Pod people: Girl Scouts and gossip

Girl Scouts and gossip.

Just so that title doesn’t confuse anyone, let me make clear that we’re talking about two different stories.

On this week’s Crossroads, I mean.

On the weekly GetReligion podcast, host Todd Wilken and I discuss my recent posts on media coverage of (1) Girl Scouts and the culture wars and (2) the possible excommunication of a Memphis, Tenn., church member for gossiping (among other alleged sins).

Since my post on the Girl Scouts, the Indiana lawmaker who raised a stink over the “radical organization” has apologized for the tone of his accusations but not backed down from his basic complaints. From the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Ind.:

FORT WAYNE – Days after his opposition to a resolution honoring the Girl Scouts went viral, Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne, apologized for his remarks but stood by his decision not to sign the resolution.

In a written statement, Morris said he was able to reflect on his previous letter, which called the Girl Scouts a “radicalized organization” that supports abortion and promotes “homosexual lifestyles.”

“I realize now that my words were emotional, reactionary and inflammatory,” he wrote on Thursday. “For that I sincerely apologize. … I certainly should not have painted the entire Girl Scouts organization with such a wide brush.”

The Fort Wayne paper also reports that anti-abortion groups have come to Morris’ defense.

On the Podcast, Wilken surprised me with his first question, asking if the Girl Scouts should even have been a story in the first place. I him-haw around for a while before acknowledging that I’m not entirely sure. I give a few reasons why. I refuse to listen to my own voice on tape, but it no doubt makes for great podcast theater.

Be sure to check it out and enjoy the Southern-fried accent. And a little gossip, too.

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About Bobby Ross Jr.

Bobby Ross Jr. is an award-winning reporter and editor with a quarter-century of professional experience. A former religion editor for The Oklahoman and religion writer for The Associated Press, Ross serves as chief correspondent for the The Christian Chronicle. He has reported from 47 states and 11 countries and was honored as the Religion Newswriters Association's 2013 Magazine Reporter of the Year.