Kevin Swanson, the host of a conservative Christian radio program “Generations with Vision,” unleashed a bit of internet hell-fire with a plea to Americans to boycott Girl Scout cookies. Swanson is particularly worried about the promotion of socialism, lesbianism, abortion and female independence that, in his estimation, the Girl Scouts of America are all about.
Swanson warns, “if you want a communist in the White House in the year 2020, you have got to get more daughters raised with the worldview, the independent mindset, the worldview that is presented by the Girl Scouts of America.”
It’s hard to imagine that Swanson isn’t aware of the fate that befell a state representative from Indiana, Bob Morris, who eventually apologized for his sharp words about Girl Scouts last year after critiquing what he perceived to be their affiliation with Planned Parenthood.
“You need to be very careful when you start attacking little girls,” said Colleen Walker, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. “After he [Morris] made those comments, there were girls who went door-to-door selling their cookies and suddenly they get slammed with ‘I can’t support you — you’re in bed with Planned Parenthood!’ Can you imagine? Let me tell you something: A little girl doesn’t even know what that is.”
The official Girl Scouts website declares: “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.”
Kevin Swanson, on the other hand, sees lesbians, “lots and lots of lesbians.”
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