Pastor Urges Cookie Boycott Because the Girl Scouts Promote “Lesbianism”
It’s almost that sacred time of year when girls in unique brown or green uniforms adorned with badges sell their beloved cookies. Yes, it’s almost Girl Scout cookie season and with that comes one of the most ridiculous news (I use that term lightly) stories I think I have read in quite some time. Pastor (again I use the term lightly) Kevin Swanson has taken to the airwaves on his radio show to ask or in his words “beg people” to avoid buying Girl Scout cookies because…wait for it….the Girl Scouts promote lesbianism. According to Swanson the Girl Scouts of America is a “wicked organization that doesn’t promote godly womanhood.” Swanson continues by saying “Please, I beg of you, stop buying Girl Scout cookies. I’d say you ought to say no to the Girl Scout cookies,” Swanson told listeners. “I don’t want to support lesbianism, I don’t want to support Planned Parenthood and I don’t want to support abortion, and if that be the case I’m not buying Girl Scout cookies.”
Naturally, I had to research this topic and what I found was astounding…and not in a good way. According to Swanson and his co-host Dave Buehner, the Girl Scout cookies are a form of pagan idolatry. The transcripts of their recent rant on the show reveal that both Swanson and Buehner believe that the vision of the Girl Scouts of America is antithetical to a biblical vision for womanhood AND that girls shouldn’t be out selling cookies because in addition to the organization’s ungodly vision of womanhood, selling cookies could teach little girls the unbiblical notion that it’s OK to be “a woman who is going to compete with men in the marketplace.” They believe that good Christians should teach their daughters to grow up to be “a woman who will be a helpmate to a man so he can compete in the marketplace.” I had to stop. I couldn’t read anymore.
I believe it is necessary to empower girls and young women and teach skills that will enable them to be completely sufficient in our world today. The idea of being a helpmate to a husband cannot be defined in the Biblical sense in which these men are suggesting; I am my husband’s partner not his helpmate. With a divorce rate of nearly 50% in our country what are women supposed to do when their marriage fails and they are left behind to raise children and take care of themselves. Without an education and skills women would be totally lost. And with young people choosing not to get married until later in their life or not at all how are these women supposed to survive? We don’t live in Bible times and unfortunately we do not live in a society where women can afford to stay home and be their husband’s helpmate.
And as far as Girl Scouts promoting and supporting lesbianism, Planned Parenthood and abortion, well that’s just not true; it’s just plain silly. I was a Girl Scout leader for four years and not once was I ever encouraged to promote homosexuality to my girls. Not once did I talk about Planned Parenthood or abortion. I think the real problem these men have is that they are afraid of strong independent women who make them feel inferior. Hiding behind their so called Biblical teachings and skewed vision of who or what women should be generates a feeling of power and authority over the so-called weaker sex. Standing behind a pulpit and promoting hate toward others as Biblical teaching as a pastor I believe is unethical and morally wrong. Kevin Swanson is a coward who fears women and in order to feel good about himself he has conjured up this half-cocked idea that selling Girl Scout cookies is a bad thing. Kevin Swanson is a poor representation of the Christian faith. Good Christians help one another up not push them to the ground, which is what I believe he is doing.
To Kevin Swanson and all those who follow his unethical approach to Christianity, faith teaching and Godly living, I welcome the opportunity to introduce you to a few strong empowered young women who live wholesome lives giving to others and making a positive difference in the lives of others who just happened to be former Girl Scouts - I am one of them. For me, I am looking forward to support the Girl Scouts by buying their cookies and I may even buy more just because I can!