Yes, I Do Feel the Need to Call You on Your BSMarch 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:
- 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).
- WAGGGS co-hosted the event with the YMCA. (Isn’t it odd how the YMCA didn’t receive equal billing?)
- 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).