To honor the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, the Indiana State House recently drafted a resolution, which was approved last week, to celebrate that fine organization. All were happy to lend their John Hancocks to the document, save for one lone dissenter. That would be Republican Rep. Bob Morris, who, in an open letter to his colleagues, expressed his belief that the Girl Scouts have evolved into a "radicalized organization."

Morris, after doing some "web-based research," found to his dismay that the organization known for its role in fattening up suburbia actually promotes a "homosexual lifestyle," is friendly to transgendered people, and has an unsavory liaison with Planned Parenthood. He also says in his penultimate paragraph that "the fact that the Honorary President of Girl Scouts of America is Michelle Obama should give each of us reason to pause before our individual or collective endorsement of the organization."

Morris did admit that his two daughters had enjoyed positive experiences with the Scouts (and the fact that their troop leaders were apparently pro-life didn't hurt), but after doing his web research, he said he would enroll his girls in the more Christian American Heritage Girls Little Flowers organization, where they can "learn about values and principles that will not confuse their conservative Hoosier upbringing."

Morris can be a party pooper if he wants, says Ashley Sharp, spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana: "It really hasn't affected us. Our membership is still strong and our cookie sales are up from last year." (Samoa and Thin Mint fans aren't generally thinking sexual politics when they fork over the guilt money.)

The organization will survive this little fiasco, because neither Pat Robertson nor Rick Santorum nor anyone who has it in for the Girl Scouts will prevail in bringing down the cherished, century-old institution. This is because the power of sugar always wins in the end. And hasn't Michelle Obama been scapegoated enough?

Commentarium (3 Comments)

Feb 21 12 - 4:37pm
Gav

Really? The fact that someone so unsavoury as the First Lady is enough to give one pause?

I'd assume I was being trolled if it weren't for how insane political debate is getting in the US.

Feb 21 12 - 8:20pm
JWow's tits

You really have to give the GOP credit. They don't want their barefoot and pregnant agenda to come as a complete shock to women once they assume total power. Making sure girls learn that anything not approved of by religious extremists will be banned eventually will make the transition easier for them in the long run. Too bad the Islamic Taliban was not as far sighted--all those years beating educated women into household drudgery could have been spent building mosques and burning libraries. Santorum, this guy and the rest of the party are ensuring the mid 21st century will be a peaceful Christian wonderland where all women will know their place and tax dollars won't be wasted on educating them or sending them to evil doctors. The long con is always a winner.

Feb 22 12 - 11:02am
Kel

Actually, it's the Boy Scouts that turned into a "radical organization". They've gone far right-wing and won't admit gays or atheists. Maybe it's time to classify the entire Republican Party as a hate group.