OH, THEY'VE BEEN YAMMERING LIKE THIS ABOUT THE GIRL SCOUTS FOR YEARS
This story from Indiana got a lot of attention today:
A Fort Wayne lawmaker has refused to sign on to a resolution celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, calling the group a "radicalized organization" that supports abortion and promotes the "homosexual lifestyle."
Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne, sent a letter to his fellow House Republicans on Saturday explaining why he would be the only member in the House not to endorse the nonbinding resolution.
He 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....
I read that, and the first thing I thought was: Again? I guess I lurk way too much on right-wing sites, but this just seems old hat to me. It reminded me of anti-Girl Scout diatribes like this one from Kathryn Jean Lopez at National Review back in 2000:
...The Girl Scouts' leaders hope to make their youthful charges the shock troops of an ongoing feminist revolution.
It's been a long slide for the Girl Scouts. First, as James Davison Hunter points out in his new book The Death of Character, they dropped "loyalty" from their oath in 1972, in favor of "I will do my best to be honest and fair." In 1975, a Catholic archdiocese cut off all support of the Girl Scouts because of their sex-ed program. In 1993, the Girl Scouts made "God" optional in the Girl Scout Promise....
Oh, but it gets worse, according to K-Lo:
Girl Scout policy forbids sex on Girl Scouts time. But the book On My Honor: Lesbians Reflect on Their Scouting Experience, published in 1997, is filled with coming-of-age stories sparked by gay encounters in the Girl Scouts. Along with an essay entitled "All I Really Need to Know About Being a Lesbian I Learned at Girl Scout Camp," and various stories of "butch" counselors who "wore men's clothes and had slicked back short hair," is testimony to the prevalence of lesbians in Girl Scouting. One writer remembers: "By the time I was a junior counselor, Mic was assistant camp director and her gruff, deep-voiced directives no longer scared me. I didn't know that most of the counselors were lesbians." Others remember how sleepovers and camping trips were opportunities for same-sex sexual experimentation. Girl Scout staffers writing in the book claim that roughly one in three of the Girl Scouts' paid professional staff is lesbian.
They claim this is roughly true! Hey, that's all the evidence I need that this is 100% accurate!
And, look, it must be true that all Girl Scout camps are lesbian recruiting lairs for underage girls, because, as K-Lo writes immediately afterward:
The organization itself is not shy about the issue. One resource book for Scouts informs its young readers: "Some girls have sexual attractions or desires for people of the same sex."
No! How dare they say something outrageous like that!
A few months later, K-Lo wrote about the Girl Scouts again, this time for The Washington Times:
"You might know a Girl Scout who earned a badge for selling cookies or learning to cook," says Miss Lopez. "But, did you notice her 'Domestic Violence Awareness' badge?" Shortly after becoming executive director, the Scouts' Marty Evans boasted, "We're not your mother’s Girl Scout troop."
"No kidding," says Miss Lopez. "Remember that when you consider buying this year’s box of thin mints."
Yeah, that's right! You wouldn't want to be unwittingly funding domestic violence awareness, would you?