Indiana Republican Representative Bob Morris says that Girl Scouts are "bent on communism, lesbianism, and destroying America":
“After talking to some well-informed constituents, I did a small amount of Web-based research, and what I found is disturbing,” Morris wrote Saturday to Republican House colleagues. "...abundant evidence proves that the agenda of Planned Parenthood includes sexualizing young girls through the Girl Scouts, which is quickly becoming a tactical arm of Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood instructional series and pamphlets are part of the core curriculum at GSA training seminars. Denver Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley of Denver last year warned parents that 'membership in the Girl Scouts could carry the danger of making their daughters more receptive to the pro-abortion agenda.'...The fact that the Honorary President of Girl Scouts of America is Michelle Obama, and the Obama’s [sic] are radically pro-abortion and vigorously support the agenda of Planned Parenthood, should give each of us reason to pause before our individual or collective endorsement of the organization."
As the Girl Scouts pointed out, Morris failed to do adequate research...because since 1917, every first lady has served as the honorary leader, including Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush and Laura Bush. The Northern Indiana-Michiana chapter of the Girl Scouts has, in fact, no relationship with Planned Parenthood, and the national organization has no formal partnership with Planned Parenthood, but receives its support.
Read Michael Hayne's hilarious commentary, in which he says: "No group or organization is safe, apparently not even the Girl Scouts of America (not to be confused with the less popular Girl Scouts of al-Qaeda)....I will say that I am not a huge fan of their aborted-fetus flavored cookies, but I am quite partial to Lesbian Lemon Wafer."
I also love the fact that another Republican congressman, Brian Bosma, counteracted by mocking Morris’s comments handing out Thin Mints to other members. "“I purchased 278 cases of Girl Scout cookies in the last four hours,” he said.
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In another excellent example of certain Catholic leaders lying in bed with the Republican party, the pastor of St. Timothy Catholic Church in Virginia has told several local Girl Scouts chapters that they are no longer welcome to meet in its church, because "the increasingly open nature of the Girl Scouts" is not "compatible with the mission of the church." The Girl Scouts have been in the bullseye of conservative Catholics and Christians for a few years. Just google "girl scouts Catholic church" or take a look at this opinion piece from 2010, Why I Will No Longer Support Girl Scouts, by a woman who was horrified that the flags of all nations were honored at a Girl Scout convention, girls are taught about climate change and female empowerment, and the role models in senior high school curriculum only include 3 "women of faith." (May I remind her that just because you are not a Catholic or telling everyone how to behave does not mean you are not a "woman of faith.")
Clearly, not all Catholic organizations are attacking or unwelcoming the Girl Scouts--in fact I found a website for the National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts USA and Camp Fire USA.
I have to say I'm impressed with the way the local chapters chose to respond to St. Timothy's banning:
“We are committed to ensuring that Girl Scouting is available to all girls from St. Timothy’s Catholic School, in Chantilly, VA. This location change presents us with an opportunity to serve not only the girls from St. Timothy’s, but to invite more girls from the area to join Girl Scouts. After all, this is our 100th anniversary year and a great time to be part of Girl Scouting.”
We haven't bought Girl Scout cookies this year--I would prefer that they manufacture them without high-fructose corn syrup and ideally made gluten-free ones!--but now I really feel like I should buy some!