Skip to comments.American Girl's gifts to agency lead school to scrap show (Catholic Grade School, WI)
Posted on 10/30/2005 8:48:07 AM PST by UB355
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My grandmother was a big believer in the girls and boys clubs of America. She supported them for many years.
She would be so disappointed in them now.
I wonder if this will cause AG to tone down their response to customers. You can read one of their responses on this thread.
I think that this whole thing may be a big overreaction; it seems like the specific programs that are being supported (math and science tutoring and girls' athletics) are the type of stuff that everyone can get behind. I was one of the original American Girls and think it's so sad that some little girls won't be able to play with the dolls anymore because of a political dispute.
A Catholic school in Waukesha County is the first non-profit group in the nation to cancel a coveted American Girl Fashion Show amid concerns that the Wisconsin-based doll company behind the show gives money to a national girls organization that presents abortion, contraception and a lesbian sexual orientation as acceptable.
I have always thought that AG prices were a rip-off!
There are alternatives:
The school had hoped to raise $10,000 to $30,000. An internet campaign to donate a few bucks seems to be in order:
"Organizers had planned to mail invitations to more than 20,000 American Girl doll owners in a wide region. They had hoped to raise at least $10,000 - and perhaps $30,000 or more - through ticket and raffle sales, business sponsorships, and a percentage of sales of American Girl's dolls, books, clothes and other products, said the event's co-chairwomen, Marisa Beffel of Brookfield and Catherine Valentyn of the town of Brookfield."
Father Frank Malloy
18000 W. Greenfield Ave.
Brookfield, WI 53045-6615
The text of Father Malloy's message in the parish bulletin. Its PDF:
American Girl chose to get involved with, and support, an organization that is not only way left of traditional family values but political as well. Rather than acknowledge the validity of their customers' concerns, AG turns defiant and tries to marginalize those who criticize their decision. In fact, it is the view of GirlsInc that is way, way out of the mainstream. A company cannot give financial support to an organization and then try to keep themselves separate from what that group stands for.
The only language AG understands, apparently, is the dollar, which we are quite happy to keep from them. I think if their response had been milder and conciliatory, I would have gone ahead and done my Christmas shopping with them. But I refuse to give a penny to a company that tries to equate my moral beliefs with politics. That's arrogant and condescending. And you know what? Giving up AG is turning out to be no big deal at all.
About time. More and more people need to stand up for what they believe instead of being steamrolled by someone else's beliefs. Tired of all of this. Everyone has rights and not only the special interest groups. I'm not a smoker but...I firmly believe becuase I don't smoke and don't believe in it nor like it that I have that right to stop others from smoking. it's NOT the American way!!!
I dont' believe in Porn and I don't watch the videos that are filled with nothing but sex but... I exercise my right to shut something off or not buy magazines that promote porn, etc.
I'm tired of other people shoving their way of life down other people's throats. Live and let live but don't tell me what I can and cannot say or do while we have to listen to what they have to say or don't say.
What toys aren't these days? It's ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!!!
Yes they are! Now hopefully some other organization that actually supports the delivery of living, breathing babies and doesn't enocourage lesbian activity can get in there and support math and science tutoring and girls' athletics.
Well--everyone is in business to make money, of course. It just seems that some want to make it faster than others-LOL!
Freepers could get behind something like this and see that the school's wildest goals are met...
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