Thursday, December 22, 2011

Three Louisiana Girl Scout Leaders Resign Their Posts And Disband Their Troops To Protest Colorado Girl Scout Troop's Inclusion Of Transgendered Kid

The decision by a Denver, Colorado Girl Scout troop to allow a transgendered kid to join because he felt like he was a girl continues to have repercussions -- and they echo far beyond Colorado. The New American reports that three Girl Scout leaders in Louisiana have decided to resign their posts and dismantle their troops because of the recent decision by the national organization to allow boys who are confused about their gender to join the Girl Scouts. The leaders, who oversee three Girl Scout troops at Northlake Christian School in Lacombe, Louisiana, explained that the move by the group’s national leadership conflicted with their host organization’s Christian beliefs. Additional stories published by the Baptist Press News and the Christian Post; more mainstream media sources include the New York Daily News and the Daily Mail.

Susan Bryant-Snure of Lacombe, La., one of three troop leaders, spoke on behalf of all of them. She characterized the Girl Scouts' action as extremely confusing and an "almost dangerous situation" for children. Her three daughters, ages 10, 6 and 4, were among 25 girls who had been active scouts there.

Northlake Christian School is exploring the possibility of aligning with American Heritage Girls, a group organized in 1995 in protest to the Girl Scouts' decision to allow scouts to replace the word "God" in scout teachings with a word representing a personal image of God, such as a "higher being", "Allah" or "Buddha". The newer group proclaims Jesus Christ as Lord, limits membership to girls and works to disciple girls as Christians. AHG Founder Patti Garibay told Christian Post that her group has not dealt with any transgender issues and that they only accept girls ages five to 18, adding that the issue with the Girl Scouts is definitely a concern parents need to know about. A website called details other concerns, such as how the 2011 GSUSA National Convention was pushing pro-lesbian and pro-abortion role models, as well as the growing connection between the Girl Scouts, Planned Parenthood, and radical feminists.

A list of American Heritage Girls troops is available HERE. There are four AHG troops in Alaska; Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla, and Dillingham. Each one is affiliated with a church.

They've garnered support from Focus On The Family. Jeff Johnston, a social issues analyst specializing in homosexuality and sexuality in the Public Policy Department of Focus on the Family, said the Girl Scouts' practice of admitting transgendered children will lead to growing societal confusion about gender. He alleges that strong cultural campaigns are already under way to teach that gender doesn't matter and to promote more than two genders.

The Boy Scouts of America remain true to traditional values; they don't accept openly-gay people. One reason is that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints uses the Boy Scouts as one of their official youth programs. The LDS Church is the largest single sponsor of Scouting units with over 30,000 units nationwide, comprising about 13 percent of BSA's youth members. The LDS Church has stated that it would withdraw from the Scouting program if it was ever compelled to accept homosexual Scout leaders. If this happened, not only would this put a noticeable dent in the BSA, but would probably decimate the program altogether in heavily-Mormon Utah and southeast Idaho. Nice to have that type of clout.

A group called Scouting For All exists for youth who think they're gay and want to engage in Scouting-type activities.

1 comment:

  1. Scouting For All is not an alternative scouting program.

    We are an education and advocacy organization reaching out to gay and nontheist youth and adults in our effort to get the Boy Scouts of America to rescind its exlusionary policy.