Is being a Queer Rock band veteran a plus for a Girl Scout official?
Jack Kemp Mainstream cultural organizations, such as the Catholic Church, are no longer making the assumption that what we grew up with stands for the same values today. If I told you a man in charge of media relations for the Girl Scouts had been a member of a flaming male gay band would you think I was a "right wing nut?" Read the documentation below. By the way, I never would have imagined such an accusation on my own. Here are some quotes from a National Catholic Register article "Is the Girl Scouts Safe for Catholic Girls?, Part 2: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/is-the-girl-scouts-safe-for-catholic-girls-part-2? utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NCRegisterDailyBlog+National +Catholic+Register#When:2012-06-7 Quo vadis, Girl Scouts of America? After years of on-going concerns about the organization’s direction, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has taken up the question of whether its current program is at all good for girls. SECTION OMITTED There are concerns about Girl Scouts USA’s ties to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), the confederation of international Girl Scout groups that has exhibited pro-abortion and pro-homosexual agendas in many instances. There is an ongoing question regarding the GSUSA’s connection to and involvement with Planned Parenthood and other groups that provide, promote or condone abortion and contraception. SECTION OMITTED Under the name of Joshua Starr, he fronted the “homocore” (hardcore/punk music with homosexual lyrical themes) band the Dead Betties, which was founded in 2002 as part of the “queer punk” movement. The band’s lyrics and music videos are dominated by sexual content, violence and misogyny.Ackley is in charge of media relations for the GSUSA and writes for the official Girl Scout blog. In addition to Ackley, other members of the Girl Scouts’ leadership are active in homosexual-rights issues, including Lynn Cothern, the director of administration, and Timothy Higdon, chief of external affairs, who both worked with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Cothern recently resigned from GSUSA and, according to his Facebook page, now works as a "major gifts strategist: for Girl Scouts Cactus-Pine Council in Arizona. SECTION OMITTED Over the years, parents have encountered a variety of problematic educational materials and resources created for use by scouts and leaders. The resource entitled “Your Voice, Your World: The Power of Advocacy” for the Advocate award includes a work page with which girls can complete the activity “Advocacy in My Own Life.” The example given is that of tennis player Martina Navrotilova, who “set a milestone for gay rights with her openness about her sexual orientation. She became an activist for gay rights and, in 1992, sued the state of Colorado over a ballot measure denying gays and lesbians protection from discrimination.” SECTION OMITTED On the page for “Utopias,” they begin with St. Thomas More (who coined the word) and then recommend Sherri Tepper’s novel, The Gate to Woman’s Country. Tepper’s book describes an “ideal” society in which men are subservient, procreation is managed in a twice yearly “festival,” and eugenics is the chosen path to perfection. Aside from the thematic material that conflicts with the Catholic faith, there is a high degree of mature language and sexual content, notable even for a book recommended to high-school juniors and seniors. END OF QUOTES I hardly qualify as someone with credentials to interpret Catholic doctrine, but the proverbial blind man can see that the Girl Scouts USA today are an insult and affront to the teachings of Catholicism and any traditional Judeo-Christian religion. In 2009, Michelle Obama became "National Honorary President of the Girl Scouts of the USA." http://www.nccoastalpines.org/home/media/news/MichelleObama.aspx ; Is anyone surprised by this?