A major Roman Catholic organization on Thursday called for a boycott of Thin Mints, Shortbread, Peanut Butter Sandwich and other Girl Scout cookies, seeking to undercut funding for the pro-abortion agenda of the historic girls’ organization.
“The Girl Scouts was once a trusted organization dedicated to character building in young girls and women. Now, GSUSA is abusing that trust,” said Judie Brown, president of American Life League, the nation’s oldest Catholic pro-life education and advocacy group.
“Most parents and grandparents remain painfully unaware the GSUSA has introduced so-called ‘family planning’ ideology in its curriculum and promotes groups like Planned Parenthood to our daughters and granddaughters,” she said.
WND has documented the links between the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood, the giant in the nation’s abortion industry.
It was on NBC in 2004 when Kathy Cloning, CEO of the Girl Scouts, admitted the group “partners with Planned Parenthood across the country to bring information based sex education programs to girls.”
The STOPP program run by American Life League, which monitors Planned Parenthood, earlier surveyed 350 councils to ask if they had any involvement with the abortion provider. Eighty percent refused to answer, 17 councils said they did and 49 said they don’t.
WND also has reported that Girl Scouts is part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, which advocates for “affordable, accessible, safe abortion.” GSUSA directly participated in a United Nations workshop in 2011 in which the Planned Parenthood sex education pamphlet “Happy, Healthy, and Hot” was distributed.
The pamphlet instructs young girls not to think of sex as “just about vaginal or anal intercourse.”
“There is no right or wrong way to have sex,” it said. “Just have fun, explore, and be yourself!”
The Catholic group ALL said it “hopes that the cookie boycott will raise awareness with parents and grandparents that Girl Scouts is no longer the organization they grew up with and once trusted.”
“There are more wholesome ways to spend the cookie money,” the group’s statement said.
ALL Executive Director Paul Rondeau told WND that while Girl Scouts officials say the cookies support local troop activities, they actually raise millions for the national organization through licensing fees and other means.
He said its important to start informing family and friends who are inclined to purchase the cookies that “at the end of the day, Girl Scout cookies are supporting this agenda.”
“It’s not enough to not buy the cookies,” he said. “Somebody has to know, up the line, why you’re not buying the cookies.”
Others are joining in the boycott.
Penny Nance, president Concerned Women for America, said her group encourages women to “shop their values.”
“The Girl Scouts of America went off track years ago and I turned in my sash in response,” she said. “Their alliance with Planned Parenthood and the left is not new. Of course we have members who are leaders and choose to try to make the organization better from the inside and we support them in that endeavor. However, I specially chose to not allow my daughter to join. We encourage families of faith to consider alternatives like Heritage Girls and others.”
Nance said the Girl Scouts “for a long time have been promoting an agenda that is contrary to their founding principles as well as what is best of girls’ well-being.”
Concerned Women for America’s Janice Shaw Crouse said Girl Scout policy on sexual morality, “which focuses on self-discovery and protection rather than sexual abstinence, is a major problem when STDs are rampant among 15-25-year-olds and teen pregnancy while not increasing remains too high.”
“The Girl Scouts formerly embraced the Judeo-Christian values that Americans once grew up with – love of God, love of country, treating others fairly and living wholesome lives. Now, Girl Scouts are more focused on indoctrinating girls on the so-called women’s rights agenda,” she said.
John Pisciotta, director of Pro-Life Waco, who is spearheading the boycott effort,” said he’s “offended that the Girl Scouts honor pro-abortion activists like Wendy Davis and Kathleen Sebelius and hold them up as leaders to be emulated by our young women and girls.”
Davis, a Texas state lawmaker, filibustered new health regulations in her state last year because they would disallow abortions on unborn babies after 20 weeks. The regulations also would require abortionists to be able to admit patients who have serious complications to hospitals.
Rondeau said Sebelius, HHS secretary and former governor of Kansas, “is so extreme in promoting abortion that her own bishop of the Catholic church took the extraordinary measure of banning her from receiving the church’s highest sacrament, Holy Communion.”
He recalled the “Negro Project” by Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, which promoted contraception and abortion as a way to better the lot of blacks.
“Today, we have what some might call Planned Parenthood’s ‘Girl Scout Project.’ From local councils to senior leadership, GSUSA is becoming heavily involved in promoting what Judie Brown, president of American Life League, calls the contraceptive mentality – sex without conscience or consequence.”
WND has reported on a variety of activities on the part of Girl Scouts that conservatives and religious believers might find objectionable, including when the organization was found touting a pro-abortion politician.
They also have incorporated stone labyrinths, global warming, yoga, avatars, smudging incense, Zen gardens and lesbian role models into their teachings.
In a lesson called “Amaze: The Twists and Turns of Getting Along,” girls were taught that they should read Buddha and explore mazes and stone or dirt labyrinths – symbols rooted in pagan mythology and popular within the New Age movement as meditation tools.
They also were introduced to Polish poet Anna Swir, known for her feminist and erotic poems, and Jane Addams, an ardent feminist and pacifist.
WND also has reported on numerous “whistleblower” forums that strive to expose the truth behind the Girl Scouts agenda.
One website documenting the perversion to which Girl Scouts are exposed, SpeakNowGirlScouts.com, says: “This is not your mother’s Girl Scouts any longer.”