A cookie boycott backfires when a Pro-Life activist group wages war on the local Girl Scouts in Crawford Texas. (Yes, the town with the POTUS’ ranch)
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.
Maggie says that “Where Girls Grow Strong” is a motto of the organization. Apparently some parents had a problem with the girls growing smart.
Really, I have no problem with parents deciding that their daughters shouldn’t be in the scouts. But I think the cookie boycott that this bozo tried to organize is positively villainous.
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.
Note that the troops do not send the girls to this conference. In fact, the conference has no substantial connection to the GSA. The conference is attended by children whose parents approve of them attending. So, what these people are, in fact, protesting is that some parents approve of educating their kids about their bodies. Ignorance of your body is an effective tool for growing as a person. Witness:
Some Girl Scout mothers called it soft-core porn.
“It embarrassed me to look at it with my husband,” said parent Shannon Donaldson.
Peter Griffin: I’m looking for some toilet training books.
Salesman: We have the popular Everybody Poops, or the less popular Nobody Poops But You.
Peter Griffin: Well, you see, we’re catholic…
Salesman: Ah, then you’ll want You’re A Naughty, Naughty Boy, And That’s Concentrated Evil Coming Out The Back of You.
(Note, I have no idea whether the folks in the story are Catholic, but the quote is a classic.)Posted by James at March 6, 2004 12:44 AM