Their crime? The scouts posted on their Facebook wall, and retweeted a link on Twitter, to a Washington Post article about “women who made a difference in 2013.” One of the choices? Wendy Davis. And Pro-Life Waco thinks Wendy Davis is the devil in pink sneakers.
“It’s very clear that they (The Girl Scouts) are not citing any pro-life leaders with any praise, even though their official stand is they are not taking any position on abortion,” complained John Pisciotta, director of Pro-Life Waco.
So Pro-Life Waco began what they call CookieCott 2014 - a boycott of Girl Scout cookies – all because they don’t want girls to look up to strong pro-life leaders like Wendy Davis. FOX News picked up the story, and the American Family Association soon hopped on board, posting on their website:
“It’s hard to say no to those little girls in the green and brown sashes, but buying Girl Scout cookies serves only to further facilitate a very liberal pro-abortion agenda.”
That got the attention of World Net Daily, who brought in the American Life League, the country’s oldest Catholic pro-life group. Both organizations are also urging their followers to refuse to buy Girl Scout cookies this year. But according to the Dallas News and My S.A. out of San Antonio, the cookie protest has gone beyond Thin Mints and Tagalogs and has become hurtful to the girls themselves. Both news outlets have given up their objectivity and are urging their readers to ignore the boycott and buy cookies.
Jacquielynn Floyd, a writer for the Houston News recounted her personal experience with one stalwart boycott supporter in a supermarket parking lot last week:
After buying groceries this weekend, I walked out of the supermarket, where a suburban mom was manning a card table while her sweet, eager scout daughter tried to drum up cookie sales.
The girl, who was no older than about 9, hopefully approached a woman shopper, asking if she would like to buy cookies.
The woman answered loudly: “I don’t contribute to groups that support abortion!” She fixed the girl and her mom with an angry, bug-eyed marmoset stare.
The unhappy mom said, stammering, “Really, that’s not true. I’ve researched it myself. It really isn’t true.”
The angry woman talked right over her: “I’ll never give a nickel of my money to a pro-abortion group! Never!”
It was awful. The little girl and a younger sister, who was about 5 or 6, looked stricken.
“Mom?” asked the scout, anxious and worried, as if she had done something wrong. “What’s abortion?”
“I’m not telling you,” the mother said miserably. The woman, clearly anxious to keep broadcasting her views to everybody within a mile, did not budge.
At this point, I jumped in. “I want cookies!” I said with hearty enthusiasm. “Show me what kind you have!”
Back on familiar turf, the sweet Girl Scout went smoothly into her sales spiel: “These are good if you like peanut butter. Or if you like caramel, these are really good, too.”
I emptied my wallet to buy cookies and scraped up change from the bottom of my purse to buy another box for U.S. soldiers fighting overseas. I hovered over the cookie table until the cruel, crazy woman had stalked off to the parking lot.”
Ms. Floyd said afterwards, when she was alone, she shed tears over the anti-choice woman’s treatment of the young scout.
“I cried because that sweet girl thought she had said or done something wrong and because her mom was in the hopeless position of trying to talk sense to someone determined to believe nonsense and because the younger sister couldn’t understand why everybody was upset when they were supposed to be having fun selling cookies.”
Carrie Baker Wells, writing for The Express News, had a similar reaction to the right-wing CookieCott, urging people to stand against it for the sake of the young girls who are caught in the center of a controversy many of them are too young to comprehend. Ms. Wells:
Pro-life advocates should speak up and say this attack is off limits. We don’t need adults telling our girls they are baby killers.
It saddens me that in the U.S., where we cherish our freedoms, that adults would choose to take their fight to the front lines of hardworking girls who are investing the time to better themselves to become responsible adults. Let this be our call to display courage and speak up for our girls to say that this is unacceptable. If we don’t, attacks like this will continue. Please let your voices be heard, and let’s support our troops! I am, and along with that, I plan to buy even more Girl Scout cookies this year to send to our military troops overseas.
So cookies anyone? As the grandmother of a girl scout, I’m upping my order.
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