Parentdish.com is conducting an interesting poll that asks a simple question: Should the Girl Scouts be involved with Planned Parenthood in distributing sex guides? When checked Wednesday afternoon, it was clear where respondents stood: 71 percent answered "No. The Girl Scouts should not be involved in these issues." Twenty-nine percent said "Yes. Girls need to be informed."
Now, there are parents who see nothing wrong with young girls learning about sex - after all, many such parents handed over their responsibility to public school systems many moons ago. But imagine President Obama's daughters being encouraged to masturbate and learn the difference between "soft sex" and "slow sex"? And while most parents want their daughters to grow up to be happy and healthy, do they want their girls to be "Healthy, Happy and Hot?"
Yet that is exactly what Planned Parenthood has titled its insidious brochure that was on hand for Girl Scouts who attended a recent U.N. conference. (A hearty chest bump to the moms who blew the whistle.)
Parents in Waco, Crawford and several other central Texas communities warned in 2004 that the Girl Scouts, which receives oodles of federal dollars, and Planned Parenthood, which also is on the federal teat, were in bed together. Back then, masturbation, the how-to's of donning a condom, homosexuality and other such issues were the topics a Planned Parenthood handout that was practically rubber-stamped by the Bluebonnet Council. The handout, titled "Its Perfectly Normal" and given to an estimated 700 grade-school girls, also illustrated couples having sex and listed several reasons why girls and women should have an abortion.
Let's toss aside abortion for argument's sake and focus on the soft-porn aspects of the literature. Adolescents shouldn't be engaging, and when they do, can you imagine a naive 11-year-old telling her potential "partner," "Here, let me show you how to put on a condom." (You don't have to be a right-winger to picture Mr. Obama's reaction to such a thought.)
Youths are being sent mixed messages. Public schools, Planned Parenthood and others in the they're-going-to-do-it-anyway movement are pushing a sex-by-any-means-necessary agenda. Meanwhile, parents who have the guts to preach abstinence are being ignored.
No wonder youths are wallowing in free love and paying the consequences.
Youths - especially tweens and teens - will experiment with anything when responsible adults aren't paying attention, and it's only natural for them to become inquisitive about sex. But exposing children to sex guides that lead toward forbidden fruit falls dangerously close to immoral and unethical conduct.
The Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. has a rich and deep history of being character and leadership builders that dates to 1912 (although it wasn't incorporated as Girl Scouts Inc. until 1915). And while it and many other American organizations were originally disinterested in black girls as members, the roots of the Scouts' premise and promise are undeniable. The Girl Scout Promise says, "On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law." The Girl Scout Law says in part, "I will do my best to be ... responsible for what I say and do."
Here again, focus on the message, not the messenger: How "responsible" is a 10-, 11- or 12-year-old girl who feels pressured to become a "hottie" by engaging in sex or masturbating?
Those 700 central Texas girls who were subjected to soft porn in 2004 are now high-school age and older. Only their parents can say whether pulling away from Planned Parenthood was the right decision.
What's not in dispute for parents of today's Girl Scouts is that Texas moms and dads had the guts to unfurl the red flag in 2004.