Gordon Ramsay, The Church and Girl Scout Cookies

Note to Gordon Ramsay:  Dude!  Do you even bake?

First a correction to Mr Kimmel, the Girl Scouts ARE the same as the Girl Guides in England and other parts of Europe. I think Mr. Ramsay’s reaction to Girl Scout cookies was only slightly more charitable than Mr. Robert Carlson’s.  You’ll recall yesterday I linked to an article in my blog about Carlson’s official Catholic Church Position regarding the Girl Scouts.  Here’s another: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/st-louis-archbishop-warns-catholics-girl-scouts-article-1.2544652

Carlson complained the Girl Scouts are promoting a social agenda of feminists like Gloria Steinem, so last night I asked my wife, a troop leader, if she knew who Gloria Steinem is.  She said, “Gloria Who?  I think I’ve heard the name before.  Who is she?”  So there you go.  I’d be willing to bet her reaction is typical of adult girl scout leaders.  Somebody do a survey, please!

Ramsay is your typical pharisee of the culinary church, “tithing mint and cumin,” but “not lifting a finger to [help].”  I must have been unconsciously thinking about, and citing Matthew 23 yesterday without realizing it, but today, it’s on.

Matthew 23
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:
“The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.

“Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.

“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.

“YES CHEF!”  When I bothered to watch the show “Hell’s Kitchen,” the sycophantic chefs endured berating, belittling, insulting, and responded, “YES CHEF!” like marine cadets responding to their drill sergeant.  And they still never showed me how to make a proper Beef Wellington.  I want to go back to an earlier time.  I want to go way back, past the pretend perfection of Martha Stewart.   I want to go back to the charity and true social grace of Julia Child.  She may not have always been as nice as she seemed on her cooking shows, I wasn’t there so I don’t know.  But on her shows, she instructed people, and gave them helpful hints.  And in later years, I only loved her more, when she appeared with other chefs:  she was always giving the other chef the spotlight to let them shine.  I want that in my cooking shows.

Carlson, in directing that local parishes should decide upon whether they should host local girl scout chapters in the church buildings, seems to be saying it might be a good idea to slam those doors (see v 13).  So, watch your toes, little girls!  He suggests that girls be encouraged to join other structured Catholic social clubs, but I know, and you know, the recognition and respect the real world has for a Gold Award earning Girl Scout Ambassador, or an Eagle (Award Earning) Ranked Boy Scout, because of their level of service, discipline, and citizenship.  I have no idea how to dig the catholic church out of the hatred hole Mr Carlson has dug it into.

Gordon Ramsay can actually be quite nice, and amusing, unless someone makes him cross, which doesn’t seem to take much.  But I have an idea how Mr. Ramsay can redeem himself.

Mr. Gordon Ramsay, I challenge you, I dare you, to try this:

Instead of just saying how you dislike most of the girl scout cookies, step into a bakery kitchen and fix the recipes so you like them, and after you fix them I bet the Girl Scouts of America will taste your cookies to give you a shot at being an official ambassador, whose recipes can be used nation wide.  Keep the prices under $4 a box, put more cookies in each box, and as an added challenge, increase the profit margin so the girl scouts get more per box than $0.50 or $0.25.  We already think the product is good, but 1) if you can make it better, do it, and 2) it’s really hard to raise funds when your margin only gives you pennies per sale, and even harder when 30 people walk by or walk somewhere else to avoid the poor girl, who is wondering if she’s hideous because no one will buy her cookies that she knows are delicious and addicting.  And then, donate the development costs, the recipes and the proceeds to the Girl Scouts.  And then, after you’ve publicly and gently developed the recipes, quietly and with humility of spirit, step away and refuse to let them put your image or name on the cookies because it’s not about you, it’s about helping the girls in their journey to adulthood.  And trust me, the girl scouts will love you, and so will America.  It’ll be enough that we consumers know you created the marvelous recipes and kept them at a reasonable price.

And you, Mr. Carlson, I might have visited a catholic church on my quest for knowledge, truth and love, but I won’t ever come now, at least until you either repent, or explain to me how your actions fulfill the following:

I Peter 4:
7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Does God want you driving a wedge of hatred between His church and the people?  Or is it just a show you perform in front of your adoring fans, “YES, TEACHER!”?  Have you committed no sin and therefore remain worthy of throwing stones?  Or is it your church, for you to close the doors?  Ephesians 4:15 admonishes to speak  “the truth,” yes, but “the truth, in love.”  There is no love in a hostile and inhospitable spirit.  I suppose we could quibble over what it means by “each other,” or “one another,” but I’d say Jesus’ definition of a “neighbor” and you, suffices as “one another.”

Let’s just see if either of them are able to take on my challenges.


2 thoughts on “Gordon Ramsay, The Church and Girl Scout Cookies

  1. Girl scouts as feminist propaganda makes as much sense to me as the people fussing about my kid reading the Skippyjonjones books. Cos he’s a siamese cat who fantasizes about being a chihuahua and that’s racist.
    People have too much free time.


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