Here’s Why Christians Are Choosing To Leave The Girl Scouts
May 16, 2017 | Published first in The Federalist
Contrary to the Left’s recycled narrative, this is not a matter of conservatives enlisting little girls in the culture war. It’s of positive fidelity to key virtues.
It sure is easy to get confused these days. One moment #Resistance against offensive politics and policies is brave. Bold. Daring. The next? “That is crazy talk.”
At least that’s the charge leveled when conservatives resist liberal policies, such as when the archbishop of Kansas City, Joseph Naumann, announced last week that the Archdiocese had decided to end its relationship with the Girl Scouts of America. As he put it:
To follow Jesus and his Gospel will often require us to be counter-cultural. With the promotion by Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) of programs and materials reflective of many of the troubling trends in our secular culture, they are no longer a compatible partner in helping us form young women with the virtues and the values of the Gospel.
Instead, parishes in the Archdiocese of Kansas City will partner with American Heritage Girls, a Christian organization and a “much better fit for our parishes,” according to the Statement issued by the Archbishop.
The response from the Left? “Pedophile priests.” I kid you not. Here’s the opener from Hemant Mehta’s piece at Patheos, ridiculing the archbishop’s decision to transition parishes from the Girl Scouts to American Heritage Girls: “The Archdiocese of Kansas City (in Kansas) is finally taking action against the people who routinely ignore the Catholic Church’s stated values. So say goodbye to all those pedophile priests.” Well, not really, he explains, say goodbye instead to the Girl Scouts.
What a clever ad hominem attack! I’ve never heard that one before. Well, not really.
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