An organization with millions of supporters that focuses on family and biblical values has joined the boycott of Girl Scout cookies.
In a statement on its website, the American Family Association said, “It’s hard to say no to those little girls in the green and brown sashes, but buying Girl Scout cookies serves only to further facilitate a very liberal pro-abortion agenda.”
“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 ALL. “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.”
The American Family Association, with its several million constituents, said that as Girl Scouts USA begins its annual cookie sale, it is asking people “to consider what the organization supports with all that dough.”
AFA has built a reputation for mobilizing constituents to act on its boycotts, and has special divisions called OneMillionMoms.com and others that specifically work to influence corporate America.
It cited a recent report by Christy Volanski for LifeNews.com.
Volanski’s daughters, Sydney and Tess, who are former Girl Scouts, created the website Speak Now Girl Scouts, which documents the links between the scouting group and Planned Parenthood, the biggest abortion provider in the nation.
She wrote that while Girl Scouts assures concerned members that the national organization has no partnership with Planned Parenthood, it “omits the fact that it allows every local Girl Scout council – the arm of Girl Scouts that actually connects with girl members in their local communities – to work with Planned Parenthood.”
She cited a statement from Girl Scouts spokeswoman Michelle Tompkins affirming that the local connections are possible.
Volanski explained that Girl Scouts of Northern California “refers ‘at risk’ girls to Planned Parenthood for help with family planning,” that “Girl Scouts of San Diego featured a Planned Parenthood ‘Community Engagement Manager’ as a speaker” and that “Girl Scouts of Western New York works with Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups in programs aimed at tween/teen girls to reduce teen pregnancy.”
Also, she explains, the group is part of several organizations, including the coalition for Adolescent Girls and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, which advocate for abortion.
Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger also is cited as an “eloquent woman” to young girls, she wrote.
“As Christy clearly outlines in her article, ‘GSUSA will try to assure you that all the proceeds from cookie sales stay local to benefit girls in their community.’ What they fail to mention is that GSUSA makes millions of dollars each year through licensing fees paid by the baker. It’s money like that that goes to promote the Girl Scout’s partnership with Planned Parenthood,” AFA said.
“When they knock on your door, just say, ‘No, thank you.’ No explanation is needed,” AFA wrote.
ALL leaders suggested one step further.
Executive Director Paul Rondeau told WND it’s 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.”
WND has documented the links between the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”