Something that’s bothering me lately is Guiding and its promises. I’ve never made That Promise* as an adult, because, you know, I can’t…
I have no god. I don’t feel I owe the monarchy any allegiance. That doesn’t make me a worse (or indeed, a better) person, or any more or less fit to lead girls. Feel free to judge me on how I live my life, but not on those beliefs.
I’m the Guider who never wants to hear girls making promises, who ‘forgets’ the flag, who has reluctantly attended church each November only to avoid causing too much offence.
I truly cannot work out why GGUK have put their feet down so firmly on this one. They are clutching the wrong straws. Actions matter; beliefs do not.
I think Canada have got it about right. I could say those words without perjuring myself, and I don’t see that it would detract anything from the experience for those who do believe in god/s.
So what to do whilst we all wait around for GGUK to come to their senses? Keep quiet and make full use of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy (and ignore the profound discomfort prickling every time the promise issue rears its ugly head?), or speak out and walk away? For this time, there is no third way.
*Ooh, do you know, I can’t actually find the wording of the promise anywhere on the GGUK site… Do we suppose that’s because it’s a really crap website, or because their refusal to change the wording has become such an embarrassing issue?