The Girl Scouts of the USA organization continues to attract critics for straying from its roots in a more secular and non-traditional direction. The most recent offense of this nature has prompted St. Timothy's Catholic Church in Chantilly, Virginia (left) to ban the organization from meeting on its grounds because of its alleged connections to Planned Parenthood.The church has barred Girl Scout troops from meeting in both the church and its school; furthermore, the girls are no longer permitted to wear their uniforms on church premises.The Blaze explains the motivation behind the ban:The pastor’s angst seems to surround the World Association of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts' (an international coalition of scouting groups) connection to Planned Parenthood. But the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital said that its parent isn’t WAGGGS and that it reports to Girl Scouts of the USA, an organization that does not have an attachment to Planned Parenthood.WAGGGS has been the focus of strong criticism for advocating abortion rights on its website, calling for “affordable, accessible, safe abortion.”The Girl Scouts are accurate in saying that they do not answer to WAGGGS; however, the group does boast its membership in the international scouting coalition on its website:The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is comprised of 145 member organizations, including Girl Scouts of the USA. WAGGGS not only unites all of its member organizations, but also promotes and establishes Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting organizations around the world. The goal of WAGGGS is to enable girls and young women to develop their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world. [Emphasis added.]The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute reported in 2010 that WAGGGS encouraged girls to participate in a United Nations workshop which distributed a highly controversial Planned Parenthood pamphlet. Entitled Happy, Healthy, and Hot, the pamphlet instructed young women not to think of sex as “just about vaginal or anal intercourse.” It continued, "There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself!"
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