There will be no thin mints sold in Crawford, Texas. Parents in the small city are boycotting the Girl Scoutcookies. According to the Associated Press, the boycottstarted when an anti-abortion group called Pro-Life Waco sente-mails and ran ads on a Christian radio station urging citizens toboycott because of the relationship between the Girl Scouts andPlanned Parenthood.
Parents wereupset to find out the local Girl Scout organization gave a Woman ofDistinction award to a Planned Parenthood executive. Parents alsofound out that the Girl Scouts has endorsed Planned Parenthoodsex-education programs for years. The sex-education programincludes information on homosexuality, masturbation andcondoms.
“That is ridiculous. Parents think if theyhide information from their girls, they are protecting them. Girls are going to find out anyway, and then they will beless educated,” says Jasmine Taylor, a junior at HamptonUniversity, “The Girl Scouts is a great organization and they aretrying to educate girls about sex not encouraging them to gomasturbate.”
While twotroops in Crawford decided not to deliver their cookie orders,other troop’s cookie sales have increased because many still wantto show support. Although the boycott may have backfired,parent leaders of two troops have disbanded their groups.
“You’re telling these girls to raise theirfingers up to pledge to honor God and country, and yet you’rehanding out materials saying homosexuality is okay,” Brownie leaderDonna Coody, said to the Associated Press.
TheBluebonnet Council of Girl Scout, which oversees troops in the Wacoarea, has since announced that it will not be affiliated with thePlanned Parenthood sex-education programs this year. TheCouncil says they put their name and logo on the sex-educationprograms but do not contribute any money or send girls to attendthe Planned Parenthood conference.
During the Nobody’s Fool Conference put on byPlanned Parenthood, elementary and junior high students in the WacoArea, receive a book with chapters on homosexuality andmasturbation as well as illustrations of couples having sex, peopleexamining their naked bodies and a boy putting on a condom.According to Planned Parenthood, there is no mention ofabortion.
“I don’t understand what this has to do withcookies. Why punish the girls?” said Suzanne Wheeler, a DCparent of a sixth grader. “I don’t mind my daughter learning aboutthese things, but it’s up to parents to supplement what theirlearning and to give them the Christian values.”
The National Girl Scout organization has 2.9million girl members and 986,000 adult members. It takes noposition on sex education or abortion and has no nationalrelationship with Planned Parenthood, according to the BluebonnetCouncil.