Another Right-Wing Politician Turns On the "Radical" Girl Scouts--Because Michelle Obama is Honorary President?

Given the paranoid climate engendered by today's right wing, no one, no matter how innocuous, is safe from being smeared as promoting a heathen lifestyle--but the Girl Scouts, who take their mission of empowering young women seriously, seem to be a particular target.

We recently reported on the story of a local scouting group that allowed a young transgender child to join a troop--and the subsequent rage that it induced--but this Indiana congressmanappears to have a more generalized animustowards the cookie-selling, leadership-building organization: 

INDIANAPOLIS – A Fort Wayne lawmaker has refused to sign on to a resolution celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, calling the group a "radicalized organization" that supports abortion and promotes the "homosexual lifestyle."

Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne, sent a letter to his fellow House Republicans on Saturday explaining why he would be the only member in the House not to endorse the nonbinding resolution.

He said he did some web-based research and found allegations that the Girl Scouts are a tactical arm of Planned Parenthood, allows transgender females to join and encourages sex.

Morris also said the fact that First Lady Michelle Obama is honorary president "should give each of us reason to pause before our individual and collective endorsement of the organization."

 The fact that the First Lady's involvement is cause for Morris to have "pause" says all we need to about the ideological place from which he is coming. I hope he never gets to enjoy a thin mint again.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at February 21, 2012, 3:59am

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