Last year, I was invited to the Statehouse to speak with the Lieutenant Governor during a very quiet legislative session. This year, it appears that the Statehouse has taken a note from the Superbowl planning committee and has done everything but install a zipline to provide entertainment for Indiana citizens, as well as national audiences.
Mostly, I shake my head. But last week, my mama bear, along with the mama bear of most women in the state, came out. Perhaps you’ve heard that State Rep. Bob Morris made some remarks toward the 100-year-old organization that has touched the lives of millions of women. If you haven’t, the gist of the matter is that State Rep. Morris called the Girl Scouts a radical organization that supports abortion and promotes homosexuality.
The rest of the State Reps didn’t bite – every single one of them instead signed a proclamation honoring the Girl Scouts on their 100th Anniversary. Speaker of the House, Brian Bosma, went a step further and made Girl Scout cookies the snack du jour by purchasing more than 250 cases of cookies and passing them out at the Statehouse.
It appears that most of the public shook its head, but there were a few comments on the news websites backing up Rep. Morris’ claims. Even though the Indianapolis Star reported that spokespeople for Planned Parenthood and the Girl Scouts have denied any association with each other, there are still some dissenters claiming a connection. Clearly, they haven’t read Susan’s takedown. Snopes.com does a good job of summarizing the accusations and collecting sources on the topic.
My daughter is a scout, and while there is nothing controversial happening at her first grade Daisy Scout meeting, I thought maybe I was missing something. Maybe there was an ulterior motive in her trip to the rock climbing wall or the fire station. I wasn’t sure how the lap blankets they made with residents of an assisted living center could be offensive, but who knows. My husband reported back from the Father/Daughter dance that the only agenda that night was fun, but the DJ did play Lady Gaga (“Paparazzi,” in case you’re wondering).
I decided to go to the source, the Girl Scout USA website, to see what I could see. I have only read the new Daisy materials, not any of the materials for older girls, but I thought that a good place to see what their national mission is all about would be their Advocacy page.
I mean, if they’re promoting a radical pro-abortion, homosexual agenda, then they should be lobbying for those causes, right?
What I found, instead, was an agenda aimed promoting the well-being of children. The sections of their agenda include: Promoting Girls’ Physical, Social and Emotional Health, Promoting Educational Opportunities for Girls, Reaching Underserved Girls, and Supporting a Thriving Non-Profit Community.
Sounds pretty radical, doesn’t it? Here’s a PDF document that explains what they’re supporting for this legislative session.
It may not be radical, but it is important. So I am asking you, fellow Persephoneers, to support the Girl Scouts in their mission by signing up at www.girlscouts4girls.org. This website will keep you informed of the issues and provides an easy way to communicate with your lawmakers on these issues. It’s easy, and it has the potential to positively affect the lives of generations of girls.