Indiana state Rep. Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne) is capturing headlines after calling the Girl Scouts a "radicalized organization" that "sexualizes" young girls and promotes homosexuality. In addition to pledging to pull his young daughters out of the Girl Scouts, he is refusing to support a resolution that would herald the organization's 100th anniversary. He outlined his concerns in a letter written to his fellow Republican lawmakers.
"In a letter obtained by The Journal-Gazette of Fort Wayne on Monday, Rep. Bob Morris of Fort Wayne said he did some research on the Internet and found allegations that the Girl Scouts are a tactical arm of Planned Parenthood, allow transgender females to join and encourage sex," the Associated Press reports. In his letter, dated Feb. 18, Morris wrote (read the full letter here):
...abundant evidence proves that the agenda of Planned Parenthood includes sexualizing young girls through the Girl Scouts, which is quickly becoming a tactical arm of Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood instructional series and pamphlets are part of the core curriculum at GSA training seminars. Denver Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley of Denver last year warned parents that “membership in the Girl Scouts could carry the danger of making their daughters more receptive to the pro-abortion agenda.” [...]
I have two daughters who have been active in the Girl Scouts of Limberlost Council in Northeastern Indiana. Now that I am aware of the influence of Planned Parenthood within GSA and other surprisingly radical policies of GSA, my two daughters will instead become active in American Heritage Girls Little Flowers organization. In this traditional group they will learn about values and principles that will not confuse their conservative Hoosier upbringing.
In the past, The Blaze has covered some of the liberal bias allegations against the Girl Scouts. In December, we highlighted the fact that one of the group's workbooks had trumpeted Media Matters as a source to debunk media misinformation. And in January, we highlighted a proposed cookie boycott being led by a California Girl Scout. The Huffington Post has more regarding the controversy surrounding the organization:
The Girl Scouts have been criticized by conservatives after allowing a 7-year-old transgender child into a Colorado troop in the fall. Ashley Sharp, assistant director of marketing for the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana, told the Indiana News Center that there are several websites dedicated to "exposing" the organization. “Misinformation is passing as fact,” Diane Tipton, president of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, told the Washington Post in January. “The Girl Scout organization does not take a position on abortion or birth control, and these topics are not part of the Girl Scout program or our materials. We believe these matters are best discussed by girls with their families.”
In response to the Indiana representative's claims, the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana Michiana put together a response document (PDF) that attempts to debunk the "attacks" the organization has received.