In an effort to increase recruitment, Britain has decided to remove reference to any deity.
After more than 100 years of swearing allegiance to God, country and Queen, the British Girl Guides have decided to drop the God reference in a move hailed by secular groups.
Founded in 1910, the British version of the American Girl Scouts made the change after a consultation that resulted in close to 44,000 responses, according to the Associated Press.
“We hope that the new wording will help us reach out to girls and women who might not have considered guiding before — so that even more girls can benefit from everything guiding can offer,” Slocombe said in a statement on the Guides’ website.
The new promise reads:
I promise that I will do my best: to be true to myself and develop my beliefs, to serve the Queen and my community, to help other people and to keep the (Brownie) Guide law.
There are alot of ‘me’ messages in the new pledge. Are we conditioning girls to be more self centered? Helping others and community appear to be an after thought.
Women are positioned to be the spiritual guides of our communities, discouraging that type of identified growth may be contrary to the development of whole women. Just saying.