Skip to comments.Girl Scout Politics Less Than Sweet
Posted on 03/13/2010 5:29:47 AM PST by Kaslin
I've seen more than a few boxes of Do-Si-Dos and Samoas around lately. It's hard to look askance at the Girl Scouts when there's so much sweetness in the air. But there is reason for keeping the Girl Scouts out of the "mom and apple pie" category. For one thing, the organization has a think tank, a nongovernmental organization and a welcome mat out to Planned Parenthood.
At a meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women this month, the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides held a session for young people in which the International Planned Parenthood Federation distributed a brochure about living with HIV titled "Healthy, Happy and Hot." (Gratitude to U.N. watchdogs like C-FAM for keeping an eye out for such nefarious nonsense.)
The brochure sets itself up as a feel-good guide for dangerous behavior. "Young people living with HIV may feel that sex is just not an option, but don't worry -- many young people living with HIV live healthy, fun, happy and sexually fulfilling lives. You can, too, if you want to! Things get easier (and sex can get even better) as you become more comfortable with your status."
And since there is considerable sexual advice offered, advice on "safe abortion" naturally follows in the brochure.
This presentation served as a backdrop for a joint statement from the several U.N. organizations making up the U.N. Adolescent Girls Task Force. The task force declares its support for programs "that empower ... adolescent girls, particularly those aged 10 to 14 years." No innocence preserved.
The United Nations doesn't surprise me so much, but the Girl Scouts continue to greatly disappoint. About a decade ago, I wrote a piece for National Review called "The Cookie Crumbles," about things that could surprise moms and dads helping their daughter work on her Brownie badges. While the Boy Scouts have been under attack by politically correct watchdogs, the Girl Scouts have escaped censure by embracing leftist politics, reproductive permissiveness and secularism. It's been a long slide to sex-prep work for the U.N.
The Girl Scouts aren't shy about the causes they embrace. A 2008 post-election survey of girls and boys between 13 and 17 initiated by the Girl Scouts' think tank, the Girl Scout Research Institute, found overwhelming support for then President-elect Barack Obama, and noted concern for a laundry list of international and domestic issues, including the war in Iraq, the economy and "the difficulties women face in reaching leadership positions in our country."
I don't mind an arm of the Girl Scouts gathering information. But I do mind a group we associate with Tagalongs, tying knots, and basic life skills -- with protecting the innocence of children in an otherwise hyper-sexualized and politically fraught culture -- doing exactly the opposite. I mind leftist activists at national conventions. I mind faux empowerment laced with the persistent whine of victimization.
Your local Girl Scout troop may be run by traditional God-fearing women who want nothing to do with radical Planned Parenthood seminars, but you should know what's going on at the top. And if you are looking for alternatives, they're out there. In recent years I've encountered the American Heritage Girls, established by a Cincinnati-based former Girl Scout troop leader, which seeks to "Build women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country." And in a country known for entrepreneurship, a few sensible moms can start their own skill-building groups, very far away from the United Nations and Planned Parenthood; anything that allows girls to just be girls.
Yikes. This is beyond disgusting.
Planned Parenthood was a “featured” guest at my daughters troop a few years ago. When my daughter got home and told me about it I raised hell with the leader and the GSA. Three scouts (including my daughter) withdrew from the troop. The same leader is still there today.
Nothing is sacred anymore.
Like so much else in our society, the Girl Scouts have been taken over by godless leftists and turned into an indoctrination organization to push the “progressive” agenda — our own, special, diversity-pushing, female-oriented Hitler Youth. It is a disgrace. I have refused to give them money for the past 15 years. And I used to love Thin Mints.
I’m doing my part to protest. Haven’t bought any of their cookies in years.
I lie abut the reason though. Truth is, I can’t eat just one Girl Scout cookie without wanting to devour the whole box in one sitting. So it’s better for me not to buy the cookies at all.
Of course she is. She has an agenda. Those girls are at the right impressionable age and she doesn't want to waste any opportunity to indoctrinate.
I’ve heard rumors of this, but this pretty much spells it all out, doesn’t it?
It was this way a l-o-n-g time ago, too. My Mom yanked me out of Girl Scouts when I was a kid and signed me up for a similar group sponsored by the Lutheran Church. We earned badges, we did community works, we had bake sales.
Note: Missouri Synod = Old Time Religion, none of this goofy ELCA cr@p wanting female pastors and gay leadership. *Rolleyes*
Look around, Parents. If you don’t want your kids involved in this, then involve them in things that are in line with your faith and family values.
And while you’re at it, pull them out of Publik Skrewel, too! :)
I was a brownie and Girl Scout. I will not be buying any cookies.
Being a brownie leader in the early 80’s, I witnessed enough to decide I no longer wanted to be a part of that organization. They were in bed with United Way then.
>”This is beyond disgusting.”
So are their cookies. To be frank, I never liked them anyway. Wife used to buy them just to support ‘em. Not this year or from now on. Crappy cookies dunked in a glass of Liberal Left politics tends to leave a very sour taste in my mouth.
Darn, and I liked their cookies.
But - Commie Scouts - no money for you !!
Yikes, is right. If you ever wondered why no one was going after the Girl Scouts, now you know. This news needs to be spread. If it was, I think the scouts would quickly disappear.
I read Kathryn’s column ten years ago and learned that the gay agenda has become part of the scouts.
How sad is that
Girl Scout cookies are not as good as they used to be at least the thin mints. Bought some two yers ago from a neighbor’s child and for the first time didn’t eat a lot of cookies at the same time. I don’t think they taste as good and haven’t bought any since and now have another reason.
The liberals will not leave any organization alone where they can get their agenda heard.
I recently was on a flight with 3 Girlscout executives coming from a meeting. All were definitely in the pantsuit and sensible shoes crowd, if you catch my drift.
This might be one occasion where I would like to see girls allowed into the Boy Scouts. Unless they have gone ‘round the bend too....
If there is a good neighborhood troop who really needs support, ask the leader what they need and donate it directly. For example, we once donated the campsite fee for a local troop so they could have a weekend camp-out in a nice park instead of the leader's back yard.