so angry!
She just looked down at her table, fussed with some catalogs and said, "Yeah, well I've never even heard of anything like that, and I certainly don't discuss topics like that with the girls."
I tried to explain the known connection between Girls Scouts and Planned Parenthood on a corporate level, and she just shook her head at me and said, "Well, I don't know. Like I said, I've never heard of that before."
I walked away knowing she was shooting darts at the back of my head. I'm definitely on that woman's hit list!
The greater issue, of course, is Catholic school girls and Girl Scouts. I say it is time to sever the relationship completely, forevermore.
I do not see how Girl Scouts can continue to have a place in Catholic schools. Are we Pro-Life or not? Do we support true marriage between one man and one woman or don't we? Do we believe in one God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, or not? Do we want our daughters taught by a PP rep that it's okay to sexually gratify yourself when you feel like it, and lesbianism is not only acceptable, but desired?
These are the beliefs of the modern Girl Scout leadership, and they are not compatible with the Catholic faith any longer. It's time to cut this cord.
There are two excellent alternatives: The Little Flowers Club, and American Heritage Girls. How about putting our time and effort into those organizations and help them grow, instead of supporting an ultra-liberal feminist group that demeans the vocation of homemaker, and rejects the truth of the sanctity of human life?
No more cookies for me, and of course, I never intended to sign my girls up for Brownies. But I'm feeling the motivation to take this far beyond one school, one troop. The Girls Scouts has no place in our Catholic schools anymore.