I recently took out out a rather large personal home improvement cookie loan because my good friend BAC over at Yikes!
sent me a link that promised that "Girl Scouts are selling you lesbian, baby-killing feminist militia cookies."
Imagine my joy when I heard that Girl Scout were guilty of crimes involving issues of moral turpitude and loose values. I found that Girl Scout Cookies all all the more delicious upon finding that their rich, creamy goodness is actually filled with rich, creamy badness!
I was quite enjoying my rather large purchase of lesbian Girl Scout Cookies now that I know that Girl Scouts are hellbent on destroying American values, I must say. (Especially the Thin Mints and the Tagalongs. Mmm! Delicious islamo-fascist, pro-abortion goodness!)
My Anti-Jesus Pagan Girl Scout Cookies are helping me to watch my waistline as well, because everyone knows that cookies that are bought for a noble cause have no calories. Also, I am helping to fight Global Warming! (Girl Scouts are green, you know.)
I was sure that the story was true, because the Googly-Moogly had over 78,900 links that supported the story. Yay! Girl Scouts are man-hating pro-abortion lesbo-atheists!
[ 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, etc.
And then my world came crumbling down around me like a mint-flavored chocolate wafer lightly dipped in chocolate. (Thin mints are my favorite!)
Much to my chagrin, I found out that the whole story is a fabrication perpetrated by Patti Garibay, the Executive Director of American Heritage Girls, Inc.
This organization is a rival scouting program for girls, a "Christ-centered character development program dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God".
The story was further propagated by James Dobson and the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM). [ 1, 2
] Mr. Dobson is something of a colorful character in his own right. [ 1 2, 3
At this point my running mate, Germaine Gregarious, and I decided to investigate...
...But the very first element that is displayed in the Flash element of the American Heritage Girls web page advertises a DVD from a private corporation, bigidea.com
So it would seem that Patti Garibay and the leaders of the American Heritage Girls are promoting the use of giant vegetables to their charges in order to bolster the rather laudable idea that true beauty is within:
New Partnerships Formed, Share Common Message On "True Beauty"
Through VeggieTales new DVD, Sweetpea Beauty. Now girls will have the opportunity to earn a Sweetpea True Beauty activity patch
by completing projects on the "True Beauty Guide" made available on bigidea.com
Big Idea is partnering with American Heritage Girls, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. Now girls will have the opportunity to earn a Sweetpea True Beauty activity patch by completing projects on the "True Beauty Guide" made available on bigidea.com and ahgonline.org.
To earn this merit badge (that is apparently chock full of self-esteem) the young American Heritage Girl must host a True Beauty Princess Party. It turns out that gaining self-esteem involves playing dress-up, wearing tiaras, candy and Tea Parties:
Sweetpea Beauty resources are wonderful tools for helping your girls earn their Daughter of the King Badge, and a fun Sweetpea True Beauty activity patch too! Here are some ideas for incorporating True Beauty with your Troop!
Host a True Beauty Princess Party or Sleepover
Order a Sweetpea event kit from Big Idea and show the Sweetpea Beauty DVD to the group.
Create a princess theme – everything pink, play dress-up, serve refreshments in teacups, offer sweets, and decorate tiaras as a craft project.
Review the True Beauty guide with the group and consider the project ideas below to support the lessons on the guide. Choose one or more for the group to do together at the Princess Party.
Include older girls in the planning process – they can mentor the younger "princesses" and earn their Daughter of the King badge as well.
What is interesting to note is not so much that the American Heritage Girls were blatantly promoting a corporate vegetable based product to their young girls, but that they have actually made these products part of the American Heritage Girls curriculum. According to their website, parents of American Heritage Girls must buy various products so that their daughters can earn a merit badge about self-esteem:
Now girls will have the opportunity to earn a Sweetpea True Beauty activity patch
by completing projects on the "True Beauty Guide" made available on www.bigidea.com
and www.ahgonline.org. How to Earn a Sweet Pea Beauty Patch with your Troop
Step 1: Visit www.bigidea.com
to order your copy of Sweetpea Beauty
(information on this just-for-girls show can be found below)
Step 2: Download the "True Beauty Guide"
and the exclusive "AHG Beauty Guide"
Step 3: Plan a special event, such as a Princess Sleepover to complete patch requirements (this patch is a great complement to the Daughter of the King Badge, and an event can easily incorporate both!)
Step 4: Once complete, visit www.bigidea.com to order your Troop's Sweetpea Beauty Patch (available for pre-order now with shipments sent beginning October 2010)
A merit badge about self-esteem is only a few credit card purchases away!
See the Daughter of the King badge ideas for more creative ways to teach these lessons to your Troop!
True Beauty support items available at www.bigidea.com:
Sweetpea Beauty event kit
(DVD, guide, posters, stickers, balloons, etc)
Sweetpea Beauty DVD
Sweetpea Beauty Songs for Girls CD
Sweetpea Beauty digital watch, t-shirt, and posters
365 Bedtime Devotions for Girls
Some of the products that the American Heritage Girls website wants the parents of American Heritage Girls to buy to boost their self-esteem are: Sweetpea Beauty Veggietales DVD ($14.99), Sweetpea Beauty Songs for Girls CD Sweetpea Beauty Shirt, Pink ($9.99), VeggieTales: SweetPea Beauty 100-pc Puzzle ($5.99), Sweetpea Beauty VeggieTales Wrist Watch ($4.39), Sweetpea Beauty Show Poster ($12.99), Sweetpea Extra Event Advertising Poster ($4.99), Sweetpea Balloons ($7.99), Sweetpea Beauty VeggieTales Backpack US ($19.95), Sweetpea Beauty Church Kit ($19.99), Sweetpea Beauty Sticker Roll ($7.99), Sweetpea Beauty Pink T-Shirt ($11.99), Sweetpea Beauty Dinnerware Set ($12.99) Extra Sweetpea Beauty Event Disc ($14.99), Sweetpea Beauty Plush Toy ($14.99), Prince Larry Plush ($14.99), Jibbitz Sweetpea Charm ($2.99)
and of course the actual Sweetpea True Beauty activity patch itself, the Sweetpea Iron-On Woven Patch ($3.99).
And what is the message of this magical tale that the American Heritage Girls says will improve a young girls appraisal of her own worth?
Once upon a time, there lived a royally sour blueberry, a fair rhubarb maiden and a dastardly deceptive mirror! Sweetpea Beauty knows that what's on the inside is what matters most, but insecure Queen Blueberry can't see past her own reflection! So, when a decree is handed down that only the most beautiful can rule the land, the Queen gets nervous and things turn ugly! Banished to the dark forest, Sweetpea's fate seems bleak until a charming prince, a band of merry minstrels and seven snow peas come to the rescue! Will Sweetpea and her friends be able to warn the Queen in time to save her from the clutches of the tricky mirror – or will the crumbling kingdom and the Queen's own heart be lost forever? Find out in this fairy "Veggie" tale about the real meaning of true beauty. [ 1, 2, 3
As near as I can tell, the moral of this tale is that a girl should not really feel capable of handling her own problems, and should instead wait until a charming cucumber arrives to solve all of her problems for her.
This rather ridiculous scenario is particularly disturbing in the light of the fact that both Veggietales and the American Heritage Girls are putting forth this message under the guise that this message is what Jesus wants young girls to feel about themselves. It also seems a bit odd that part of this "Jesus inspired" self-esteem narrative involves spending lots of money.
I am sickened by the thought of Patti Garibay and the leaders of the American Heritage Girls using James Dobson and the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute to besmirch the good name of the Girl Scouts of America and Jesus in order to promote their own corporate agenda. This is especially galling because no one is paying the same amount of attention to the Patti Garibay and her lies, manipulation and complete lack of cookies.
And this bit is kind of odd: The Executive Director at American Heritage Girls, Inc., Patti Garibay,
was involved in a lawsuit
] against Lightborne Publishing, Inc.
for insinuating in print that a bar called the Smokin' Monkey was a hangout for "skanks and thugs". A judge has dismissed the defamation lawsuit. (Lightborne Publishing, Inc. v. Citizens for Community Values et al.)
[ 2, 3
So Patti Garibay was once involved in a defamation lawsuit to defend a bar called the Smokin' Monkey from what she considered to be overly strong language from a newspaper, but feels no remorse about falsely accusing the Girl Scouts of America of distributing a Planned Parenthood sex guide at a UN Meeting and teaching young girls about Pagan stone labyrinths, world peace, global warming, yoga, avatars, smudging incense, Zen gardens and feminism, communism and lesbianism? [ 1
] (Wait a minute..."world peace"?)
As I mentioned above, the number of websites that is doing a Team Xerox about this false story is astounding. You can find a few lone voices of dissent, but they are few and far between:
(I think that the article that the author is referring to is this one.)
Fear Mongering Malarkey
Posted by rockingjamboree on May 18, 2009 11:35
Reading a quote from Buddha, doing a maze, or seeing Billy Jean King's name on a list of prominent women will not turn my daughter into a Gay Buddhist Communist! My daughter's faith, character and sense of self are stronger than that.
If MAZES are somehow Anti-Christian, why aren't Christian Groups protesting the Denny's Kid's Menu? This article is malarkey.
Promoting diversity is not Anti-Christian or Anti-American!
Gee, why would someone who is trying to start a Girl's Club in direct competition with GSA Cherry Pick through GSA literature in order to come up with some paranoid conspiracy theory of Anti-Christian Deviancy? Patti Garibay obviously has an agenda that she is trying to promote. Why is WND so blatantly promoting Patti Garibay?
I just attended my daughter's Bridging Ceremony into Junior Scouts. She carried the Flag. She recited the Pledge of Allegiance. It was a beautiful, Patriotic experience. My daughter has learned a lot about charity, honesty and yes, Patriotism from the GSA. WND and Patti Garibay's attempt to sully that with innuendo and fear is insulting.
This whole thing is getting out of hand, I say. Who will defend the Girl Scouts of America and their mission to destroy all that we hold sacred?
as anyone that has followed my presidential campaign knows, I like cake, ice cream and cookies, but I don't like vegetables. Please tell all of your friends about this injustice that is be perpetrated by Patti Garibay and the leaders of the American Heritage Girls to besmirch the good name of the Girl Scouts of America.
Don't just do it for the Girl Scouts...
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