As absurd as the allegations of Indiana House Rep. Bob Morris are (the Girl Scouts of America is a radical organization that promotes abortions and homosexuality, and is a “tactical arm” of Planned Parenthood), this little news burp stinks to high heaven. It is another sign of the battle being waged for the hearts and minds of the next generation… the next generation of parents, of school boards, of voters, of lawmakers.
At the core of this particular battle are two organizations serving girls and young women; the Girl Scouts of America and the American Heritage Girls (Question: why do Christian conservatives keep using the word “heritage” in their organizational titles? Answer: because it lends a false legitimacy to their propaganda.). Let’s take a look at these organizations. It might help you decide who you would rather entrust your daughters to.
(All information below comes from the organizations’ official websites. Text inserted by the author is italicized.)
Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, for a local Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid.
At a time of segregation and before laws promoting civil rights were passed, Juliette Gordon Low ensured that African-American, American Indian and Hispanic girls were able to become Girl Scouts. She led efforts to make Girl Scouting available to girls who lived in rural and urban areas, to girls who were rich, middle class and poor, and to girls who were born in this country as well as immigrants. [This dedication to diversity continues to this day, and expands constantly as the needs of the nation’s community of girls dictates. It now extends to the LGBTQ community.]
Illustrious alumnae include Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female to sit on the Supreme Court of the United States; Madeleine Albright, the first female Secretary of State; Eileen Collins, the first woman space shuttle commander; Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust, the first female president of Harvard University; and Katie Couric, the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast.
The Girl Scout Mission
To build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
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.
The Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
The Girl Scouts of America and Religious Faiths
My Promise, My Faith Pin
Everything in Girl Scouting is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law. The Girl Scout Law includes many of the principles and values common to most faiths. Thus, while a secular organization, Girl Scouts has, since the movement began, encouraged girls to take spiritual journeys via their faiths’ religious recognitions.
Girls of all grade levels can now earn the My Promise, My Faith pin developed by Girl Scouts of the USA. A girl earns the My Promise, My Faith pin by carefully examining the Girl Scout Law and directly tying it to tenets of her faith.
Religious recognitions are created by national religious organizations/committees to encourage the spiritual growth of their youth members and reinforce many of the values integral to Girl Scouting. While My Promise, My Faith helps girls connect Girl Scouting with their faith, the religious recognitions programs help girls grow stronger in and learn more specifically about their faith.
Each religious organization/committee develops and administers its own program.
National Interfaith Committee for Girl Scouting (churches offering programs to Girl Scouts): African Methodist Episcopal, Baha’I, Baptist, Buddhist, Disciples of Christ, Christian Methodist Episcopal, Christian Science, Churches of Christ, Community of Christ, Eastern Orthodox, Episcopal, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, Lutheran, Mormon, Polish National Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church in America, Protestant and Independent Christian Churches, Quakers, Roman Catholic Church, Unitarian Universalist, United Church of Christ, United Methodist, United Pentecostal Church International, Unity Church
(that’s 27 national church organizations supporting Scouting)
American Heritage Girls was founded in 1995 in West Chester, Ohio by a group of parents wanting a wholesome program for their daughters. These parents were disillusioned with the increasing secular focus of existing organizations for girls. They wanted a Judeo-Christian focused organization for their daughters.
“Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country.”
“American Heritage Girls is the premier national character development organization for young women that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement.”
“I promise to love God,
Cherish my family,
Honor my country,
and Serve in my community.”
American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered leadership and character development ministry. The following Statement of Faith applies to all American Heritage Girls’ Charter Organizations, Adult Members and Adult Leaders.
“We believe that there is One Triune God – Father, Jesus Christ His one and only Son, and the Holy Spirit – Creator of the universe and eternally existent. We believe the Holy Scriptures (Old/New Testament) to be the inspired and authoritative Word of God. We believe each person is created in His image for the purpose of communing with and worshipping God. We believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit who enables us to live a Godly life. We believe that each individual is called to love the Lord their God with all their heart, mind, soul and strength; and to love their neighbors as themselves. We believe that each individual is called to live a life of purity, service, stewardship and integrity.”
Clarity is further provided to the following terms:
Purity – An AHG member is called to live a life of holiness, being pure of heart, mind, word and deed, reserving sexual activity for the sanctity of marriage; marriage being a lifelong commitment before God between a man and a woman.
Service – An AHG member is called to become a responsible member of their community and the world through selfless acts, which contribute to the welfare of others.
Stewardship – An AHG member is called to use their God given time, talents and money wisely.
Integrity – An AHG member is called to live a moral life, demonstrating the inward motivation to do what is right, regardless of the cost
For further information, visit the websites and do some serious reading.