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.