Friday, January 20, 2012

I'm boycotting Girl Scouts

Enough is enough. I cannot be silent anymore. I've posted links to various new articles supporting my decision to boycott Girl Scouts.

I was a Girl Scout - brownie, junior, and senior. I served at Day Camp 2 years in a row. I even was a troop leader in college.

As a Catholic-Christian, I want to be called out if my behavior is unbecoming of a Christian or if I support something that goes against my beliefs.

Example: a couple of years ago, I was running a fundraiser that was kind-of-like a block party.  People could sign up for a booth.  A woman wanted to register for a booth to get pledges for the Susan G Komen 3-day run. Two friends posted on my facebook that Susan G Komen gives money to Planned Parenthood.  I of course went and researched the accusation.  And, it's true.  Susan G Komen DOES GIVE  $$ to Planned Parenthood.

Coming back to now.  Girl Scout cookie season.  I got all excited because one of the cookies is like the Nabisco Lemon Cooler.  And, again, my friends told me Girl Scouts partners with PP.  

Jesus asks us to love.  His greatest commandment is to LOVE.  Matthew 22:37-29 ~"You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and the first commandment.  The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  

Now, as a Catholic-Christian, scripture tells us that Jesus was not afraid to speak his mind.  And, he was persecuted for it.  Stephen, the first martyr, wasn't afraid to stand up for his faith either.  And, neither am I.  I'll pray for those who persecute me when I speak the TRUTH.  I'm not afraid of a little suffering, it draws me closer to Him.

Girl Scouts DO support Planned Parenthood.  So what if you're a troop leader who doesn't see the PP material or talk with her girls about abortion?  You are still SUPPORTING even if you're not in the thick of things.  The mere fact that you belong to Girl Scouts is SUPPORTING Girl Scouts.  

That's like saying its okay to stand-by and watch someone get beaten up without doing anything.  You are there.  DO SOMETHING.  You are just as much at fault as the bully.

And, this is what really gets me.  When someone finds out the truth and doesn't care.  That they just go about what they were doing before.  That's careless. It's a copout.  It's wimpy.  It makes me pray even harder for them.  What are they afraid of?
God never gives us something we can't handle.  He Always Provides Us a Way Out.  1 Corinthians 10:13.

A wise friend once said, "Stand Up for something or you'll Fall for anything."

I'm boycotting Girl Scouts.  And, I'm praying for those who turn a blind eye to the DEATH that is Planned Parenthood.



Julie M. said...

I agree with you, Deepa. This is such a hard one for me because I was also a Girl Scout all the way through high school and earned the Gold Award. All of my best memories from childhood involve my Girl Scout troop. And we were a parish-based troop that did all of the religious medals and always went to Mass while camping or going on other kinds of trips.

I now have daughters who are 3 and 4, and it hurts me to think that they may not be able to have the same experience I had. I know that my mother and my lifelong best friend, who was employed by the Girl Scouts for several years, will give me a hard time about it. And I worry that the American Heritage Girls may be a flash in the pan!

I keep hoping that maybe the Girl Scouts will make an about-face on their policies in the next few years, but that seems unlikely!

Jacinda said...

This isn't true. You're bearing false witness.

Deepa said...

Jacinda, am I? Or are you misled?

Partners of WAGGGS -

Event of Int'l Women's Day - (at the bottom)


Deepa said...

Girl Scouts is part of WAGGGS.
Girl Scouts pays dues to WAGGGS.
Girl Scouts wear a WAGGGS pin on their uniform to show they are a part of WAGGGS.

WAGGGS partners with International Women's Day who partners with IPPF! Which is the International Planned Parenthood!

Jacinda, are you still standing by your comment?