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Conservatives boycott Girl Scout cookies over perceived support for empowered women

By Travis Gettys
Friday, January 31, 2014 11:34 EDT
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Conservatives are calling for a boycott of Girl Scout cookies because the group linked to an article endorsing Texas lawmaker Wendy Davis as a candidate for woman of the year.

The Girl Scouts shared the link Dec. 18 to a Huffington Post article titled, “These Are The Women Who Dominated 2013,” on its official Twitter account.

“The ladies in contention ran the gamut from Beyonce to Wendy Davis to the millions of intelligent women airing their views on Twitter, but one name that continued to pop up was the woman many said deserved to be named Time Magazine’s person of the year — youth activist Malala Yousafzai,” the article said.

Davis, a Democratic state senator, became a target for Republican ire after she led a 13-hour filibuster of a Texas anti-abortion bill and then launched a campaign for governor.

The Girl Scouts then posted a link Dec. 30 to a Washington Post article, “Seven Women Who Made a Difference in 2013,” that included U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Those offenses against political correctness were just too much for John Pisciotta, head of Pro-Life Waco.

Breitbart News helped the anti-abortion activist publicize his call for a boycott of the Girl Scouts’ major annual fundraising drive.

“The Girl Scouts were once a truly amazing organization, but it has been taken over by ideologues of the left, and regular folks just will not stand for it,” Pisciotta said.

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly hosted a panel to discuss the boycott, as well.

This year’s boycott is just the latest effort by conservatives to marginalize the Girl Scouts for its support of perceived liberal causes, including its policy on transgender members and its promotion of feminist role models.

The Girl Scouts responded to the call for boycott by apologizing Wednesday on its blog, saying “to be clear, Girl Scouts has not endorsed any person or organization.”

Watch this Fox News panel posted online by MyGirlScoutCouncil:

[Image via Flickr/Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio]

 
 
 
 
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