Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Evil Girl Scouts

According to NPR, Indiana Representative Bob Morris has claimed that the Girl Scouts are an anti-family values organization. He claims they are in league with Planned Parenthood. His claims, based on internet research, fly in the face of both Planned Parenthood's and the Girl Scout's denials.

My Gut Reaction: Is Rep. Morris's next bout of internet research going to claim that the Twin Towers were brought down by the Illuminati.

Analysis: This story is an example of how extreme some fundamentalist Christians are. In the face of clear denials from both organizations, Rep. Morris draws on some far right website to argue that the Girl Scouts have become a "corrupt" feminist organization. This kind of bizarre suspicion and conspiracy mongering is downright disturbing, as it suggests the type of intolerant paranoia that spawned the Inquisition.

For the record, it is worth noting that the Girl Scouts officially steer clear of issues related to human sexuality. To quote NPR's report from the Girl Scouts' website: On the specific issue of sexuality, it states that both the national Girl Scouts and the state chapter "believe that issues related to human sexuality and reproductive health are best left to parents or guardians to discuss with their daughters."

No comments: