Due to popular demand – well, one person – I have returned to the dragon’s den to find out what exactly it is about the American Girl Scouts that has resulted in an investigation by the American bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.
I wasn’t going to bother because I was pretty sure I already had agood hunch. But the one idea I flogged into the heads of my students at university was that they could reject any theory they wished. But first they had to be sure they understood it accurately.
So here’s what I learned about the bishops’ concerns. I’m afraid it’s as bad as I feared.
Fundamentally the Girl Scouts seem to be insufficiently disapproving of people and associations which do not adhere to the bishops’ view of Catholic orthodoxy. They seem to have said something rather nice about someone who approves of Planned Parenthood, for instance. They also had made some approving references to a playwright, one of whose plays was said to mock Catholicism. And horror or horrors, one troop actually admitted a 7-year old trans-gender child into its membership.
Surely it must be clear that we cannot afford to have our young girls exposed to any one who has ideas the American bishops so fundamentally condemn.
Especially when it is about something so critical as sexual behavior, about which the bishops are so wise.
PS: I’m putting this into the category of Just Stuff. I don’t think it deserves to be discussed as a question of religion. I think it’s a question of fear.