Girl scouts drop “to love my god” from their official promise.

The girl scouts have dropped the obligation “to love my God” from their official promise.

A lifelong girl scout who can finally recite the promise with a clear conscience shares her elation at the change and talks of what it means to people like her:

What the new wording of our Promise does is help us be fully inclusive in a way we haven’t been before. It is not a Promise which excludes those who have a religious faith. It is a Promise which allows an individual to work out what she believes for herself, and encourages her to question that belief as she grows and develops.  It includes those of faith and those of none, and recognises that, as we grow, our spiritual development may take us down different paths.

It’s a Promise which recognises that a group of Guides may come from many different countries and faith backgrounds and yet still all be completely incompetent at cooking sausages and burn a hole in a table (hello, my Guide group).

There will be outrage, of course.  However, given the current atmosphere around the girl scouts I suspect the response will be a political statement that essentially says “We’re unwilling to ostracize unbelievers to quell your outrage”.  And that’s exactly the proper response.  If an outrage isn’t justified, it shouldn’t bother us.

I wish the boy scouts would get on their level.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • iknklast

    I’ve always been proud to be a First Class Girl Scout (the girl scout equivalent of Eagle). Now I am so much more proud I can barely contain myself.

    • Feminerd

      Got your Gold Star and everything?

      • iknklast

        Everything. It was the light of a young life that had been spent being nothing, to find out that I could suddenly be “First Class”.

        • Feminerd

          Good for you! I hope you’ve since learned that you are “first class” in lots of other aspects too.

          • iknklast

            Absolutely! In fact, I’ve learned I was never nothing, just because my mother taught me I was nothing.

  • Loqi

    They’ll get outrage, but it will be from people who were already against the Girl Scouts for being too feminist. Something tells me the Scouts will give zero shits.

  • Charlie

    This is just for the Brits, right? This isn’t in the US is it?

  • Mario Strada

    It sounds to me like this was an initiative restricted to the “Girl Guides” a private British non-profit. I doubt it applies to the US girl Scouts. It would be great if it did.

    Edit: and a bit of google found this:

    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,
    and to
    respect myself and others,
    respect authority,
    use resources wisely,
    make the world a better place, and
    be a sister to every Girl Scout.

  • Holly

    There’s an asterisk by the word “God” in thr GSUSA promise. Scout are encouraged to change or omit the word to suit their personal world view.