I love my Thin Mints as much as the next guy, but I never considered that "the next guy" might actually be the one selling them to me.
After initially making the decision that he couldn't join the Girl Scouts of Colorado, the group has since decided that it will allow 7-year-old Bobby Montoya to join because he is "living life like a girl."
In one fell swoop, in both a seemingly politically correct and incorrect line of reasoning, the Girl Scouts of Colorado has both said that there is and isn't a difference between boys and girls. They've essentially looked the other way on gender to admit Bobby into the group, but then used a standard for determining between a boy and a girl to deliberate the difference.
Here's the important snippets of the official statement:
"Girl Scouts is an inclusive organization and we accept all girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade as members. If a child identifies as a girl and the child's family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout... In this case, an associate delivering our program was not aware of our approach... We are accelerating our support systems and training so that we're better able to serve all girls, families and volunteers."
This, of course, chooses to ignore how they will "better [be] able to serve all girls, families and volunteers" who are involved because it is "the world's preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls." That last quotation is how the Girl Scouts of the USA describes itself. It's compromised not just a core value, but its entire definition.
It's fitting that Dennis Prager touched on this sort of issue when he said that liberalism is compromising principle for feeling. The organization felt for Bobby and his mother (who, in the video, asks "What's the big deal" if he's a boy and wants to join) and has therefore abandoned what it was that made the Girl Scouts an important institution for young girls everywhere.
The Girl Scouts will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year and, coincidently, the state of Colorado is seeking to create a special license plate to honor the occasion. What's the point? The message doesn't reflect the reality of commemorating a century of empowering girls, particularly in the state now. But, as we saw, it's no longer about actually "being" what you are, but just "living like" it.