The Girl Scouts, who say they “are here to lift up girls and women,” tweeted congratulations to new Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, a woman of inspiring achievements, both in the private and public spheres.
Here is what they Girls Scouts tweeted:
“Congratulations Amy Coney Barrett on becoming the 5th woman appointed to the Supreme Court since its inception in 1789,” the group tweeted around 1 p.m. ET, screenshots of the tweet show.
On a green background that reminded one of Girls Scouts’ cookie boxes, the tweet included pictures of Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Barrett.
Then all hell broke loose:
The post sparked immediate criticism on social media of both the Girl Scouts and Barrett, who many liberals consider a threat to abortion rights, Obamacare and other progressive matters because of her religious conservative and religious viewpoint.
Instead of refusing to be intimidated, as the tough women who were once our “strong woman” role models would have done, the Girl Scouts organization scrambled to show just how easy it is to boss around these women. In their next tweet, they said:
The Scouts then clarified that the group is “a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization.”
“We are neither red nor blue, but Girl Scout GREEN. We are here to lift up girls and women. If you would like to debate partisan police–keep scrolling,” the Girl Scouts posted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
That much was fine.
But the Scouts also apologetically removed the tweet congratulating Barrett, which was capitulation to those who would not accept ordinary niceties directed at someone who does not share their politics.
So, the march through the institutions now encompasses the Girl Scouts!
Bear in mind, the Scouts should not be taking political positions—but the congratulatory message to Justice Barrett, featuring as it did, images of the Democrat-appointed Justices, wasn’t a political statement. It was just the recognition of a historical achievement by a woman.
The original tweet was the sort of nicety that once created a hospitable atmosphere in which we could all feel a part of a great country, no matter how we voted. I am afraid the kind of belligerence we saw in the attacks on the original tweet is more common on the left than the right.
Conservative commentators inevitably went out of their way to (rightly) praise late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was seen as a distinguished American jurist who belongs to the great stream of American history. But don’t expect the same kind of courtesy and patriotism from the left.
The Scouts’ response to intimidation was predictable. As IWF tweeted:
Of course the @girlscouts caved to the mob and deleted this tweet congratulating Amy Coney Barrett. SAD.
Blogger Rod Dreher comments:
That’s the Left for you: politicizing every damn thing. And that’s the quality of our institutional leadership today: surrendering every time leftists caterwaul.
Deleting that ACB tweet was a political act, Girl Scouts. You can’t have it both ways. You caved to your progressive critics, who in effect exercise a veto over which women can and cannot be celebrated for their accomplishments.
I hope you have enough liberal customers to make up for the conservative ones you will lose for the cookies you peddle. I do not want to support an organization that teaches girls that the only women worth celebrating are those who grow up to be progressives, and that the thing for women to do when they are criticized by Mean Girls is to retreat and apologize.
Rod advises never buying Girl Scout cookies again.
I won’t politicize the cookie—but the next thin mint may leave a bitter aftertaste.
I prefer strong women to cowardly women.
And I guess now we know into which category the Girl Scouts leadership falls.