Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Indiana Rep. Bob Morris circulating ugly smear about Girl Scouts from Family Research Council / C-FAM

Photo via Towleroad
In a recently circulated letter to fellow constituents promoting a right-wing youth organization, American Heritage Girls, Indiana Rep. Bob Morris repeated a years-old, thoroughly debunked Family Research Council / C-FAM lie about Girl Scouts of America.
     Citing internet "research" including an article he found on WordNet Daily, a far right wingnut website, Rep. Bob Morris (R-Ft. Wayne) falsely accused the Girl Scouts of America of being pro-abortion and of indoctrinating their charges with sexually explicit literature, a lie which has been thoroughly discredited.  (Link below added by AKSARBENT.)
A Girl Scouts of America training program last year used the Planned Parenthood sex education pamphlet “Happy, Healthy, and Hot.” 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. Just have fun, explore and be yourself!” it states. Although individual Girl Scout troops are not forced to follow this curriculum, many do. Liberal progressive troop-leaders will indoctrinate the girls in their troop according to the principles of Planned Parenthood, making Bishop Conley’s warning true.

The accusation Morris cribbed from WorldNet Daily stated the Girl Scouts have banned prayer and Christmas Carols. Neither is true.

From Wikipedia:
The official Girl Scout policy does not ban or require prayer.
The Girl Scout organization does not endorse or promote any particular philosophy or religious belief. Our movement is secular and is founded on American democratic principles, one of which is freedom of religion. Although Girl Scouts has policies supporting religious diversity, there is no policy by Girl Scouts of the USA that prohibits or requires the saying or singing of a grace, blessing, or invocation before meals by Girl Scout members in a troop/group setting, in a resident or day camp, or at meetings, conferences, and other large events. The decision to say a grace, blessing, or invocation is made locally at the troop or group level, and should be sensitive to the spiritual beliefs of all participants.

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