Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Great Girl Scout Cookie Mass Debate

It all started a few weeks ago on Facebook.  For the most part, I don't give Facebook "debates" much attention.  However, this one hit a little close to home.  Upon Gretchen's request, I held my tongue.  It is always a good thing to stop and think, as I have jumped too quickly, pulling my tongue and firing way to fast many times before. This usually ends in not so happy endings.  So, even before I typed this, I ask her if it was okay.  And with a title like this one, who could say "No."  With Her blessing, I give you the: The Great Girl Scout Cookie Mass Debate.

The debate stems from an article that I have seen posted to Facebook on numerous occasions.  The title of the article was Girl Scouts Join Planned Parenthood at Huge Pro-Abortion Conference.   And if you're saying "What?", you having the same reaction that I did.  Something doesn't sound right.  Now if people do not read the article and just go by the title then I can see why they would be mad.

Now from the comments from these post I can only assume that people did not read the article.  The comments range from things like "I'm shocked" to "I won't be buying any cookies."  The major question I have is if the people posting the article have read it.  If not, then the irresponsibility lies with them.  I HAVE read it.   I also read other articles from this sight.  Have they?

When I read the article it reminded me of a right winged conspiracy theorist as does rest of the sight.  That's my opinion.  The sight, I had never heard of.  The point of the website is clear.  And while I'm anti-abortion, I can't agree with an article that plays "connect the dots" and then comes up with conclusions that attempts to destroy the image of an organization like the Girl Scouts.  My 7 year old daughter is in her first year of Girl Scouts and her first year of selling cookies.  How am I to explain that people aren't going to buy cookies because a 17 year old former Girl Scout wrote an article?  Yes, I said 17.  Want to change your opinion of the article now?  Not that 17 year old can't be a great investigative reporter but I don't think this was the case.   Looks more like a school paper gone viral with the far right pushing it along.  Does she have something else against the Girl Scouts that she's not sharing?  I don't know.  Maybe.

Being in partnership with Planned Parenthood is not against the law, by the way.  If you want to boycott Girl Scout Cookies go ahead.  But don't be hypocritical.  You will need to go to your kitchens, your pantries, your wallets, you closets, your garages, etc., etc., etc. and dispose of the products from the companies that also have alleged ties to Planned Parenthood at the bottom of this post.

Just something to think about the next your doorbell rings. 

Now if you really believe in a cause, then get involved. Write your elected leaders, hold demonstrations, start a website( use facts though), just don't be lazy and post or re-post anonymous articles from websites you've never heard of.  While your intentions may be good the means of which you're doing them are not.

PS.  Feel free to post or re-post this blog

The List

3Com Corporation
Abbott Laboratories Fund
Adaptec, Inc.
Adobe Systems, Inc.
Allstate Giving Campaign
ALZA Corporation
AMD – Advanced Micro Devices
America’s Charities – Employee Giving Program
American Express corporation
Ameriprise Financial
Amgen Corporation
Amica Companies
Aon Corporation
Autodesk, Inc.
Avon Products
Bakar Foundation, Gerson
Bank of America
Barclays Global Investors
Baxter International
BCC Software
Becton Dickinson & Company
Birkenstock Footprint Sandals, Inc.
Black & Decker
Boing – The Employee Community Fund
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Brobeck Charitable Foundation
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
California Healthcare
California Wellness
Capital Group Companies
Central New York Community Foundation
Charles Schwab
Chase Manhattan
Chubb & Son, Inc.
Cisco Systems
Click Commerce
CMP Media, Inc.
Compton Foundation, Inc.
Computer Associates Int’l, Inc.
Cooper Industries
Cowell Foundation, S.H.
Del Monte Foods
Electronic Arts, Inc.
Equity Foundation
Exxon Mobil
Fannie Mae
Federated Department Stores, Inc.
Fidelity Investments
First Data Corporation
Flora Family Foundation
Ford Motor Company
Freddie Mac
Fremont Group
Gallagher Foundation, Arthur J.
Genentech, Inc.
General Electric
General Physics Corporation
General Re Corporation
Georgia-Pacific Corporation
Grainger, Inc.
Haas Fund, Evelyn and Walter Jr.
Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahos and Rudy LLP
Harcourt, Inc.
Hewlett Foundation, William & Flora
Hewlett Packard Company Foundation
Household International
Hunter Davidson Giving Campaign
Idea Connections
IKON Office Solutions
Illinois Tool Works
Infocom Group
International Data Group, Inc.
Irvine Foundation, James
James River Corporation
Joseph Seagram and Sons
Johnson and Johnson
JP Morgan
Kaiser Family Foundation, Henry J.
KPMG Involve Community Campaign
Kraft Foods Matching Gift Program
Lam Research Corporation
Leo Burnett Company
Levi Strauss
Liberty Mutual
Macworld Communications, Inc.
Macy’s West Gift Campaign
Mastercard International
Maxwell PR, LLC
Meyer Memorial Trust
McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Merck Company
Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
Microsoft Corporation
Monsanto Fund
Monsoon, Inc.
Moore Foundation, Gordon & Betty
Morgan Chase
Morgan Stanley
Morrison & Foerster
National Grid
National Semiconductor Corp.
Network Associates
Network for Good
Nike Employee Matching Gift
Northern Trust Company
ODS HealthPlans
Olin Corporation
Oracle Corporation
Oregon Health and Sciences – University Employee Campaign
Packard Foundation, David and Lucille
PCW Communications, Inc.
Peninsula Community Foundation
Phillip Morris
Pitney Bowes
Providian Financial
Prudential Insurance
Quaker Oats
Qualcomm Inc.
RBC Dain Rauscher
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
Rejuvenation, Inc.
Rockefeller Foundation
Rosendin Electric, Inc.
Safeco Corporation
San Jose Mercury News
Schwab Corporation
Shudder Kemper Investments, Inc.
Standard Insurance – The Matching Gift Center
Stuart Foundation
Sun Microsystems
T. Rowe Price
Tandy Corporation
TAP Pharmaceutical Products
Tenet Healthcare
The Tides Corporation
United Airlines Employee Campaign
Umpqua Bank – Giving Campaign
U.S. Bancorp
UBS Realty Investments LLC
Vanguard Group
Vernier Software, LLC
Washington Mutual
Washington Post Company
Washington State Combined Fund Drive
Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign
West Group
White & Case
Working Assets Funding Service


  1. Thank you!!! I had a pastor who commented on this same issue, posted the letter from the 17 year old girl and said that is why the children should be joining the Royal Rangers program. I responded to him with the exact same list and told him that just about everything he eats, drinks and uses on a daily basis is made by companies that support planned parenthood. He stated that simply donating money is different then actually getting involved. He said that he would not want his daughters to attend girl scouts and be subject to these beliefs. When I asked him for evidence that local troops at any level have been affected or how they are going to be affected he refused to respond. All the state and local girl scout pages I have looked at say that they are not involved and that they stay neutral on such subjects. Personally, I find it so funny that so many Christian organizations are quick to jump all over this to promote their children's programs. But yet have not really researched it. And are quick to pass judgement. Although times have changed since I was a Girl Scout, I would highly recommend the program to parents of girls. Not only do they bond with other girls, they learn responsibility and they do a lot for the community. The girls are rewarded for their hard work through their badges. I will always support the girl scouts and I will continue to buy cookies. As for the people who are going to pass because they don't want to support the Girl Scouts. Well that just leaves more for me! So thank you!

    1. Thanks for your thoughts. You make a good point about pushing their children's programs. Pushing an agenda by stepping on others defeats the purpose of Christian programs. Enjoy your cookies!

    2. I will enjoy my cookie once I come to Louisiana to get them!

  2. Very good BLOG Shane!!!!!!!!!!!--Lynn Frost