Conservatives' antipathy towards the Girl Scouts has generally been found on the fringes. In 1994, for example, James Dobson's Focus on the Family published a memorable attack on the Girl Scouts, insisting the group "lost their way" after the Scouts made a religious oath optional for membership. (For the religious right, faith shouldn't be voluntary; it should be mandated on children by authority figures demanding vows of allegiance.)
I can't find it online anymore, but back in 2005, Amanda Marcotte had a great item about various paranoid voices on the right, complaining about "radical lesbian feminists" having taken over the Girl Scouts.
And while much of the mainstream likely considers Girl Scouts as American as moms, baseball, and apple pie, the freak-out continues.
In today's prayer alert, the Family Research Council boasted that as a result of their pressure campaign against the Girl Scouts "their cookie sales are suffering." The FRC has long attacked the Girl Scouts over discredited allegations that the Girl Scouts work with Planned Parenthood to promote "casual sex" and train girls about living with HIV. [...]Although "none of the money" from Girl Scout cookie sales "is given to any other group," that hasn't stopped FRC from asking for prayers against the Girl Scouts. The prayer alert says the "Scouts had better confess their errors" and stop "collaborating with Planned Parenthood," and even cites a passage from Matthew 27 on the suicide of Judas Iscariot to imply that the Girl Scouts are taking blood money.
The Family Research Council is one of the leading organizations in the religious right movement, but it isn't the only outfit on the right to be worked up about the Girl Scouts.
As recently as December, Fox News went after the group quite a bit, and CNN contributor Dana Loesch not only lamented the "moral decline" of the Girl Scouts, she also suggested conservatives should stop buying their cookies as a form of political protest.
Comedy Central recently responded with the appropriate derision: "Don't be fooled by those cute little outfits or merit badges. The Girl Scouts aren't just selling you a pack of cookies -- they're selling you a pack of lies, with a light coating of toasted coconut communism. Why do the Girl Scouts teach survival skills? It's clearly an attempt to build some kind of liberal tween militia. Volunteering and 'helping' others? Just another strategy to mobilize the working poor and other key Democratic voting blocs."
This was, in case it's not obvious, sarcasm.
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