Pro Life Groups Boycott Girl Scout Cookies: I’m Going to Pass

There are limits, and this reaches one of mine.

Pro life groups are evidently boycotting Girl Scout cookies. The reason, so far as I can tell, is that the Girl Scouts have thrown in with Planned Parenthood.

I find that disgusting. I’ve already written quite a bit about what I think of sexualizing little girls and pushing dangerous chemical birth control on them. It’s hard to fathom that the Girl Scouts are doing something like this.

However, if a little girl comes up to me in the parking lot of a convenience store, or knocks on my door, I am not going to look her in the eye and tell her that I am boycotting Girl Scout Cookies.

Ain’t gonna happen.

I’ll fork over the cash and take the cookies (which are usually stale) and toss them in the trash, just like I always do.

I’m sorry, fellow pro lifers. My spirit is with you. But my flesh doesn’t have what it takes for this one.

Can you think of another way to do this; preferably something that doesn’t involve hurting the feelings of a child who doesn’t know come here from sic ‘em about interlocking boards and organizational alliances?

I don’t think we should target kids to get at adults. Let’s go at the adults directly.

Figure out a way to do that, and I’m with you.

From TownHall.com:

Pro-life organizations are standing with a small pro-life group in Waco, Texas to boycott Girl Scout cookies over the organization’s recent “praise for Wendy Davis and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius…and because of a deep and lasting entanglement with abortion providers and abortion rights organizations,” according to the CookieCott 2014’s website.

Many groups, including the American Life League, LifeNews, the Radiance Foundation, Life Coalition International, the National Black Pro-Life Union, are standing with John Pisciotta, head of Pro-Life Waco, which has launched similar ‘CookieCotts’ in the past.

Breitbart explains:

Pisciotta’s group launched a Girl Scout cookie boycott in Waco in 2004as well after the Bluebonnet Girl Scout Council began co-sponsoring theNobody’s Fool summer sex education program offered by Planned Parenthood for Waco-area teens and pre-teens.

With this sponsorship by Planned Parenthood, Pro-Life Waco states the Bluebonnet Council placed the national Girl Scout logo on the program flyer and advertisements. In addition, Girl Scout employees served as volunteers for the Nobody’s Fool program.

  • Sus_1

    I think it’s an overstatement to say the Girl Scouts are with Planned Parenthood. Maybe their FAQ is out-of-date but here’s what it says:

    Q: What is GSUSA’s position regarding human sexuality, birth control, abortion?

    A: Girl Scouts of the USA does not take a position or develop materials on these issues. We feel our role is to help girls develop self-confidence and good decision-making skills that will help them make wise choices in all areas of their lives.

    Parents or guardians make all decisions regarding program participation that may be of a sensitive nature. Consistent with that belief, GSUSA directs councils, including volunteer leaders, to get written parental permission for any locally planned program that could be considered sensitive.

    Q: Does GSUSA have a relationship with Planned Parenthood?

    A: No, Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a relationship or partnership with Planned Parenthood.

    Q: Did GSUSA distribute a Planned Parenthood brochure at a United Nations event?

    A: No, we did not. In 2010, GSUSA took part in the 54th Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. Our participation in that conference was the subject of numerous internet stories and blogs that were factually inaccurate and troubling. Girl Scouts had no knowledge of the brochure in question and played no role in distributing it.

    Q: Does Girl Scouting support families of faith?

    A: Yes. Girl Scouting supports girls from all backgrounds and beliefs. While we are a secular organization that refrains from teaching religious or spiritual beliefs or practices, we believe that the motivating force in Girl Scouting is a spiritual one, and we greatly value our longstanding partnerships with religious organizations across many faiths that share the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

    We encourage girls to develop connections to their own spiritual and religious beliefs by earning recognitions provided by their faith communities and by earning the new My Promise, My Faith pin, which helps a girl deepen the connection between the Girl Scout Law and her faith. We support the right of faith leaders to verify that program delivered to girls in their places of worship is consistent with their faith’s teachings.

  • CSmith

    I haven’t purchased Girl Scout cookies for years, mostly for this reason, but also because the little girls in the local troops work very hard to sell cookies, but most of the money goes to the national office. And the national offices are the ones pushing and supporting ideas and agendas that are harmful to girls.

    One doesn’t have to lecture the local Scout, or beat them over the head with a box of cookies. One can just smile and say, No, thank you.

    • hamiltonr

      I know this is a stupid question, but I really don’t know the answer. Are the Campfire Girls a good alternative to the Girl Scouts? If so, perhaps we should do all we can to promote them. If not, then maybe we need to develop an alternative.

    • Käthe

      Yeah I have had to sadly “boycott” the cookies for years because they simply are an exorbitant extravagance in the budget of a growing family.

      Support community nature and music programs for girls if you can instead, though! Poor homeschool families like ours use the local parks and rec programs and the scholarships they offer a lot.

      • hamiltonr

        I did the same when I was homeschooling my kids. I also know about being too broke for any kind of extra. Bless you for taking such good care of your children Kathe.

    • Almario Javier

      This is no longer the case. The national office makes money through charging bakers to slap their label on it. The troops get overwhelming majority of the profits, at least in these parts.

      • CSmith

        I’m glad. I know the Scouts work hard, so they should get most of the profits, although this was a side issue for me with the organization as a whole.

  • AnneG

    I usually buy cookies for troops if I have to. Don’t like the organization, regardless of how they answer those canned questions.

  • http://outsidetheautisticasylum.blogspot.com/ Theodore Seeber

    “It’s hard to fathom that the Girl Scouts are doing something like this.”

    No worse than the Boy Scouts telling 8 year olds that they must accept a gay bunkmate.

    Unlike the Boy Scouts though- both the Bluebonnet council of Waco Texas and the GSUSA have in fact taken steps to separate the organization away from Planned Parenthood.

    I won’t be purchasing cookies this year for another reason though. I’m going to spend Lent aggressively attacking my gluttony before my back gets any worse- not so much for spiritual reasons, as for the fact that I’ve realized my battle with this mortal sin has previously only been a slow form of suicide.

    • Almario Javier

      That can be a spiritual reason – after all, sin generally is bad for us in the long run.

  • Dave

    I just say, “No thanks.” There are two reasons – the one you mentioned and the fact that the cookies are unhealthy.

  • CathyLouise

    Well, they are selling them for $4 a box out here; and the boxes are tiny. I simply can’t afford them any longer, so I smile and say, “Sorry, not today.” And so little of the money stays with the troop that it really doesn’t bother me any more.

  • Almario Javier

    What they fail to realize is that GSUSA the national organization makes money from the royalties they get from the bakers to put the girl scout label on the cookie boxes. The cookie drive money profits go entirely towards the local troop, most of which wouldn’t know what Planned Parenthood was if you asked them. Anyway, it’s not sinful to purchase goods from people who might commit sins with the profits, if your purpose is not to deliberately further the sinful purpose. So if you’re hungry, it’s OK to buy per se.

    • FW Ken

      Thank goodness! I was afraid that I had sold my soul for a do-si-do.

    • irena mangone

      Why only pick on Girl Scout cookies what about organisations which support all kinds of nefarious activities the arms industry various companies enjoy tax breaks by donating to crappy stuff

  • SisterCynthia

    I wouldn’t browbeat a kid, either. I might succumb and make a purchase out of sympathy for the kid who looks like a miserable introvert forcing themselves to try to sell to strangers, but it would have nothing to do with supporting the organization, and even then I’d probably only get one since I find the leadership of the GSUSA rather wretched. Same problem with the BSA. :(
    You mentioned CampFire, and my limited understanding is that they are entirely of a secular bent and more “progressive” in their social beliefs than either scouting organization is at present. There are faith-affiliated groups… among Presbyterians, we have for boys the Calvinist Cadet Corp (yeah, I know, who came up with that name!? The local group just goes by Cadets)… I noticed that the Knights of Columbus have a Squires program for Catholic boys 10-18. It doesn’t look like the CCC or the Squires are “scouting” programs, really, and are more aimed at teaching leadership, civic service, character and the faith tradition of the church they are affiliated with–all the most important stuff Scouts has used their outdoor model to slip in without seeming preachy about it. ;) American Heritage Girls and Frontier Girls are alternatives for girl scouts, and there ARE others, but that’s about all I know. Our local church has its own girls’ program (no national affiliation), but again, it’s not really a scouting model, even tho they do have the girls and the boys go on simple hikes at least once a month. :)
    I was an oddball kid, and back in the day we were too poor to participate in anything, so I just checked BSA and some GSUSA materials out of the library and learned what I could from them. It makes me sad to see organizations with honorable histories sink into embracing sin and wretchedness. Kinda how I feel about my own denomination, tho. :p

    • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

      I don’t know if the Boy Scouts have reached that point yet with me Cynthia. I know they caved on the gay scouts issue, but they were under a lot of pressure and I’m not sure I would deny a boy admittance to the scouts based on his claim he’s gay. What bugs me is that boys at that age shouldn’t have a sexual orientation, and so the whole issue was political. Would have been nice if they didn’t cave, but the country has changed, not for the better, and there was only so much the organization could do to resist. Now with the Girl Scouts, they actively associated themselves with PP. That’s repulsive.

      • SisterCynthia

        The thing is, they were under no legal obligation to cave, and they will NOT be able to maintain their refusal to allow gay LEADERS once the teens who are openly gay hit adulthood and demand they be allowed to continue as adult leaders, and point out how “nothing has changed” about them between one year and the next and how “unfair” such policies are, and once they make an exception for those “raised in scouting” they will have no way to deny “good gay men” the right to sign up for leadership positions from the outside as well. They opted to willingly cowtow and have opened the door to an eventual embrace of what they claim they “haven’t” opened the door to. I think some of those who voted for this were truly naiive enough to think “it ends here,” and some were deceitful enough to pretend “oh, yeah, this ends here,” but the reality is, it will NOT end here. One little compromise at a time. Had they straight up embraced the gay agenda, many troops would have left…by doing it in stages it gives people a chance to acclimatize to the “new normal” and decide it isn’t so bad, after all, let’s stay–God forbid we break ties with such a venerable old institution! :p Again, I feel sympathy for the kids, but I will not support the BSA as an organization any more. :(

        • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

          I understand. If they cross over and allow gay leaders then they will have crossed a line for me. Until then i’m going to be a little generous allow for human frailty.

        • Bill S

          “I will not support the BSA as an organization any more.”

          All the BSA has done is assure that boys are not denied membership due to their sexual orientation. No humane person should have a problem with that. At some point, “bigotry” becomes an accurate label. I wouldn’t use it in all cases like some activists do. But there comes a point where that is exactly what it is.

    • Bill S

      “It makes me sad to see organizations with honorable histories sink into embracing sin and wretchedness.”

      I’m sure the Girl Scouts are not “embracing sin and wretchedness” on any significant scale. You can’t judge a whole organization based on a few tweets.

  • Ssouth

    I wrestled with this and after lots of searching think there is legitimate concern. My daughter will likely join American Heritage Girls instead, unless something changes. In the meantime, instead of bringing up the issue when little girls ask me to buy cookies, I keep gift cards to Hobby Lobby and say that I’ll pass on the cookies, but want to support their troop directly with the gift card. Then nothing goes to the corporation, but the girls themselves (and Hobby Lobby) still have my support.

    • hamiltonr

      That’s a beautiful solution, Ssouth. Thank you for suggesting it.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    “However, if a little girl comes up to me in the parking lot of a convenience store, or knocks on my door, I am not going to look her in the eye and tell her that I am boycotting Girl Scout Cookies.

    Ain’t gonna happen.”
    LOL, I know. I had committed myself to not buying any but you’re right. How could I say no to a little girl. But i’m not going out of my way to find Girl Scout Cookies like i used to.

  • CSmith

    You can find a lot of information about GSA’s links to PP and other problematic issues. Here is a statement from the MO right to life with reference links
    http://missourilife.org/policies/girlscouts.html


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