Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, really hates girls. More specifically, he hates the Girl Scouts, but the effect is pretty much the same. His misogynistic comments about girls and women are downright disgusting. But what else can we expect from the head of an organization that wants nothing more than to keep women barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen?
Tony Perkins has it in for the Girl Scouts.
The FRC president has always been nasty towards the Girl Scouts. Whether he’s calling for prayers against them because the group is full of “radicals” who are “out to get our kids” or demanding a boycott because he thinks money from the cookies go towards Planned Parenthood, Perkins’ vindictiveness knows no bounds. If he’s not twisting words to fit his agenda, he’s making stuff up. Anything to make the organization look bad for his pseudo-Christian audience. And they’re dumb enough to believe all of it.
The latest rant.
Last Friday, on a segment of the radio show, Washington Watch, Perkins — along with colleague Cathy Ruse — was at it again. This time his diatribe was set off by the Girl Scout organization sending out a tweet about an article at HuffPo. The article was entitled, “These Incredible Ladies Should Be Women Of The Year For 2013.” The piece included a video of a HuffPo panel discussion in which Wendy Davis, Beyoncé Knowles and Malala Yousafzai were all mentioned as picks for woman of the year.
Naturally, the mere mention of Wendy Davis made Perkins and Ruse lose what little grip they have. They attacked the Girl Scouts for recommending the HuffPo article in the first place and again for sending out a tweet about it. Because, god knows, girls should never be shown a strong woman as a role model. Since they were already on a roll, Perkins and Ruse (now, there’s an appropriate name) decided to just unload. As with any dump, this one reeks.
Ruse, worked up into a good froth, threw everything at the Girl Scouts:
“To them abortion and sex-ed and promiscuity for very young girls is a good thing. They just have a very different mindset but they do not share the values of most American parents and the values of most people who are in the Girl Scouts. So when the Girl Scout membership begins to learn about this they find it scandalous. There’s a reason why membership is down in the Girl Scouts, there’s a reason why cookie sales are down, because all of these things are scandalous. You know, Girl Scouts now admit cross-dressing boys as little Brownie girls; it’s child abuse, frankly.”
Here’s the audio: https://soundcloud.com/rightwingwatch/ruse-girl-scouts-encourage
Well. That’s a new one. A Google search for “dressing up boys as Brownies” turns up only a questionasked in the UK 5 years ago. By a boy wanting to be a Brownie. Somehow, I don’t think this is what Ruse is talking about. Apparently, she just pulled this accusation out of her ass. Or dreamed it. Or something. As for the rest of that nonsense, it’s just that: nonsense. Sex-education may be the only one of those things that Girl Scouts supports. And with good reason. While membership is down in the organization, it’s not possible to pin that down to one cause, especially the one Ruse is claiming. Child abuse? Okay, let’s talk about how many Christians consider it dogma to discipline their children to the point of abuse. They even have a guide on how to do it right. I feel safe in saying that many more children have been abused in the name of Ruse’s religion than have been by the Girl Scouts.
Perkins gets his rant on
Not wanting to be left out of the fun, Perkins started in on the thoroughly debunked myth that the Girl Scouts hand out Planned Parenthood pamphlets at their meetings. He says that this “encourages promiscuity.” Even if this were true — so what? But no, according to the FRC, girls should never understand how their reproductive system works or where they could go with any questions. Or to get a mammogram. Or cancer screening.
This is a favorite myth of Perkins’ — he hates Planned Parenthood. He hates the Girl Scouts. So, in his warped mind, why not blast them both at once?
Here’s the audio: https://soundcloud.com/rightwingwatch/perkins-girl-scouts-encourage
“We’re talking about the agenda that’s really behind the Girl Scouts. I guess Cathy I can understand, it makes sense for Planned Parenthood to want to be teamed up with the Girl Scouts because that’s a client base for them if they can get this information into their hands to encourage promiscuity and behavior that would lead them into Planned Parenthood clinics.” (source)
What the Girl Scouts *actually* promote.
Listen, you two haters, I was a Girl Scout for 6 years. From 4th grade through 9th grade I met, sold cookies and went to camp with other Girl Scouts. Our leaders were volunteers who wanted to help mentor girls, so that we could learn and grow and understand ourselves and our world. One year, my Den Mother was a Mormon lady and somehow she managed to never bring her religion into things. Imagine that!
While the Girl Scouts is a secular organization, faith and spirituality isn’t excluded. It just isn’t used to create the programs or as a metric for belonging. God is mentioned in the Girl Scout Promise, but we were never told a specific god to which it applied. The Girl Scout Law is something we were taught to live by. In that, we were admonished to respect ourselves and others: something that more people should have learned early. Especially Tony Perkins and Cathy Ruse. If you ask me, they could both use a good lesson in the things a Girl Scout is really taught.