Is Bob Morris the lone “spoilsport” of the Indiana House, or is he onto something?
“Governments and NGOs should be aware of Planned Parenthood’s insidious plan to work with U.N. agencies and girls’ organizations in order to profit from encouraging kids to be sexually active.” — Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women of America
According to Bob Morris, a Republican representing Fort Wayne and the only member of the Indiana House who has refused to sign a resolution celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, the group is a “radicalized organization” that “sexualizes” young girls and is becoming a “tactical arm” of Planned Parenthood.
In an open letter Morris wrote Saturday to Republican House colleagues, which was obtained by the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Morris also says the scouts have a “pro-abortion agenda” and promote “homosexual lifestyles.”
He expressed uneasiness with the fact that males who claim transgender status may be able to play with the females in the Girl Scout Troop, and also criticized Michelle Obama, the group’s honorary president, saying her involvement should “give each of us reason to pause.”
After learning all this, he wrote, he pulled his two daughters out of the Girl Scouts and instead put them in American Heritage Girls Little Flowers, a parent-run group best described as a center for recovering Girl Scouts.
February 18, 2012
Members of the Republic Caucus
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.
Michelle Tompkins, a spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts, responded to Morris’ assertions by stating: “Not only is Rep. Morris off the mark on his claims, it’s also unfortunate in his limited research that he failed to discover that, since 1917, every first lady has served as the honorary leader of Girl Scouts, including Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush and Laura Bush.”
“We believe that leadership is about hearing from all sides of an issue before making up one’s mind,” Tompkins said. “We only wish we had the chance to speak with the freshman representative before he distributed his letter.”
For its part, Planned Parenthood of Indiana called Morris’ comments “inflammatory, misleading, woefully inaccurate and harmful,” saying he’d insulted not only it but also the Girl Scouts and Obama.
“Planned Parenthood currently has no formal partnership with the Girl Scouts, but supports their mission and recognizes their century of contributions to our society,” the organization said.
Planned Parenthood blasts comments about Girl Scouts
Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) President and CEO Betty Cockrum issued the following statement Tuesday Feb. 22, in response to the letter written by Bob Morris:
“It was disappointing to read Rep. Morris’ inflammatory, misleading, woefully inaccurate and harmful words about Planned Parenthood, the Girl Scouts of America, and the President and First Lady.
PPIN does not produce nor distribute the materials Rep. Morris referenced. Planned Parenthood of Indiana is first and foremost a provider of affordable, high-quality health care, serving more than 100,000 Hoosiers across the state. Our nonprofit provides preventive services such as life-saving cancer screenings, Pap tests, birth control, testing and treatment for STDs, as well as sexual health education and health counseling. As part of our sexual education services, we offer a variety of age-appropriate education services developed by trained professionals.
On the national level, inflammatory and generally inaccurate claims about a partnership between the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood have been promoted primarily by anti-choice lawmakers seeking to place pressure on organizations to disassociate or distance themselves from Planned Parenthood. As part of their campaign against the Girl Scouts, these groups are also attacking the Girl Scouts’ policies on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Planned Parenthood currently has no formal partnership with the Girl Scouts, but supports their mission and recognizes their century of contributions to our society.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana will continue working to fulfill our mission of providing affordable and quality care to Hoosiers who need it. At a time when Indiana’s families are struggling, it is disappointing to see legislators, such as Rep. Morris, focused on divisive social issues and restricting access to basic health care, rather than creating jobs and putting our neighbors back to work.”
Bob Morris said in a apologetic statement to The Journal Gazette on February 23 that his comments about the Girl Scouts were “emotional, reactionary and inflammatory.” He said he shouldn’t have “painted the entire Girl Scouts organization with such a wide brush.”
The Girl Scouts have flatly denied Morris’ charges.
Morris’ stance became the butt of jokes inside the Statehouse and among national late-night television comedians.
Morris said that although he is apologizing for the tone of his accusations that the Girl Scouts is a radical group that promotes abortions and homosexuality, he is standing by his criticism of the national group.
Okay, let’s shine some light on this and see where it takes us. There are 100 Reps in the House and he was the only one who refused to sign off on it. 100 to 1 is about the ratio of crooks in government to honest men and women. So with this guy’s bunch it looks like he could be it: the one incorruptible soul. He looks decent and clean-cut enough…
Let’s see if we can manage to make any of those connections here though, so we can draw our own conclusions…
According to Bob Morris (and others?), the Girl Scouts:
1) Is a “radicalized” organization
2) “Sexualizes” young girls
3) Promotes homosexual lifestyles
4) Is becoming a “tactical arm” of Planned Parenthood
5) Holds up almost strictly feminists, communists, and lesbians as role models
6) Allows boys claiming trangendered and cross-dressing(?) status full access to the girls throughout all activities, including overnight camp-outs
7) Many other parents have been abandoning the Girl Scouts after becoming aware of these issues and concerned for the well-being of their daughters
That’s a lot to look into, but the NWO agenda is painted liberally all over the allegations. We can really boil all this down to three critical components:
1) The ongoing demoralization and sovietization of America
2) The unceasing globalization effort
3) The current push for population reduction
Reduction — meaning some people need to go away. Now.
So Who Are the Girl Scouts?
Who We Are
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is the largest organization for girls in the world. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Through activities in science and technology, business and economic literacy, and outdoor and environmental awareness, Girl Scouting provides girls with opportunities for fun and friendship, while fostering the development of leadership skills and self-esteem.
Founded by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA was chartered by the United States Congress on March 16, 1950. Today, there are 3.2 million Girl Scouts: 2.3 million girl members and 890,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers.
What We Do
Girls develop their leadership potential through activities that enable them to discover their values and skills, and the world around them; connect with others in a multicultural environment; and take action to make a difference in the world.
Headquartered in New York City, Girl Scouts has 112 chartered councils nationwide. These councils provide direct services to girls and the volunteers who work with them, and to the communities they serve. Girl Scouting is open to all girls from kindergarten through high school.
National Honorary President: Michelle Obama. Chair, National Board of Directors: Connie L. Lindsey. Chief Executive Officer: Anna Maria Chávez.
Key Alumnae Stats
• Ten of seventeen women (59 percent) in the United States Senate are former Girl Scouts. • Forty-five of seventy-five women (60 percent) in the House of Representatives are former Girl Scouts.
• Fifty-three percent of all women business owners are former Girl Scouts.
• Seventy-six percent of all Girl Scout alumnae report that Girl Scouts had a positive impact in their lives.
Girl Scout Mission
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
In Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Through a myriad of enriching experiences, such as extraordinary field trips, sports skill-building clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardships, girls grow courageous and strong. Girl Scouting helps 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.
At Home and Abroad
Girls at home and abroad participate introops and groups in more than 92 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas, and over 100 local Girl Scout councilsoffer girls the opportunity for membership across the United States.
An International Family
Through its membership in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, or WAGGGS, Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a worldwide family of 10 million girls and adults in 145 countries.
A Pivotal Part of Women’s History
More than 50 million American women enjoyed Girl Scouting during their childhood—and that number continues to grow as Girl Scouts of the USA continues to inspire, challenge, and empower girls everywhere.
We are acutely aware of girls’ changing needs. That’s why in 2010 we embarked on a journey to develop strategies which will ensure that the Girl Scout Movement is perfectly situated to honor the legacy and promise of the next 50 million Girl Scouts. Learn more about these crucial objectives and goals in our Annual Report.
Thanks to our generous foundation and corporate partners, girls everywhere can participate in dynamic programs that build self-esteem, establish values, teach financial literacy, bridge the digital divide, and promote leadership. Read more about some of our partners listed below and learn about the incredible opportunities for girls they’ve helped make possible:
The Coca-Cola Company
The Goizueta Foundation
Herford N. Elliott Trust
Kappa Delta Sorority
Motorola Solutions Foundation
Hew York Life Foundation
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is comprised of 145 member organizations, including Girl Scouts of the USA. WAGGGS not only unites all of its member organizations, but also promotes and establishes Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting organizations around the world. The goal of WAGGGS is to enable girls and young women to develop their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world.
Headquartered at the World Bureau in London, WAGGGS also owns and operates four world centers. Girl Guides/Girl Scouts can visit these program centers in England, India, Mexico and Switzerland.
Sir Robert Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scouts in England in 1907. When girls showed up at a Boy Scout rally at Crystal Palace in 1909, Sir Robert decided that girls needed their own movement. In 1910 he and his sister, Agnes, founded the Girl Guide movement. In 1918, Sir Robert’s wife, Olave, became the United Kingdom’s Chief Guide, and the following year formed the International Council, which officially became the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 1928.
Participation Around the World
The WAGGGS constitution requires that at least two women on its board be under 30 years old, and that all World Board committees include at least one woman under 30. WAGGGS member organizations offer girls a wide range of leadership experiences, which enable them to become competent and confident leaders.
WAGGGS has six teams at United Nations locations around the world—Geneva, Nairobi, New York, Paris, Rome and Vienna. Each team works with UN agencies to address issues that affect girls and young women globally. GSUSA works with the WAGGGS UN team in New York.
International Training Forums and Seminars
Each of the five WAGGGS regions (Africa, Asia/Pacific, Arab region, Europe and Western Hemisphere) hold training events focused on leadership development for young women. Since 1932, Juliette Low Seminarshave been held twice every triennium. The seminars provide international leadership training for young women from any member organization, and provide a platform for young women to:
Share their views and experiences
Develop a sense of universal citizenship
Enhance their leadership skills
Appreciate cultural differences
Broaden their international understanding and prepare for national and international leadership in World Association and at the United Nations.
World Conference and Regional Conferences.
Each triennium, WAGGGS convenes a World Conference. The 2008 World Conference was held in South Africa. The 2011 World Conference will take place in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. In addition, each of the five WAGGGS regions—Africa, Asia/Pacific, Arab region, Europe and Western Hemisphere—hold triennium conferences.
Source: The official Girl Scouts of the USA website located at: http://www.girlscouts.org
The Cookies Hit the Fan
In Crawford, Texas, some families are boycotting Thin Mints and Do-Si-Dos and other Girl Scout cookies. Troop 7527 is down to just two members after the other girls were withdrawn by their parents. And Brownie Troop 7087 is no more.
Why are folks in this conservative Texas town where President Bush has his ranch so mad at the Girl Scout organization?
Planned Parenthood and sex education.
The furor was started a few weeks ago by the leader of the anti-abortion group Pro-Life Waco, who sent out e-mails and ran ads on a Christian radio station urging people to boycott Girl Scout cookies because of the “cozy relationship” between the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood.
Parents were upset to learn that the local Girl Scout organization had given a “woman of distinction award” last year to a Planned Parenthood executive. And they were disturbed to find out that the Girl Scout organization has been giving its endorsement for years to a Planned Parenthood sex-ed program in which girls and boys are given literature on homosexuality, masturbation and condoms.
“It’s not that we’re a bunch of activists. We’re just a bunch of moms who care about their kids,” said Lisa Aguilar, who took her 10-year-old daughter out of her eight-member Girl Scout troop. “For us, it’s the morality. Where is Girl Scouts going?”
The two troops in Crawford, population 700, decided not to deliver the cookie orders that they had already taken.
But cookie sales have skyrocketed this year as many people bought cases just to show their support for the Girl Scouts, said Becky Parker, a troop leader who is the cookie distributor for Waco-area troops.
“People thought the boycott was ridiculous and was one man’s extremist views,” Parker said.
While the cookie boycott may have backfired, the furor prompted the parent leaders of the two Crawford troops to quit.
“You’re telling these girls to raise their fingers up to pledge to honor God and country, and yet you’re handing out materials saying homosexuality is OK,” said Brownie leader Donna Coody, who disbanded her five-member troop.
Because of the uproar, the Bluebonnet Council of Girl Scouts, which oversees troops in the Waco area and 13 other counties, announced last week that it would not be affiliated with Planned Parenthood sex-education programs this year.
In an editorial in Friday’s Waco Tribune-Herald, Pam Smallwood, the Planned Parenthood of Central Texas executive director who was honored by the Girl Scouts last year, complained that Girl Scouts had thereby demonstrated that “bullying tactics are more effective than an informed democracy.”
The Waco-area Girl Scout organization has been putting its name and logo on brochures for the Planned Parenthood sex-education programs but said it does not contribute any money and does not send girls to attend.
Some 400 to 700 fifth- through ninth-graders attend the half-day Nobody’s Fool conference in Waco each July. The program never mentions abortion, according to Planned Parenthood. The youngsters receive a book with chapters on homosexuality and masturbation, as well as illustrations of couples having sex, people examining their naked bodies and a boy putting on a condom.
Some Girl Scout mothers called it soft-core porn.
“It embarrassed me to look at it with my husband,” said parent Shannon Donaldson.
Pro-Life Waco director John Pisciotta, an economics professor at Baylor, the world’s largest Baptist university, said his call for a cookie boycott “was a way to bring attention to the issue and wasn’t really about cookies.”
The Girl Scouts national organization, which is based in New York and has 2.9 million girl members and 986,000 adult members, takes no position on sex education or abortion and has no national relationship with Planned Parenthood, according to the Bluebonnet Council.
The Crawford mothers are forming their own girls organization and will use a Christian-based curriculum. Beth Vivio, director of the Bluebonnett Council, declined to say if parents in any other troops had taken their daughters out.
Some parents decided to explain abortion to their girls. Others gave only a vague explanation about the uproar.
“Our girls have been through a lot these past three weeks,” said Jennifer Smith, who quit as leader of Girl Scout Troop 7527 and removed her daughter. “After I told my 10-year-old daughter that they are supporting some things that are not morally right, she understood.” (USA Today 3/3/2004)
Official Policy Allows “Transgendered” Boys
A seven year-old Colorado boy’s desire to join the Girl Scouts — and the organisation’s reversal of his initial rejection — has put a spotlight on the Scouts’ little-known policy of supporting transgender kids, FOX News reported today.
The story of little Bobby Montoya came to light earlier this week, when his mother told a Denver TV station that Bobby’s request to join his older sister in the venerable all-girl organisation was denied. Felisha Archuleta says Bobby dresses in girls’ clothes and likes girls’ toys.
Ms Archuleta told KUSA-TV that a troop leader said “‘It doesn’t matter how he looks. He has boy parts, and he can’t be in Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts don’t allow that [and] I don’t want to be in trouble by parents or my supervisor.'”
But the local troop leader was apparently unaware of current policies within the organization.
The Girl Scouts of Colorado released a statement this week stating that they are an “inclusive organisation” and that little Bobby will be allowed to join if he wants to.
“We accept all girls in kindergarten through 12th grade as members. If a child identifies as a girl and the child’s family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout,” according to the statement.
Rachelle Trujillo, a spokeswoman for Girl Scouts of Colorado, said it is not a “black-and-white policy.”
She added that the troop leader’s confusion may have arisen when Ms Archuleta kept referring to Bobby as a boy when trying to sign the child up.
“We have reached out to Bobby’s mother, but she has said that her child does not feel comfortable joining that troop. So we spoke to her about having Bobby join another troop, but she has not gotten back to us.”
The Girl Scouts policy has won praise from transgender groups.
“If some little kid wants to do little kid things at the Girl Scouts, then they should be allowed to,” said Mara Keisling, Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.
But others think the Girl Scouts should be more steadfast in its policies, letting boys be boys and girls be girls.
To cross that line “is child sexual abuse, the violation of children’s genetic reality aided by a society that is reverting back to the dark,” said Judith A. Reisman, visiting professor of law at Liberty University School of Law.
“If he has male parts, he is a male,” she said. ( Fox News 10/29/2011)
The Cookie Crumbles
In a 2000 National Review Online editorial titled “The Cookie Crumbles”, author Kathryn Jean Lopez cites the 1997 book “On My Honor: Lesbians Reflect on Their Scouting Experience.” She said it is “filled with coming-of-age stories sparked by gay encounters in the Girl Scouts.”
“On My Honor” includes an essay titled “All I Really Need to Know About Being a Lesbian I Learned at Girl Scout Camp.” Lopez reported that “staffers writing in the book claim that roughly one in three of the Girls Scouts’ paid professional staff is lesbian.”
Is the Girl Scouts a “Radicalized” Organization, with Communists, Feminists and Lesbians Cited as Role Models?
When many parents think of Girl Scouts, they imagine young girls in uniform selling Thin Mints and Tagalong cookies – not learning about stone labyrinths, world peace, global warming, yoga, avatars, smudging incense, Zen gardens and feminist, communist and lesbian role models.
But that’s exactly what many of 2.7 million Girl Scouts will learn about with a new curriculum called “Journeys” released last year.
Patti Garibay spent nearly two decades in Girl Scouts – six years as a girl member and 13 years as a volunteer. She was also a recruiter, camp coordinator and area delegate winning outstanding leader and volunteer in both councils in which she served. In Garibay’s words, she “bled green.”
But in 1993 when Girl Scouts USA decided to make God optional in its program at the national convention in Minneapolis, an idea known as “Proposal 3: Flexibility in Spiritual Wording,” Garibay chose to leave the organization.
“I had always used Girl Scouts as part of my life’s ministry, modeling my faith while serving girls,” she said. “However as this change became policy, mandates were made against Christmas caroling, praying at meetings and singing hymns. I had a true moral dilemma and felt that I could not uphold the GSUSA’s rules and remain a Christian never denying my Lord.”
In the Girl Scout curriculum, the organization’s promise now includes an asterisk with the following disclaimer:
“Girl Scouts of the USA makes no attempt to define or interpret the word “God” in the Girl Scout Promise. It looks to individual members to establish for themselves the nature of their spiritual beliefs. When making the Girl Scout Promise, individuals may substitute wording appropriate to their own spiritual beliefs for the word “God.”
Garibay said it appears that Girl Scouts has taken a stance toward religion – the religion of the New Age – despite its proclaimed secular scouting program. WND asked Girl Scouts USA spokeswoman Michelle Tompkins if the organization is shifting its focus toward a New Age agenda.
“No, Girl Scouts isn’t headed into a New Age direction,” she said. “We’re just looking for new ways to get through to girls.”
WND reviewed the following books in the Girl Scouts’ new “Journeys” curriculum:
Amaze: The Twists and Turns of Getting Along
When teens reach their junior and senior years in high school, they begin a Girl Scouts curriculum called “Your Voice Your World: The Power of Advocacy.” It encourages young women to begin “raising their voices as advocates” and follow the examples of other young people who are speaking out on causes such as global warming, universal health care, racism and child poverty.
One question asks, “What policies is our city putting in place to combat global warming?”
Teens are then asked to generate a list of causes they are passionate about. One example suggests girls “propose new environmental protection laws for waterways in your state.”
The text encourages Girl Scouts to take their ideas and list steps necessary to accomplish goals on advocacy charts. It provides the following suggestion for a cause:
I worry about all the waste in using plastic bags and how their use in my community contributes to global warming. One example is the supermarket – do we really need to be using all those plastic bags?
Girls are encouraged to read the bottom of each page to discover a “Voice for Good,” or female advocates who are meant to be role models. Of more than 50 women listed, only three are women who are known for their faith: Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman and Mother Teresa. Their religions are only briefly mentioned, if at all.
Many of the female role models mentioned are feminists, lesbians, existentialists, communists and Marxists. Examples include:
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn: labor leader, activist, feminist, founding member of ACLU and chairwoman of the American Communist Party
Luisa Moreno: labor leader, social activist, member of the Communist Party, married to delegate of the Socialist Party of America
Simone de Beauvoir: existentialist, French author of feminist books including “The Second Sex,” key player in France’s women’s liberation movement
Rigoberta Menchu: Guatemalan activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner who joined Marxist guerrilla movement
Emily Greene Balch: writer, feminist, recipient of Nobel Peace Prize, pacifist who campaigned against U.S. involvement in World War I, former editor of The Nation
Billie Jean King: retired tennis champion, sued for palimony by lesbian girlfriend while she was still married, first prominent professional athlete to come out as homosexual
Jeanette Rankin: first woman elected to the House of Representatives, R-Montana, pacifist who voted against U.S. entry into World War I and World War II, founding vice-president of American Civil Liberties Union and founding member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Carrie Chapman Catt: feminist politician, president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, founded the League of Women Voters, anti-war activist
Frances Perkins: teacher and U.S. secretary of labor from 1933 to 1945, first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet, helped write New Deal legislation including minimum-wage laws, allegedly had lesbian relationship with Mary Harriman Rumsey
Rachel Carson: marine biologist and nature writer, author of “Silent Spring” (1962), spurring a nationwide ban on DDT, inspiration from book led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, reported to have had lesbian relationship with Dorothy Freeman
Barbara Jordan: member of House of Representatives from 1973 to 1979, first black woman to deliver keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in 1976, supported Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 requiring banks to lend to poor and minority communities. The Houston Chronicle reported Jordan had lesbian partner of more than 20 years named Nancy Earl
Ethel Mary Smyth: English composer, lesbian, leader of the women’s suffrage movement, member of Women’s Social and Political Union
Martina Navratilova: former World No. 1 women’s tennis champion from Czechoslovakia who fled communism, came out openly as a lesbian and admitted to having crushes on other female tennis players, spoke before the National March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights, was 2000 recipient of National Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign
Shirley Chisholm: member of the House of Representatives from 1969 to 1983, feminist, first black woman elected to Congress, first major-party black candidate for president of the United States, founding member of the National Organization of Women, helped pass Title IX, homosexual advocate
Pauli Murray: feminist, lawyer, writer, poet, teacher, ordained priest, author of the 1950 book “States’ Laws on Race and Color,” founder of the Women’s Rights Law Reporter, co-founder of the National Organization for Women.
She continued, “I think the concept of change is incredibly radical, but it’s about making the world better and being conscious and respecting authority. There was a wide cross-section of women mentioned in the ‘Journeys’ that came about from the discussions.”
Readers will find very few men in the book, with the exception of a brief mention of Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations.
“Men are not seen favorably but, rather a force to diminish and avoid,” Garibay said. “It alarmed me that women of faith were only mentioned in these few cases despite their many contributions. Not one pro-life woman was mentioned, nor was a missionary or conservative public figure.”
Tompkins said she doesn’t know why there are only three women of faith mentioned, but she said, “Girl Scouts isn’t a religious organization, so that could be part of it.”
She continued, “I would imagine we keep everything open when it comes to faith. I know no doors are ever shut with us. It’s sort of like the way that God can never be taken out of the Girl Scout promise and law – in writing.”
“Your Voice Your World” finishes by encouraging teens who are bitten by the “advocacy bug” to pursue some of the following careers:
Ambassador, congressperson, artist, filmmaker, labor union organizer, fund raiser/grant writer, lawyer, lobbyist, mediator, professor, public affairs officer, researcher, religious leader, senator, web master, blogger, journalist…
Tompkins said a new “Journeys” book will be arriving this month called “It’s Your Planet, Love It.” She said the text has a strong environmental focus.
At the 51st Girl Scout National Council Session and Convention last year, the organization did away with its traditional flag ceremony and the playing of the National Anthem. Flags of all nations were brought in to the tune of “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire.
The Girl Scouts also made headlines in recent years after it refused to adopt what it called “a discrimination policy” against homosexual leaders.
According to news reports, Planned Parenthood has also had some involvement with Girl Scouts in recent years.
In Waco, Texas in 2004, a Girl Scout council cosponsored a sex education program with Planned Parenthood and honored PP Executive Director Pam Smallwood.
On NBC’s Today Show in 2004, Kathy Cloninger, CEO of Girls Scouts USA, admitted that it “partners with Planned Parenthood across the country to bring information based sex education programs to girls.”
In response to the interview, American Life League’s STOPP International surveyed 350 councils to ask if they had any involvement with Planned Parenthood. While 80 percent refused to answer, 17 councils reportedly admitted to associating with Planned Parenthood, and 49 said they don’t.
Garibay said Girl Scouts USA is not the same program most women remember.
“Originally scouting was about citizenship, service and life skills,” she said. “The founder, Juliette Lowe, wanted girls to do their duty to God and their country. She encouraged girls to activate, not meditate. Now the Girl Scouts want to move into self-discovery and lobbyist training.” (World Net Daily 5/17/2009)
Training Girl Scouts to be “Healthy, Happy, and Hot”?
Sharon Slater, a mother of seven, innocently walked into a panel sponsored by the Girl Scouts USA at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women a few weeks ago. Almost immediately she was asked to leave. All non-Scout adults were kicked out of the room, which was packed with adolescent girls.
Her curiosity piqued, Slater lingered by the door and when the panel ended she went immediately back inside to look around. What she found has shocked her and shocked Girl Scout moms around the country. Slater found a stack of brochures produced by Planned Parenthood called “Healthy, Happy and Hot” that among other things explained to the girls, “Some people have sex when they have been drinking or using drugs. That is your choice.”
But it gets worse. The sex guide explains, “Many people think sex is just about vaginal or anal intercourse. But there are lots of different ways to have sex and lots of different types of sex. Sex can include kissing, touching, licking, tickling, sucking and cuddling. Some people like to have aggressive sex, while others like to have soft sex and slow sex with their partners. There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself!” It tells girls to explore the prostate. Remember, this was distributed in a panel for adolescent girls.
Besides advice about the prostate, the brochure, subtitled “Rights, Sexuality and Living with HIV,” also gives incorrect and even dangerous information about rights and responsibilities. It tells the kids that, “sexual and reproductive rights are recognized around the world.” Sexual rights are hardly recognized around the world. They are not even recognized here in the sexual paradise of the United States. The brochure tells the kids that their rights are violated when governments require them to tell their HIV status to their sex partners.
The Girl Scouts USA have offered various statements to outraged Scout leaders. First they denied they ever passed out the brochure. Then they denied the brochure was ever in the room and that Slater must have fished it out of the trash. Then they said a previous group might have left the brochure. Other users of that conference room on that day were the NAACP for a panel on climate change, the UN for an orientation meeting, and a Dutch poverty group for a panel on counter-terrorism. It is unlikely, to say the least, that the panels on climate change and counterterrorism would distribute Planned Parenthood sex guides for adolescents.
At the same UN meeting, which ended last Friday, the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides produced a document saying young women “demand their sexual and reproductive rights including access to comprehensive sexuality education, and sexual and reproductive services including contraception and emergency contraception, in order to avoid unintended pregnancies” and also called for access to “safe abortion.”
While they have denied it was in their meeting, what the Girl Scout leadership has not done is distance themselves from the message of the brochure and from Planned Parenthood. But they would have a hard time doing that because they have a long time relationship with Planned Parenthood and have passed out brochures like this before.
At a Girl Scout conference in 2004, co-sponsored by Planned Parenthood, the Girl Scouts handed out a brochure to 700 grade-school girls with the title “It’s Perfectly Normal,” a guide that celebrated masturbation and that featured explicit drawings of couples having sex and a boy putting on a condom. It also listed, no surprise here, the top ten reasons for having an abortion.
The present day Girl Scouts are not your older sister’s Scouts, let alone your Moms. Not by a long shot. They seem to have joined up fully with the anything-goes-ethos of the left-wing sexual buccaneers and for it they are lauded at the UN. Compare that with the Boy Scouts who have remained true to their founding vision and to traditional values and for it they are banned from using public buildings.
Will this be the issue that gets the Girl Scouts back on track? Unlikely. Girl Scout leadership is very dug in on this. But, there is revolt brewing in Girl Scout Land. A group of Mothers in St. Louis intend to ask the St. Louis region to break with the national organization. There likely will be more.
Girl Scout cookies remain awfully tasty, but it seems the moral price to purchase them is getting higher and higher.
Austin Ruse is the President of the New York and Washington, D.C.-based Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), a research institute that focuses exclusively on international social policy. (A Washington Times editorial commentary 3/18/2010)
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I’ve had my nose stuck in this for four nights now in my spare time. It was a really deep well. A proper, thorough investigation would take one dedicated researcher weeks, but I threw quite a few hours at it and that’s about all I can do.
And I came away with a generally bad flavor. I didn’t like what I saw generally, and I think I really tried to be fair and open-minded. Needless to say I think Bob Morris’s claims have some valid merit.
This thing has really been ongoing for a while now, it’s nothing new. It’s just been effectively downplayed and generally swept under the rug by the powers that be and the corporate mainstream media.
I think the GSA really bears little resemblance to its origins in structure and format: it’s a global agency now, with a global agenda, linked into all of the other typical global players, chief among them the UN, and chiefly funded by globalist interests such as the Rockefeller Foundation.
A whole lot of the most grievous changes have taken place in the last decade or so (since 9/11), as the organization has effected a visible shift away from a nationalized, Christian/American tradition toward a more secular, humanist, feminist, multi-cultural, international, New Age character. Gone is the American flag, the Christmas carolling, the hymn singing — anything and everything that made it “our own”.
I explored labyrinthine twists and turns of the GSA’s official website just to see how deep the rabbit hole goes over there, and I came away with some basic insights:
1) It is a strictly feminist organization by its essential definition and overwhelming basic character — it’s all about women and girls. On the GSA website, men and boys simply do not exist. They have been effectively and completely ruled out of the equation. They say they’re over they are working to create a “Girltopia”, and I’d say they’re on the right track. There is not one image of or reference to one boy or man anywhere on that website, (and it is a big one) outside a passing reference to Lord Baden-Powell. No image, just a line or two, and my feeling was if they hadn’t have had to go there out of sheer necessity because he was directly responsible for the creation of the Girl Scouts to begin with, there would not be one reference to the masculine or the male on that website. Nothing. Not so much as a single male face young or old in any of the shots of larger group events. Nothing. It’s like a whole different planet where only females exist — “Girltopia”. If there is such a thing as a lesbian/feminist “breeding ground”, it would have to look a lot like this. In “Girltopia”, men and boys are safely “out of sight, out of mind” — it’s an artificial paradise created exclusively for women and girls.
2) And it seems many more women than we thought, in ratio to girls. According to their own fiqures, they have a total membership of around 3 million, and around a million or those or roughly one-third, are categorized as adults: volunteers and staff.
So that means for every two actual ‘Girl Scouts as we think of “Girl Scouts”, there is one adult factored into the equation there somehow, somewhere, in some way. Roughly 2 to 1. I think that’s a pretty high ratio.
Actually, I came away picturing the average Girl Scout as generally older that I had going in. Yes, there are still plenty of “little girls” to go around, but in reality we are talking a huge proportion of teens, twenty-somethings, and even older women who are counted among those numbers.
Through reliable information delivered to us from reliable sources (ie: Fox News , World Net Daily, USA Today ), we have discovered:
1) Bob Morris is far from alone in his beliefs and actions, other parents have in fact become concerned and have pulled their kids out. Not only that, but volunteer adult troop leaders have quit and shut their whole troops down over these very issues. This is a cold, hard fact.
2) Their is an ongoing affiliation, informal or otherwise, between Planned Parenthood and the Girl Scouts, and Bob Morris is right: they’re not claiming it, just doing it.
3) It is official organizational policy to allow boys who identify as females — or just claim to — complete and unfettered access to the girls and all supported activities, including any overnighters.
4) It is sexualizing girls by exposing them to sexually-related educational material which is often fairly graphic, detailed, and encouraging in nature, and which is not always appropriate for the age group exposed.
5) It is holding up communists, femenists, and lesbians as role models, although I have yet to determine anything like an accurate total percentage.