Thursday, November 10, 2011
Hearsay, Scrupulosity, and Defunding the Culture of Death
I've gotten a few comments here and on facebook questioning the boycott, particularly of the girls scouts, and so I'm not responding to any particular comment here, as much as I am responding to the general concerns that have been raised.
Claim: The claims against the girls scouts are hearsay.
I don't think the lifesite news link really qualifies as "hearsay." The thing is that these claims have been circulating for years, with girls who were girl scouts for years coming forward after feeling that they have to leave the group because of what they're being taught. The "Journey" books used come up a lot. This link pretty much sums up the problem that I have with involving myself with the group.
Claim: The task of boycotting is simply too big and could easily pass into scrupulosity.
I don't think it's a scrupulosity issue if the lines are clearly drawn. If someone directly supports or partners with Planned Parenthood, we don't spend our money with them. If it's an indirect connection (ie a government taxes a company and uses the money to pay for the slaughter of the unborn, I don't think they can be held accountable) that's entirely different.
Claim: We don't have a positive alternative to Girl Scouts. And in our area they aren't bad. (And yes I've heard this a lot. I don't want anyone to think I'm picking on them! Just trying to put together coherent thoughts.)
From what I understand most the the PP garbage is in the literature as the girls get older and in the "role models" put forward in the Journey book collection. On a personal level, I'd rather skip out on girls or boys groups all together than expose my children to that sort of thing (although hopefully you have found a group that doesn't use the girl scout's own literature and programs?). I don't know. I just have a problem supporting an organization on a local level, that is corrupt at a national level, and since joining a group like this isn't a necessity I think we'll probably pass. I imagine some part of the dues you pay on the local level are supporting the problems at the national level, and if having a problem with supporting that activity makes me seem scrupulous to some people, then I guess I'll embrace that label today. Personally I don't think it does... and if done with prayer and thoughtfulness I don't think it's a real issue here... I imagine my priest would agree if I said: "Hey, you don't think it's over-scrupulous to avoid shopping at businesses that directly fund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood? Do you?"
I do like the looks of the little flower's program for girls. I don't imagine there will be a group where we are when the girls are old enough, so we'll be starting our own, even if it's just family.
I wouldn't support a Catholic hating group either (because for some people that's the only option they have). But it's not an either or. It's not as if I have to decide between a Catholic hating group and a pro-death group. We don't have to pick one or the other.
And in conclusion:
Making these changes are deeply personal. But I feel the need to speak up when it's suggested that trying not to fund the abortion industry is "scrupulous." I think we'd all be jumping not to spend money on a genocidal regime, but it's okay to suggest that we're being over scrupulous for attempting to prevent the slaughter of the unborn. I just don't find myself agreeing. This unseen evil is just as great.
If it means we have to do without a little bit more in this life, I'll try to look at it as a growing experiences. Living in the country we live in is pretty luxurious anyways, compared to many parts of the rest of the world.
I'm not bringing this up to guilt anyone in to doing anything that they don't want to do. But I do think that people have the right to know where there money's going, which is the motivation behind all of these posts.
I cook pretty much everything from scratch, yet I still find these products in my home (okay, so I don't make my own steak sauce all the time...). It's an issue for pretty much everyone who shops in the super market or at a mall... It's just that most of us don't know who these companies belong too...
Anyways, I am going to start posting alternatives to these companies to show that it's not all that hard to avoid them once you get the hang of it. It's totally doable for those who are going to give it a try and I'll be more than happy to help!