There is an insignificant little man in the Indiana state legislature who must be harboring dreams of becoming President. Representative Bob Morris, a Republican (of course), has refused to vote on a resolution honoring the 100th anniversary of America's Girl Scouts because he has determined that they are a "tactical arm of Planned Parenthood" and encourage "homosexual lifestyles." Egads! He has formed this startling conclusion by talking so some "well-informed" constituents and doing "a small amount of research on the Internet."
Yes siree, boob! Old Bob sounds like one heavy-duty Hoosier intellectual! Here's betting he doesn't believe in global warming or Obama's birth certificate either. Why, the urge for Rick Santorum to put him on the national ticket must be well nigh irresistible!
Unfortunately for the Girl Scouts, a very fine organization that does much to turn today's girls into tomorrow's leaders, Old Bob is not alone in his delusions. Earlier this month the St. Tiimothy Roman Catholic parish in Chantilly, Virginia, shut 12 troops (115 girls) out of its facilities - and Saint Rita Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia, is reportedly getting ready to throw their local Girl Scouts out also.
Here is the logic employed by St. Timothy for expelling the youngsters: the U.S. Girl Scouts are associated with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts - which has members in 145 countries - and reportedly supports access to contraception (egads, again!) and is often accused of backing abortion and being affiliated with Planned Parenthood.
The U.S. Girl Scouts contend that their organization has no stance on birth control or abortion, and that it has no relationship with Planned Parenthood. They also state uniquivocally that no proceeds from cookie sales go to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. But those are just facts - and bonehead teabaggers and the Holy Church of Rome do not appreciate being confronted with facts.
I read a clever tweet recently which said that the Catholic Church would have no problem supporting contraception if altar boys could get pregnant! Perhaps the Church should work at cleaning its own house instead of terrorizing and stigmatizing little girls.