On days like today, I'm glad I was never a Girl Scout. Don't get me wrong, the principles Girl Scouts of America teaches—courage, confidence and character—are historically helpful and the cookies are no doubt delicious. But the group's latest move left a bad taste in my mouth.
A new Girl Scouts of America policy extends membership to boys who identify as girls. In other words, this girls group is now embracing transgender boys.
"Girl Scouts is proud to be the premiere leadership organization for girls in the country. Placement of transgender youth is handled on a case-by-case basis, with the welfare and best interests of the child and the members of the troop/group in question a top priority," the group says in an FAQ on its website. "That said, if the child is recognized by the family and school/community as a girl and lives culturally as a girl, then Girl Scouts is an organization that can serve her in a setting that is both emotionally and physically safe."
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This is more shocking than Boy Scouts avowing homosexuality, but be assured the same spirit is behind it. There's a over-abundantly clear move in the nation—and in the world—to scramble gender identity. Nowadays, Facebook lets you choose from 58 gender options—and we have un-ending alphabet soup acronyms like LGBTQQIP2SAA to help people communicate their sexuality. But moves like this one from the Girls Scouts of America push the envelope beyond the pale of personal preference.
"This means girls in the organization will be forced to recognize and accept transgenderism as a normal lifestyle. Boys in skirts, boys in make-up and boys in tents will become a part of the program. This change will put young, innocent girls at risk," says Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association. "Adults are willing to experiment on our kids—both the boys who are confused and the girls who will wonder why a boy in a dress is in the bathroom with them."
I agree with Wildmon. The Girl Scouts of America has lost its moral compass and needs your encouragement to rescind this new policy. Think about the potential mind-bending trauma this will cause to girls in Girl Scouts, the distress it will cause many parents and other yet-to-be-understood consequences.
Also think of the transgender little boys. My heart goes out to them and I can sympathize with their need for acceptance. We all need love and acceptance. I can only imagine the confusion, pain and even fear they face trying to navigate a society that largely shuns them at such a young age. But God loves them. The Girl Scouts are doing these little boys a disservice by welcoming gender confusion into its ranks.
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Jennifer LeClaire is senior editor of Charisma. She is also director of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and author of several books, including The Next Great Move of God: An Appeal to Heaven for Spiritual Awakening; Mornings With the Holy Spirit, Listening Daily to the Still, Small Voice of God; The Making of a Prophet and Satan's Deadly Trio: Defeating the Deceptions of Jezebel, Religion and Witchcraft. You can visit her website here. You can also join Jennifer on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.
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