Yes, I Do Feel the Need to Call You on Your BS

March 12, 2010

Recently, someone I know posted a link to this article on their Facebook page with the comment “shame, shame girls scouts. makes me want to puke all those tagalongs i ate.”   This was followed by other people chiming in with their outraged “me too!” comments.

Now, I don’t know if any of the above individuals looked at anything beyond the headline.  I, however, did — in fact, I read the whole article — and as a result I can only conclude that either (a) they didn’t read anything except the headline or (b) they were already prejudiced against the Girl Scouts and the inflammatory headline validates their opinion, so they rolled with it.

Here’s what I drew from the article:

  1. The Girl Scouts organization in question is not, in fact, Girl Scouts of the USA, but the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).
  2. WAGGGS co-hosted the event with the YMCA.  (Isn’t it odd how the YMCA didn’t receive equal billing?)
  3. WAGGGS did not distribute the pamphlet, as the headline claimed… Planned Parenthood distributed it.

None of these are my opinions.  They are stated quite clearly in the article.

Looking for more specific information, I Googled girl scouts planned parenthood and clicked on the results for news articles.  This article was the ONLY one.  Now say what you will about the liberal bias of the media and I may even agree with you to a degree, but come on now.  Some small-potatoes Catholic organization is the only one who found this purported outrage newsworthy?  Where was Fox News?  Where was Focus on the Family?  Where was National Right to Life?  Maybe they didn’t report this evildoing by the Girl Scouts because, well, the Girl Scouts didn’t DO anything except co-host the event.

Then I got to thinking… if this really loose connection is enough to make people want to toss their Girl Scout cookies and condemn the Girl Scouts organization as a whole… what about companies where there is an even stronger connection?  Look what I found out:

  • Gazillionaire Warren Buffett regularly contributes roughly 60% of his charitable giving to family planning organizations such as Planned Parenthood.  In 2001, that 60% exceeded $20 MILLION.  That’s a whole lot of pamphlets!  Buffett owns the following companies:  Dairy Queen, Fruit of the Loom, Pampered Chef, GEICO Insurance, and See’s Candies.  He also owns a significant amount of shares in Coca-Cola and many other companies. (Source)
  • Life Decisions International is calling for a boycott of the following companies, saying that they support Planned Parenthood:   Craig Taylor (shirts), Whole Foods Market, JPMorgan Chase (including Chase Bank, & Bank One), Bank of America, Lost Arrow (Patagonia), Wells Fargo (including Wachovia), Chevron (including Caltex, Texaco, Xpress Lube), eBay (including PayPal), Kenneth Cole, Nike, Midas, Marriott (including Courtyard, Fairfield, Renaissance, Ritz-Carlton, etc.), Johnson & Johnson, and Sonic (drive-in restaurants).
  • What about non-profit organizations, you ask?  Well, Life Decisions International maintains a “dishonorable mention list” just for that particular category.  Yes, the Girl Scouts are listed.  So are these institutions: Outward Bound West, American Automobile Association (AAA), Kaiser Permanente, The Salvation Army, American Cancer Society, Dr. Phil Foundation, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Camp Fire, Kiwanis Club, Rotary International, March of Dimes, Lions Club, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, American Diabetes Association, and the Young Womens Christian Association (YWCA). Involvement ranges from donating funds to pro-abortion groups (or allowing affiliates to do so), supporting anti-life causes, allowing pro-abortion groups access to membership, adopting an official pro-abortion policy position, and so forth.
  • And this is just a tiny, tiny sampling of companies/organizations with ties to Planned Parenthood.  For some truly mind-boggling lists, click here and here.

Here’s the deal.  The world looks at Christians as if they are stupid.  Getting on our soapboxes without an adequate set of facts to back us up does nothing to convince the world otherwise.  If you want to be outraged, then fine… be outraged.  But be informed, and be equally outraged with those who have done the same (or worse).


  1. There is previous connections between planned parenthood and GS. And you can go to Girls Scouts of America site and see that God is optional in the promise. http://www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_central/promise_law/. The Boy Scouts has developed a partnership with AHG not GS – I think that was not an off the cuff decision and there is reasons behind it.

  2. Nice illustration on how folks are missing the point. Thanks.

  3. Point well taken, and I couldn’t agree more!
    Love the research that backs up your position. It’s very trendy for Christians to take one small part of an issue and condemn the whole without having adequate facts to back them up. Righteous indignation is not always equal, is it?

  4. Let me start of stating without doubt that I’m a born again Christian and pro lifer with a Licentiate in Missiology (Missions as opposed to pastoral work). I work very closely with one of the companies listed above – Craig Taylor Shirts (CTS). Here’s the deal with “Life Decisions International”: Even though CTS hasn’t given any money to PP in about 5 years (since a group of Christians got involved with the company) Life Decisions International refuses to remove them from their list without “paying a fee”. I didn’t expect an organisation defending Biblical morals to resort to what is akin to blackmail.

  5. The GS of USA IS a part of WAGGGS, and none of the companies you listed are TEACHING my daughter. That is the main reason most people have an issue with this. I found your blog while trying to research this topic myself, as my daughter is a Daisy Scout at her catholic grade school, and these are not the morals I want her taught. I will remove her from this organization and suggest the school discontinue it’s relationship as well.

    Yes, many companies have ties to things I may not support, but when pamphlets are handed out at their functions (and as a treasurer of a charity board, I guarantee you we would not have ourselves tied in ANY way to something we did not advocate) to my daughter I need to draw the line.

    • I’m aware that GSUSA is part of WAGGGS.

      I’m also aware that GSUSA receives widespread condemnation for the loosest of ties to Planned Parenthood. Many Girl Scout troops are run by Christian women with good moral standards. Some troops encourage the girls to pursue the “God and Me” award. Many perform community service projects for churches and other pro-life organizations.

      But because of a 2004 incident with one Girl Scout council in Waco TX and now this WAGGGS pamphlet incident, that is completely overlooked. Two incidents do not a conspiracy make, and there has been NO evidence that the organization as a whole supports/teaches/endorses abortion as a method of birth control.

      Because most Girl Scout decisions are made on a troop or council level, I would recommend that anyone who is concerned about a possible tie to Planned Parenthood speak with the troop leader, service unit leadership, and council office to determine whether any such activity would take place. It’s a wiser course of action than throwing the baby out with the bath water, so to speak.

  6. People tend to go way overboard with boycotting. I can’t keep track of all of them and honestly, what is the point if we can’t keep track? When the company starts acting good again, we don’t hear about it and keep boycotting. When the company starts to do good, then goes back to it’s ways (like Nestle) we don’t hear about it and keep buying it. You’re right it IS mind-boggling. And when those cute lil girl scouts stand there asking you to buy a cookie to suppor their troop, who can look at them and say no sorry your troop is EVIL!! LOL. Not me!

  7. It’s true, WAGGGS did not distribute the depraved sex pamphlets, however the article states correctly that “Planned Parenthood was allowed to distribute” them. In other words, WAGGGS is also responsible. By allowing Planned Parenthood access to distribute such filth, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts condemns itself.

    Another fact: The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is comprised of 145 member organizations, including the Girl Scouts of the USA. The two are directly linked, meaning what one does reflects on the other.

    And I find no record anywhere of the GSUSA disavowing what’s going on at the international level.

    Yet another fact: Although the Girl Scouts of the USA is not formally aligned at the national level with Planned Parenthood, Girl Scout councils MAY choose to have connections to the organization. In plain language, this means that if ANY local council wants to expose your daughter to Planned Parenthood’s twisted agenda, the national organization is not going to say NO.

    Now the question here is “But should we boycott Girl Scout cookies?”

    Using all the facts at hand, that is a decision each person must make. Some argue that since all money from cookie sales stays in the local and regional communities, it’s ok to buy cookies from troops that are moral/conservative. Others argue that although buying cookies from a “good” troop does not support the national organization monetarily/materially, it still “theoretically” supports the organization. I.E. it gives the impression that the Girl Scouts organization is good when in fact the national organization will not officially sever ties with Planned Parenthood.

    I think we should respect the decisions that good people are trying to make about this issue. To Karen who posted above: No one who opts out of a cookie purchase is going to look a little girl in the eye and shout “Your troop is evil!!” Give them a little more credit. Most likely they will clearly and charitably state why they are disappointed with the national Girl Scouts stance on access to Planned Parenthood, and why they wish to not support the organization even at the local level.

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