Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies
The Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives has handed out Girl Scout Cookies in response to a recent controversy. Photo Credit: CarolSpears/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY

Indiana state representative Bob Morris has caused a controversy for decrying the Girl Scouts as promoting “feminist, lesbian” and “Communist” ideals. Indiana Speaker of the House Brian Bosma began handing out Girl Scout cookies during a legislative session in reaction.

Out of right field

A state representative in Indiana has caused a stir for inflammatory allegations concerning the Girl Scouts. Bob Morris, representative for Indiana’s District 84, wrote a letter to Republican colleagues explaining why he declined to sign a measure recognizing the centennial anniversary of the founding of the Girl Scouts, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In the letter, Morris tells Republicans in the state House of Representatives that he found, using “a small amount of web-based research,” that the Girl Scouts “promote a homosexual lifestyle,” and that only three people mentioned in the organizations’ history on its website weren’t “feminists, lesbians, or Communists,” according to his letter, published by the Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette.

He added that the organization has been “subverted in the name of liberal progressive politics and the destruction of traditional family values.”

The way the cookie crumbles

According to the Star Press, a Muncie, Ind., Gannett newspaper, House Speaker Brian Bosma, a fellow Republican, handed out Thin Mint cookies at the state capitol and during legislative sessions. He was also seen snacking on them throughout the day. He told colleagues that he had purchased 278 cases of Girl Scout cookies after the controversy began, and when asked about the controversy Morris initiated said that “I’ve been to the carnival before, and you don’t walk into every sideshow tent.”

He further asked that all former Girl Scouts in the House rise before adjourning the day’s session, which was almost every female member of the chamber.

The measure Morris declined to sign passed unanimously, though some weren’t present for voting.

First Lady included in allegations

Morris also alleged Honorary President of the Girl Scouts First Lady Michelle Obama has a “radical pro-abortion agenda,” though the title is conferred on every First Lady. He also alleges the Girl Scouts have ties to Planned Parenthood, according to ABC, though, the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood have both denied it.

Morris has pulled two of his daughters out of Girl Scouts and enrolled them in the American Heritage Girls, a girls’ scouting organization devoted to Christian values, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Girl Scouts of the United States of America, according to its website, takes no position on sexual issues or abortion. The group also doesn’t advocate any religion, simply that its members pursue the faith of their individual choice.

Sources

Los Angeles Times

Fort Wayne Press-Gazette

Star Press

ABC: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/02/no-do-si-dos-here-indiana-republican-rips-girl-scouts/

Girl Scouts of the United States of America: http://www.girlscouts.org/gs_central/mpmf/faqs.asp

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