It is quite extraordinary how the Catholic Church seems to go out if its way to alienate women. Fresh from their assault on nuns (see here and here), the US Conference of Catholic Bishops is now targeting Girl Scouts. Both my daughters were girl scouts and it would be tough to find a more wholesome or inoffensive group. But the old men of the Catholic Church seem to see it as a gateway to evil.
One of the long-running concerns is the Girl Scouts’ membership in the 145-nation World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
The association, known as WAGGGS, is on record as saying girls and young women “need an environment where they can freely and openly discuss issues of sex and sexuality.” It also has called for increased access to condoms to protect against sexually transmitted diseases.
Some critics want the Girl Scouts of the USA to pull out of the world group; the scouts aren’t budging.
Good for them.
You should read the full article for the sheer meanness and pettiness of the reasons for which the old men are upset at these young cookie-selling entrepreneurial women. Here’s one:
Last year, the Scouts angered some conservatives by accepting into a Colorado troop a 7-year-old transgender child who was born a boy but was being raised as a girl.
God forbid that a small child who is struggling with traumatic issues of sexual identity should find a welcoming community of fellow children. Much better if that child joins the Boy Scouts and gets repeatedly assaulted by the future Mitt Romneys of the world.
That is what Jesus would have wanted.