Skip to comments.Girl Scouts National Conclave to Feature Pro-Abortion, Pro-Lesbian Speakers
Posted on 09/11/2005 5:39:42 AM PDT by NYer
Dr. Johnnetta Cole, a woman whose radical views forced the Clinton administration to withdraw her name from consideration for Education Secretary, will be one of three keynote speakers at the Girl Scouts USA national convention in Atlanta from October 7-10.
Another speaker is Kavita Ramdas, president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, which, among other things, promotes abortion and feminism. The third speaker is Ann Curry, news anchor for NBCs Today Show.
The choice of the first two speakers indicates that the Girl Scouts show no sign of slowing their plunge into hard-core feminism and political advocacy, at least at the national level. The Girl Scouts still sell cookies by the millions, conduct many worthwhile community activities, and involve many families that hold traditional values. But the national organization, like many others, has been captured by a liberal elite that sometimes tips its hand.
Heres a quote from Kavita Ramdas from a newsletter published on her groups Web site in 2003:
As women in the United States celebrate the 30th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, (a landmark case that gave women in the U.S. the right to decide when and if to bear children), we are proud to bring you this issue of Raising Our Voices, highlighting ongoing efforts to protect womens reproductive health and rights.
The Roe v.Wade decision culminated many years of struggle by the North American womens movement and helped establish a policy environment within the U.S. that supported womens reproductive rights around the world. Subsequently, the U.S. strongly endorsed womens rights at both the Cairo and Beijing U.N. conferences by supporting a womans right to information about and access to contraception, and safe, legal abortions. Today, however, these achievements are being undermined by a U.S. administration which is hostile to womens rights, having re-instated the Global Gag.
Another article in the newsletter discusses womens sexual repression in Turkey, with some persuasive examples. But the article also includes this:
At a young age, girls are taught about the importance of being a virgin when they marry, creating an atmosphere of anxiety around sex.
Johnnetta Cole, who is president of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina, gave a speech at last Septembers hard-left Women & Power Conference organized by the nations largest holistic education group, Omega Institute, and V-Day, which promotes an end to violence against women [editors note: Good!] along with the play The Vagina Monologues on college campuses [editors note: Bad!].
In her talk The Power of Diversity, Cole referred to the historic and herstoric occasion, and used the word power or powerful 10 times. Some topics and excerpts:
A female deity
Now, lets talk about who are we women folk. Weve such an awesome task. The awesome task of feeling our own power, moving to join with others collectively, to get this world right side up again. And Im going to tell you, good Lord, she knows this world needs to be right side up again.
For those women who happen to be in a traditional relationship with a man, they may have even put something on it called marriage all of those sisters also share something. They must have some kind of special honing device so that when the man with whom they are living says or it could be one of those children where are my socks? She knows exactly where they are.
Equating homosexuality with race
Here we are an extraordinary array of colors, of ethnicities, of races. As an anthropologist, Im not sure what that is, but Im supposed to say it, of nationalities, of different sexual orientations.
Rejecting ex-gay counseling and ministry
Despite the fact that some wish to do so, I am not praying today or any day that lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered folk will somehow get religion and become heterosexuals. Im not doing that. The nationality, the religion of every woman should be celebrated.
Opposing the Gospel
No must be the answer to to proselytizing to all who are not Christians into some denomination of Christian faiths.
Deafness might be better than hearing
Even the assumption that all folks who have disabilities wish to immediately eliminate them is something to think about. I witnessed a debate. Some in the community [at Gallaudet University for the deaf] of the deaf and hard of hearing stood up in absolute defense of the cochlear implant, a device which allows some people to hear. And others, including the first deaf president I. King Jordan, spoke with caution and said what makes you folks who hear assume that you have a superior way?
Schooled in lesbian advocacy
The sister warrior who helped me to fight my own homophobia and heterosexism in my life was Audrey Lore. It was at Hunter College where we were both faculty members that she was my teacher. Let me share with you how Sister Audrey would often introduce herself. She would say Im Audrey Lore, a black woman, lesbian, feminist, poet, professor, mother.
Seeking power, above all
But the changing of the world requires in my view a changing internally first; a sensing of who one is. In Sister Tulanis words, touching your own power. [Editors note: [A]nd your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods. Satans promise to Eve, Genesis 3: 5, KJV]
And then acknowledging the power of others and moving collectively to harness it. But if one is still driven by racist, sexist, heterosexist and other bigoted attitudes and behaviors, you will never harness your own or the power of all of us.
Here he comes, brother lion. [H]e, of course, puts out this enormous disruptive noise to declare once again that he is the king of this place. If brother lion walked on two rather than four legs, you have the feeling he might have kind of hiked up his trousers, leaned a little bit, and then walked on down. Now, any similarity between Brother Lion and the males of any other species, I leave that up to you. Im just telling the story.
Girl Scouts Head Leftward
Founded as a traditionalist alternative to the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts of America has evolved into a prototypical feminist organization, steering girls toward Planned Parenthood for sexual advice and saying that lesbianism is no bar to being a Girl Scout leader. In
The Cookie Crumbles, an investigative article for National Review magazine, Kathryn Jean Lopez pulled the covers off the Girl Scouts.
Some years ago, the Girls Scouts began purging materials of positive references to homemakers. Instead of being family-centered, the group now promotes girl empowerment, with programs that focus heavily on a narcissistic devotion to self, but then steered into collective action for liberal causes, such as environmentalism.
For example, The Ten Emerging Truths: New Directions for Girls 11-17, published by theGirl Scout Research Institute, includes Truth 6: Girls Need Empowerment: By Girls, for Girls. The report notes that a majority of the 3,000 girls surveyed said they preferred the term advisor or counselor over that of leader. The girls are apparently and approvingly supposed to be self-driven and equality-oriented, with minimal adult supervision. The report also relies heavily on feminist and liberal sources, such as Ms. Foundation for Women, Planned Parenthood and Human Rights Watch, the latter of which is cited for its Hatred in the Hallways: Violence and Discrimination Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Students in U.S. Schools (2001).
While reducing bullying or violence against any students is a laudable goal, Human Rights Watch advocates promoting homosexuality as the solution. Contributing sources to Hatred in the Hallways read like a Whos Who of homosexual activist groups in the schools.
Girl Scouts No Longer Have a Monopoly
Some Girl Scout leaders have become alarmed by the organizations leftward leanings and have decided to do something about it. In 1995, Patti Garibay, a former Girl Scout troop leader, founded the Cincinnati, Ohio-based American Heritage Girls (AHG), which now has troops in 32 states.
According to its Web site,
American Heritage Girls organization is a scouting program for girls that supports the traditional values of God, Family and Country. AHG's programming promotes the Judeo-Christian values upon which our country was founded and strives to enhance the girls life experiences with fun-filled activities supervised by trained adults, supported by family members and implemented by members. AHG's programming provides life skills, leadership skills and character building through a traditional troop setting.
In 1993, the Girl Scouts eliminated the requirement for girls to say the word God in the Girl Scout Promise:
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God* and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
Although the word God is still in the Promise, it has an asterisk:
* The word God can be interpreted in a number of ways, depending on one's spiritual beliefs. When reciting the Girl Scout Promise, it is okay to replace the word God with whatever word your spiritual beliefs dictate.
Heres the American Heritage Girls Oath:
I promise to love God,
Cherish my family,
Honor my country,
and Serve in my community.
God should not be optional in our lives or in our scouting choices, said Patti Garibay. American Heritage Girls believes that a character building program for youth, such as scouting, demands a moral compass. AHG provides just that a philosophical basis of Biblical truths and a continued commitment to assist girls as they grow in their relationship with Christ.
Accordingly, AHG incorporates Bible verses and references to God throughout its materials. A case in point is the Fall 2004 edition of the newsletter, Heritage Headlines, honoring grandparents.
The unconditional love of a grandparent granted to each grandchild reflects the love of their Heavenly Father, Garibay writes, citing Proverbs 17:6: Grandchildren are the crown of the aged.
The role of the grandparent is unique and necessary as children make sense of their familys heritage, their own role in that heritage and ultimately defining their purpose in life.
As American Heritage Girls celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, Concerned Women for America salutes them for lighting a candle instead of just cursing the darkness.
For more information, contact:
American Heritage Girls, Inc.
175 Tri-County Parkway, Suite 100
Cincinnati, OH 45246
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The national headquarters for the Girls Scouts of America is a brand new huge building in my city. I have wondered for a long time how such a "humble" group could afford such an expensive looking place. Now, I'm convinced that they are being bankrolled by monied leftist groups.
It'll be a snowy day in July before their cookies enter my home again.
Thanks for the post.
American Heritage Girls sounds like a great alternative, but they still don't have a troop in my neck of the woods. (Middle Nowhere, PA)
What I see happening is a movement back through the eons to worshipping a fertility symbol, the earth mother, primitive, whorey, egotistical, anti-God, nasty, idolatrous, by um - modern? enlightened? people.
Here is what is completely wrong with this! Why would a lesbian wish to address a convention for youth (Girl Scouts). In publicly representing herself as a lesbian, she is informing the world that she desires sex with other women. So why does she need to be involved with the youth convention which is a program for minors?
I didn't have a very high opinion of the Girl Scouts in the first place. This further lowers my opinion.
As contrasted to the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts seem to be more interested in selling cookies to bankroll their organization than they are in the outdoor skills and activities that girls should be engaging themselves in. Now it would appear that they're using their organization to promote a feminist political agenda. That's their right. But it's also the right of parents to decline to allow their daughters to participate in the organization. And it's also everyones right to not buy their cookies, Which aren't very good anyway.
This AHG sounds like a better alternative. I think the "Y" has an alternate organization as well. (Camp Fire Girls?)
My wife (I helped as a registered GS myself) had a GS troop for 10 years. Saw our girls (including my daughter) go from Brownies to Seniors. By that time, the late 90s, GS (and our regional counsel, to a lesser degree) had become so politically correct it was pretty bad. Got involved with another troop as co-leader two years ago and just couldn't take it. GS has become just plain disgusting in many ways. It is very sad. Most of the tasks I did in helping the troop over the years are banned now. Men are all treated as being potential molesters and rapists. And not too subtly, either.
A friend and GS volunteer and leader for 17 years was kicked out of scouting. Her crime? At the camp, she was smoking in the properly designated area for adults to do this. Unknown to her a girl had snuck out there and saw her smoking. She was booted out of scouts after 17 years of service! Left a sour taste her her mouth I can tell you.
The left has really trashed a fine organization. I am amazed the Boy Souts have done as well as they have in resisting. The wackos corrupted GS from within, and since they haven't been able to do that with BS, they are attacking them legally from without.
Of course, she wants to make heterophobia and homosexism mandatory.
It's not the thin mints?
Seriously, I am stunned at the direction the Girl Scouts have taken.
Amazing... while the Boy Scouts continued to get pilloried, the Girl Scouts are now promoting lesbianism, and pro-choice stances with these speakers. How absolutely sad.
And this folks is why the left does not oppose the girl scouts.
Sign your kids up for Awana or something else.
OK... The "Girl Scouts" are hereby added to my list of organizations that I'll have absolutely NOTHING to do with.
I hated the Brownies for my year in them. Unfortunately, my daughter is due to be one this year because 99% of the girls in her class in her (Catholic) school belong to one troop. I was not going to let her join, but my ex decided that it was a sign of my bad parenting (he wants to get 50/50 custody so he can stop paying his meager child support) that I kept her away from the other girls like that. Grrrrrrr. I am hoping since the troop is girls from the Catholic school and led by one of the moms that it is kept insulated from the BS.
The Catholic Elementary school where my son attended seemed to have a decently organized Girl Scout troop. He was in the Cub Scout counterpart based out of that Church and, as was already mentioned, was completely immersed in what I would call traditional American values, family and social.
Even so I found it was a good idea to be present at the parents meetings if only to hear of the upcoming proposed (read changeable) events.
Very sad to read about the shifting values of the Girl Scouts.
Thanks for posting this!
**the shifting values of the Girl Scouts.**
Why my children were all in Camp Fire!