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Indiana lawmaker says “radical” Girl Scouts promote gay sex and abortion

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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?