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British girl scout group removes ‘God’ from oath
Britain’s equivalent of America’s Girl Scouts — called Girl Guides and Brownies – took out the “God” from their 103-year-old oath.
The pertinent passage used to call for the scout’s promise to “love God,” Breitbart reported. Now it calls for the scout to be true to “myself” and to develop “my beliefs.” The reason for the switch?
Scout organizers said they wanted to broaden and diversity, and bring in girls from secular families, Breitbart said.
Not all are happy with the change.
“These values have their roots in a Christian outlook,” said Andrea Minichiello Williams, who heads Christian Concern, reported Breitbart. “Taking ‘God’ out of the promise denies the history and foundations of the movement without offering anything in its place, with the result that the organization will lose its distinctive ethos and end up meaning nothing.”
Girl Guides CEO Julie Bentley bragged that the group is the “ultimate feminist organization,” Breitbart reported.
Girl Guides in Australia took out “God” from the oath last year, while Boy Scouts in Great Britain are currently mulling to do the same, Breitbart reported. By contrast, Girl Scouts andBoy Scouts in the United States pledge “to
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