Republican Rep. Bob Morris of Indiana is refusing to support a resolution celebrating Girl Scouts 100th anniversary, accusing the organization “sexualizing young girls” and teaching scouts to be pro-abortion through a partnership with Planned Parenthood.
According to a letter to the Indiana House, the Fort Wayne Republican said he was disturbed by what he found online about the Girl Scouts of America and its worldwide partner, from its acceptance of transgender scouts, education seminars about sex and what he calls its “liberal agenda.”
“Many parents are abandoning the Girl Scouts because they promote homosexual lifestyles. In fact, the Girl Scouts education seminar girls are directed to the example of role models,” writes Rep. Morris. “Of the fifty role models listed, only three have a briefly-mentioned religious background-all the rest are feminists, lesbians, or Communists.”
The national Girl Scouts association, Girl Scouts of the USA, is no stranger to controversy. It has faced criticism for both its association with the women’s health non-profit and accepting a transgender scout.
In January, a 14-year-old scout named Taylor made a YouTube video calling for a boycott of Girl Scout cookies because the organization admitted a 7-year-old transgender boy into a Denver, Colorado troop last year. The Colorado Chapter said local troops evaluate the admission of boys on a case-by-case basis.
Also last month, a Virginia church banned Girl Scout troops from meeting in their space because its parent organization works with Planned Parenthood, which offers birth control and abortion services.
Girl Scouts of the USA, the parent organization to American Girl Scout troops and a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) denies an official affiliation with Planned Parenthood, but they have used their education materialin the past.
A 2010 panel sponsored by the national organization at the United Nation Commission, as well as another 2008 panel in Waco, Texas, distributed a Planned Parenthood pamphlet called “Healthy, Happy and Hot” that advocates safe sex.
Morris said he disapproved of how the sex education pamphlet instructs young girls that “There is no right or wrong way to have sex.”
“Liberal progressive troop-leaders will indoctrinate the girls in their troop according to the principles of Planned Parenthood,” Morris wrote.
The Journal-Gazette of Fort Wayne reported that Morris is the only House member to refuse to sign the resolution honoring the Girl Scout’s 100th anniversary that lawmakers approved last week, but he told the paper others would join him. He later recanted that statement in an interview with The Associated Press.
The letter was sent to the Indiana House on Saturday. A statement published on the Girl Scouts of Northern Indian-Michiana Monday said that it leaves sex and reproduction question to parents.
“It really hasn’t affected us,” said spokeswoman Amanda Sharp. “Our membership is still strong and our cookie sales are up from last year.”
Below is the entire letter sent by Rep. Morris:
Dear Fellow Representatives:
This past week I was asked to sign a House Resolution recognizing the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts of America. After talking to some well-informed constituents, I did a small amount of web-based research, and what I found is disturbing. The Girl Scouts of America and their worldwide partner, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), have entered into a close strategic affiliation with Planned Parenthood. You will not find evidence of this on the GSA/WAGGGS website-in fact, the websites of these two organizations explicitly deny funding Planned Parenthood.
Nonetheless, 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.”
A Girl Scouts of America training program last year used the Planned Parenthood sex education pamphlet “Happy, Healthy, and Hot.” The pamphlet instructs young girls not to think of sex as “just about vaginal or anal intercourse.” “There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself!” it states. Although individual Girl Scout troops are not forced to follow this curriculum, many do. Liberal progressive troop-leaders will indoctrinate the girls in their troop according to the principles of Planned Parenthood, making Bishop Conley’s warning true.
Many parents are abandoning the Girl Scouts because they promote homosexual lifestyles. In fact, the Girl Scouts education seminar girls are directed to study the example of role models. Of the fifty role models listed, only three have a briefly-mentioned religious background – all the rest are feminists, lesbians, or Communists. World Net Daily, in a May 2009 article, states that Girl Scout Troops are no longer allowed to pray or sing traditional Christmas Carols.
Boys who decide to claim a “transgender” or cross-dressing life-style are permitted to become a member of a Girl Scout troop, performing crafts with the girls and participate in overnight and camping activities – just like any real girl. The fact that the Honorary President of Girl Scouts of America is Michelle Obama, and the Obama’s 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 members of the Indiana House of Representatives, we must be wise before we use the credibility and respect of the “Peoples’ House” to extend legitimacy to a radicalized organization. The Girl Scouts of America stand in a strong tradition that reflects with fidelity the traditional values of our homes and our families. The tradition extends from coast-to-coast and back through the past one hundred years. That said, 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.
I have two daughters who have been active in the Girl Scouts of Limberlost Council in Northeastern Indiana. Now that I am aware of the influence of Planned Parenthood within GSA and other surprisingly radical policies of GSA, my two daughters will instead become active in American Heritage Girls Little Flowers organization. In this traditional group they will learn about values and principles that will not confuse their conservative Hoosier upbringing.
I have been told that, as of today, I am the only member not supporting the Girl Scout Resolution.
I challenge each of you to examine these matters and to decide carefully whether or not to sign the resolution.