Niki Kelly, writing for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, has a post entitled Lawmaker won’t honor ‘radicalized’ Girl Scouts. Rep. Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne) has offered an explanation for his refusal to sign on to House Concurrent Resolution 17.
[Rep. Morris] said he did some web-based research and found allegations that the Girl Scouts are a tactical arm of Planned Parenthood, allows transgender females to join and encourages sex.
Morris also said the fact that First Lady Michelle Obama is honorary president “should give each of us reason to pause before our individual and collective endorsement of the organization.”
“I challenge each of you to examine these matters more closely before you extend your name and your reputation to endorse a group that has been subverted in the name of liberal progressive politics and the destruction of traditional American family values.”
He sounds like a crank calling into a right-wing radio program of the sort which the host usually finds nuts but deftly gets off the phone while neither endorsing the caller’s ideas or alienating like-minded listeners.
You know, I’ve done some web-based research and found allegations that Glenn Beck raped and killed a young girl in 1990. I assume those allegations are not true, but we should all examine this matter more closely before tuning into any of Mr. Beck’s current or former television and radio networks.
The Journal Gazette has made available the full text of Rep. Morris’ letter here.
[A]bundant 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.
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Liberal progressive troop-leaders will indoctrinate the girls in their troop according to the principles of Planned Parenthood[.]
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Many parents are abandoning the Girl Scouts because they promote homosexual lifestyles.
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Of the fifty role models listed [in a Girl Scout seminar, 47 of the 50] are feminists, lesbians, or Communists.
Feminists, lesbians, and communists, oh my!
I think the resolution speaks for itself on why Rep. Morris picked the wrong paranoid conspiracy on which to hitch his political wagon:
#The Girl Scouts helped girls emerge from isolated home environments and enter into the world of community service and the open air;
#[Girl Scouts Founder] Juliette Gordon Low encouraged girls to prepare for traditional homemaking, for possible future roles as professional women in the arts, sciences, and business, and for active citizenship outside the home;
#The Girl Scouts organization welcomed girls with disabilities with open arms at a time when they were often excluded from many other activities;
#For 100 years, participation in the Girl Scouts has helped girls “develop their full individual potential, relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect, develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making, and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others”
#The Indiana General Assembly wishes to congratulate the Girl Scouts on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the organization’s founding and to thank the group for the strong positive influence it has had on the American woman.
The antipathy toward Planned Parenthood and contraception is just reaching a fever pitch these days. Perhaps the General Assembly could convene an all-male study committee to research the Girl Scout/Planned Parenthood connection.