Catholic Bishops: Girl Scouts may be insufficiently homophobic

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Looks like the Catholic church's American leadership may encourage Catholic girls to leave the Girl Scouts USA because that organization doesn't do enough to enforce sexual norms on pre-adolescent girls. Some of the charges are simply untrue:
ome of the concerns raised by Catholic critics are recycled complaints that have been denied by the Girl Scouts' head office repeatedly and categorically. It says it has no partnership withPlanned Parenthood, and does not take positions on sexuality, birth control and abortion.
"It's been hard to get the message out there as to what is true when distortions get repeated over and over," said Gladys Padro-Soler, the Girl Scouts' director of inclusive membership strategies.
Others are based on instances where the Girl Scouts didn't exclude children who deserved to be excluded:
Last year, the Scouts angered some conservatives by accepting into a Colorado troop a 7-year-old transgender child who was born a boy but was being raised as a girl.
And then there's the problem of possible ties to organizations the Church doesn't like:
The new inquiry will be conducted by the bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth. It will look into the Scouts' "possible problematic relationships with other organizations" and various "problematic" program materials, according to a letter sent by the committee chairman, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne, Ind., to his fellow bishops.
The Girl Scouts have already succumbed to pressure to change some of their literature:
In other instances, the scouts have modified materials that drew complaints - for example, dropping some references to playwright Josefina Lopez because one of her plays, "Simply Maria," was viewed by critics as mocking the Catholic faith."
http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/10/4481153/girl-scouts-under-scrutiny-from.html

About 1/4 of girl scouts are Catholic. Fortunately for the GSA, American Catholics often don't pay attention to the Church when it says silly things (like 'don't use birth control). But it raises the question of how much hypocrisy American Catholics can stand as the Church tightens the noose around ideas that are less than 1500 years old.

 

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Jaysus....first they go after the nuns and now they're going after Girl Scouts?
 
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The real issue the Catholic Church has with the Girl Scouts is their support of Planned Parenthood and abortion indoctrination.

The homophobic charge is silliness created for left wingers to latch onto. They should have just stuck with the truth... Planned Parenthood / Abortion Indoctrination to remain more credible.
 

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The real issue the Catholic Church has with the Girl Scouts is their support of Planned Parenthood and abortion indoctrination.

The homophobic charge is silliness created for left wingers to latch onto. They should have just stuck with the truth... Planned Parenthood / Abortion Indoctrination to remain more credible.
Abortion indoctrination? WTF is that?
 
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More diversions, from a Catholic Chruch, Vatican, Popes, who now have to deal with, nearly full-time, a global clusterfuck of pedophile priests being harbored, to protect the church and not its flock.

And now they want to attack people who are gay, as a handy diversion. Catholics are good people. The Catholic Church is a fucking piece-of-shit, IMO.
 

Babba

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The real issue the Catholic Church has with the Girl Scouts is their support of Planned Parenthood and abortion indoctrination.

The homophobic charge is silliness created for left wingers to latch onto. They should have just stuck with the truth... Planned Parenthood / Abortion Indoctrination to remain more credible.
What the hell are you talking about?

And the bishops need to shut their pieholes. :f_grr:
 

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Pretty amazing how much attention Christianity puts on homosexuality.
 

Babba

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More diversions, from a Catholic Chruch, Vatican, Popes, who now have to deal with, nearly full-time, a global clusterfuck of pedophile priests being harbored, to protect the church and not its flock.

And now they want to attack people who are gay, as a handy diversion. Catholics are good people. The Catholic Church is a fucking piece-of-shit, IMO.
I have had it with the church leadership.
 
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Abortion indoctrination? WTF is that?
[MENTION=1419]Red Eft[/MENTION]

Come on....you never heard of it...it was my first badge as a girl scout.


I earned it by promoting abortions in my elementry school at age 9.
 
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The real issue the Catholic Church has with the Girl Scouts is their support of Planned Parenthood and abortion indoctrination.

The homophobic charge is silliness created for left wingers to latch onto. They should have just stuck with the truth... Planned Parenthood / Abortion Indoctrination to remain more credible.
Please be so good as to describe the "support" the Girl Scouts give Planned Parenthood. What specifically are you talking about? I mean are they donating cookies, encouraging little girls to donate their time at PP as volunteers, what?