By Ryan Collett
A Republican lawmaker in the Indiana House of Representatives, Bob Morris, sent out a searing letter to fellow House Republicans in which he warned them of the evils of Girl Scouts, calling them a, “radicalized organization” that, “promotes a homosexual agenda.”
Morris’ internet research led him to online conspiracy theories by ultra-conservatives linking Planned Parenthood with the Girl Scouts.
Last week, Morris refused to sign a resolution to celebrate the Girl Scouts of America’s 100-year anniversary.
The Girl Scouts of America and Planned Parenthood both released public statements denouncing Morris’ misled accusations. Betty Cockrum, the chief executive of Planned Parenthood of Indiana, called Morris’ claims, “Inflammatory and generally inaccurate.”
Reactions to Morris’ paranoia have been light hearted. Brian Bosma, Speaker of the Republican House in Indiana, purchased 278 cases of Girl Scout cookies and handed them out to House lawmakers on Tuesday.
Late night talk show host, Conan O’Brien, picked up on the story and poked fun at the blunder in a segment on his show.
In the segment, O’Brien played into Morris’ claims that the organization had an abortion and homosexual agenda by revealing his own line of new Girl Scout cookies – “Roe vs. Wafers” and “Dulce de Longterm Roommates.”
While both entertainers and government officials ridicule him for his embarrassing misinformation, Morris presses forward on his crusade against the Girl Scouts, saying, “My family and I took a view and we’re sticking to it. My girls are no longer Girl Scouts.”