The 2014 Cookie-Cott is under way. Cookie-Cott is an emergent national effort to boycott the yearly Girl Scout USA cookie drive which was established long ago to enhance the annual budget for the national council of Girl Scouts. The cookie boycott is a reaction to the organization's ties to Planned Parenthood and other pro-abort organizations. The Girl Scout organization maintains that it takes no position on the issue of abortion. A growing body of evidence suggests otherwise.
At some point in the next few weeks, you will likely find yourself in the position of deciding…to cookie or not to cookie. And I know, Thin Mints? Yumm-o. Truth is, it's a hard to "just say no" to this long standing American tradition – especially because the "no" is to the little neighbor girl who lives down the street and not to any number of radical feminists who help to drive this fund raising extravaganza.
Per the pro-life advocate Lila Rose:
One of the ways Planned Parenthood has become so successful is by infiltrating and corrupting organizations that should be sanctuaries for women and young girls. We see this with the Komen Foundation, with our public education system, and, glaringly, with the Girl Scouts (GSUSA).
GSUSA's intimate association with Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion corporation, is well-documented. But a billion-dollar enterprise glorifying sexual promiscuity, peddling hormone-altering drugs as panacea, and lobbying for physically and psychologically destructive abortion through all nine months of pregnancy has no interest whatsoever in girls' well-being.
Really, though. Can anyone tell me what's up with the growing effort on the part of women's groups to inspire girls and young women to the stolid victimhood of biology? And why is it that the promises of equality of opportunity invariably to give way to shrill, fist thumping debates over infanticide, morning after pills and angry diatribes about injustice and glass ceilings? Is that really the sum total of what it means to be equal?
It would seem that GSUSA at a leadership level has lost touch with what Middle America wants from a scouting organization, and they have completely veered from the mission statement set forth by Girl Scout founder Juliette Low. Ms. Low was certainly a feminist but she in no way encouraged the long, drawn-out suffering of radical martyrs who need hormone supplements to suppress their biology or a legal system to standardize the deification of feminist hegemony.
This is an excerpt from the original handbook of 1917 entitled How Girls Can Help Their Country as adapted by Ms. Low from Agnes and Robert Baden-Powell's original source. This is what it once meant to be a Girl Scout of America:
A Girl Scout's honor is to be trusted. A Girl Scout is loyal to her President, to her country, to her officers, to her family and to her employers. In the face of the greatest calamities, her loyalty must remain untarnished. A Girl Scout's duty is to be useful and to help others. She is to do her duty before anything else – even if she must give up her own pleasure. When in doubt, "She must think, 'Which is my duty?' which means, 'Which is the best for other people?' and then she should do that at once. She must be prepared to save a life or help the injured." A Girl Scout is a friend to all, and a sister to every other Girl Scout. A Girl Scout is courteous. A Girl Scout keeps herself pure in thought, word and in deed. A Girl Scout is a friend to animals. A Girl Scout obeys orders. Under all circumstances, when she gets an order she must obey it cheerfully. A Girl Scout is cheerful under all circumstances. Scouts never grumble, whine or frown. A Girl Scout is thrifty. This means that a Girl Scout avoids all useless waste of every kind. The Girl Scout's time is spent in useful occupations or in wholesome recreation, and she must try to balance these two harmoniously.
That's quite a contrast from what scouting has become in 2014. Girl Scouts USA has squandered its legacy of guiding young women to a meaningful adulthood by handing itself over to the perpetual anger of feminist victimhood, the slavery of promiscuity and the perils associated with modern family planning. They have allowed their own partisan political leanings to filter into their handbooks and websites in an effort to adjust the values of young women – frequently this occurs in diametric opposition to the value systems of the parents who may not actually take the time to read the handbook or website before their daughters do.
See Megyn Kelly video which frankly doesn't do enough to explain the evolving situation but at least gives viewers a glimpse of the whole story:
An activist group by the name of MyGirlScoutCouncil.com acts as a watchdog for the growing radicalism that can be found at the GSUSA leadership level. They have been building a database that documents the endorsement of pro-abortion women as leaders to emulate. Quoting from MyGirlScoutCouncil.com:
GSUSA and the majority of local councils promote MAKERS: Women Who Make America, an online documentary exploring issues women have been involved in over the last 40 years, with an emphasis on sexual and reproductive rights, featuring endorsements of sexual/abortion rights by Sister Theresa Kane, pro-choice nun who confronted the Pope; Sarah Weddington, Roe v. Wade attorney; Faye Wattleton, Planned Parenthood of America; Ruth Westheimer, sex therapist; Amy Richards, whose "Selective Reduction" MAKERS story details aborting two of her three triplets. Link
Girl Scout of Greater Chicago Northwest Indiana and Girl Scouts of Maine share "an inspiring talk" by the teen founder of RookieMag.com, and provide a live link for Girl Scouts ages 11 and up to the "website for teenage girls." RookieMag.com contains extensive and explicit sexual content, promotes abortion rights, and includes multiple articles that specifically ridicule or dismiss Catholic teachings/beliefs. Link
Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains honors Senator Wendy Davis through the Girl Scouts' Ft. Worth Women of Distinction program, which claims to recognize "purpose driven leaders".
Girl Scouts USA, Girl Scouts Northern Indiana-Michiana, and Girl Scouts Northern Central Alabama promoted a list of 7 inspiring women of 2013, a list that includes HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for her "ferocious defense of President Obama's signature legislative achievement."
Girl Scouts of Greater New York honors Christine Quinn with their Women of Distinction award, given to women who "serve as role models of ethical leadership for the girls [they] serve". Quinn is a Catholic New York politician who favors unlimited access to abortion at all stages of pregnancy and an outspoken supporter of Planned Parenthood. She recently expressed her desire to make the morning after pill available to middle-schoolers. [Please see Quinn's op-ed piece in the New York Times entitled In Defense of Planned Parenthood.]
Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast includes Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger in a list of "women who has made a significant impact in her profession or on society" for girls to research in the Women in History patch for girls ages 5 and up. Link
Girl Scouts of Heart of the Hudson honors New York Democrat Congresswoman Nita Lowey with a "Women of Excellence and Leadership" award for "outstanding excellence in presenting themselves as role models for young girls." Hudson was honored with the first annual "International Family Planning Hero" award by Planned Parenthood Federation and United Nations Foundation for successfully restored U.S. funding to UNFPA, a radical pro-abortion international organization.
Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trail, Girl Scouts of San Diego and Girl Scouts of Central California promote to girls of all ages the Dolores Huerta Patch program. Huerta accepted Planned Parenthood's highest honor, the Margaret Sanger award and helped defeat California parental notification requirements for minors' abortions.
The list goes on from there. This is but a small sampling of the documentation that MyGirlScoutCouncil.com provides on its website for parents to access. Check the site for an eye opening experience. They take screen shots of various websites that GSUSA has linked to so that if GSUSA scrubs its site, the evidence can still be accessed. Really mind-blowing stuff.
Of course, a growing number of religious organizations are ending their charters with the Girl Scouts USA because, in spite of denials from the National Girl Scout organization, there are ties to Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and NOW at the leadership level.
It's heartbreaking, I know. You want your daughters to have the same scouting experience that you had as a child and you may not know what to do to provide them that opportunity. There are actually a couple of excellent alternative organizations that are worthy of consideration. There is the Venturing Club which is run by the Boy Scouts of America and also the American Heritage Girls which acts as a Christian alternative to the Girl Scouts of America. Both groups are similar to the Boy Scouts of America as was the original intent of "Girl Scouts of America" founder Juliette Low of the early 1900s.
If you are interested in learning more about Cookie-Cott 2014, you can check out this link to the We Support the Pro-Life Girl Scout Cookie Boycottfor more information.