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Indiana Lawmaker: Girl Scouts Promote Homosexuality, Communism

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Posted on Feb 22, 2012
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And precisely what do they mean by “Tagalongs?”

Oh, what “a small amount of Web-based research” can do. Indiana state Rep. Bob Morris hopped online recently to read up on an organization he was concerned about, one that imperiled his conservative family and threatened to turn his daughters into pro-abortion communist homosexuals. Yes, we’re talking about the Girl Scouts. Peddling those Thin Mints is just a sinister cover.  —KA

Los Angeles Times:

The Republican state representative is being roundly ridiculed for his position, even within his own party. But Morris isn’t backing down.

“My family and I took a view and we’re sticking by it,” Morris told the Associated Press this week, adding that his daughters are now members of a group for conservative Christian girls. “My girls are no longer Girl Scouts. They’re now going to join American Heritage Girls.”

Morris said he made his discoveries after talking to some knowledgeable constituents and conducting “a small amount of Web-based research.” He said the discussion and research led to his conclusions that the Girl Scouts encourage sexual activity, are a front for Planned Parenthood, and that scouts are encouraged to look up to role models who endorse feminist, lesbian and Communist agendas.

He also noted a Colorado troop’s decision to allow a transgendered boy to join, adding that the fact that First Lady Michelle Obama is honorary president of the Girl Scouts of America “should give each of us reason to pause before our individual and collective endorsement of the organization.”

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By Anarcissie, February 23, 2012 at 10:42 am Link to this comment

‘Indiana Lawmaker: Girl Scouts Promote Homosexuality, Communism’

Where can I join the party?

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By mrfreeze, February 23, 2012 at 8:21 am Link to this comment

Blueokie - “American Heritage Girls does sound like a fun organization, they probably have all the good merit badges: homemaking, fertility chants, snake-handler burqas, and advanced subservience.  You have to admit, its a lot easier to rule the world (or think you do) when you can be dismissive of half of humanity.”

HA! Your description applies to a huge number of religious organizations. They don’t even need to build an “organization for girls.” They fundamentally treat females like this out-of-habit.

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By DonSchneider, February 23, 2012 at 7:12 am Link to this comment

Indiana and the history of the KKK in America ! Oh yes and still one of the anchor
areas for racial and religious intolerance ! Why is anyone surprised ?

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By Blueokie, February 22, 2012 at 9:32 pm Link to this comment

As someone who lives in the “heartland” this sounds all too familiar.  I think the motto for a large swath of “flyover country” should be; “The more I beleives, the less I have to worry ‘bout knowin’”.  Remember the number one hobby in these parts is unsubstantiated fear.  Ignorance is so easy and comfortably blissful.

American Heritage Girls does sound like a fun organization, they probably have all the good merit badges: homemaking, fertility chants, snake-handler burqas, and advanced subservience.  You have to admit, its a lot easier to rule the world (or think you do) when you can be dismissive of half of humanity.

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By gerard, February 22, 2012 at 8:31 pm Link to this comment

sand 11:  I realize my remarks on Indiana are offensive generalities—like most generalities—and not amusing to someone whose feelings are offended.  (I have a lot to learn about how to use humor without offending.) I am by nature sarcastic with a cartoonist’s attitude most of the time.  I got it from my Dad who taught evolution in a big city high school at a time when ignorant, intolerant people who never read books were trying to dictate what should and should not be taught to young people.  Sound familiar?  I’m now 98 years old, which means that for at least 150 years we have been trying to convince a majority of Americans that ignorance is more dangerous than science. Time for a little relatively harmless sarcasm, don’t you think?

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By sand11, February 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm Link to this comment

People like this self-righteous man explain how a climate of hatred against anyone who is not exactly like him can permeate what was once a free, democratic country.  I’m embarrassed for America.

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By Big B, February 22, 2012 at 6:39 pm Link to this comment

Note to self: buy more cookies this year!

While the american south is considered the land that time forgot, I need to clue americans in on a little known fact, in all my travels over the years, many of the states of the mid-west are filled with some of the most ignorant fundamentalist pin-heads you will ever come across. Indiana in particular seems to be stuck in 1949 (hell, maybe 1849). Some of americas worst slums can be found in and around Indianapolis.

Hoosiers need to stop humping their bibles and sucking on their flags, and enjoy some delicious girl scout cookies.

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By gerard, February 22, 2012 at 3:53 pm Link to this comment

If yer gonna git rid of pig-headed Hoosier bias,yer gonna haf t’do more than hand out Thin Mints.
  Having spent my teen years in Indiana, I speak from experience, and only want to add that it was a shear stroke of good luck that Frank Baum and Kurt Vonnegut were both Indiana natives. Saved the state from utter ignominy—that and high school basketball.

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By mrfreeze, February 22, 2012 at 3:31 pm Link to this comment

When Boy Scouts of America won their battle against “gay leaders” back in the 1990’s I sent back my Eagle Scout regalia, my Order of the Arrow Sash and included a letter to the Board of the BSA telling them how ridiculous the policy was. I received a response wrapped in a metaphorical bouquet reeking of condescension that, to this day, leaves me cold.

The GSA have had the good sense to stand their ground on homosexuality. They certainly have more cajones than the jerks at the BSA.

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By allen, February 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm Link to this comment
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“He said the discussion and research led to his conclusions that the Girl Scouts encourage sexual activity, are a front for Planned Parenthood, and that scouts are encouraged to look up to role models who endorse feminist, lesbian and Communist agendas.”

Representative Morris should make his findings public immediately—-ideally with citations from literature and an identification of the people with whom he spoke—so that other American mothers and fathers can decide whether they wish to withdraw their daughters from the organization or else to prohibit them from ever joining.

After all, Mr. Morris has the best interests of his fellow Hoosiers and of other American citizens in mind, right?

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By IanNJ, February 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm Link to this comment

Gee what a surprise that this nut is a conservative
Christian Republican.  What is it with these loonies
seeing a homo, commie, or feminist in every shadow?? 
(yes, I can say “homo” cause I am one… although not
the kind that lurks in those conservative Christian
shadows…) Uggh… I’m so sick of the GOP and fringe
right nutwings in this country.

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By SarcastiCanuck, February 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment
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Republicans are villifying the Girl Scouts now?Jeeze,I have no punch line for that one.Is there no end to this religious nonsense?How do these people get elected?What idiots vote for these people?.....Or is it that they have a black woman for honorary president,Bob?

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By John Sullivan, February 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment
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HEY, LIBERAL MEDIA! EASE UP ON THE GUY! HE’S FROM INDIANA! THEY JUST GOT INTERNET ACCESS FOR THE FIRST TIME LAST WEEK!
Seriously I remember the time that troop of Brownies strong-armed me into buying one of their high-calorie chocolate bars, and when I asked them what they were going to do with the money, I can still recall with a shiver those little girl voices laughing and saying, “We’re gonna abort some babies!” Some nights I still wake up in cold sweats…

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By EmileZ, February 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment

It’s a big bad world out there.

Had I a daughter or two, I would probably be mortified if they expressed the desire to become Girl Scouts. The same of course would apply to any masculine child I might father with regards to the Boy Scouts of America.

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