More Samoas for Me, Then …

Seriously, I love how they come in those single-serving boxes.

So just the other day I heard that some 14 year old girl posted a video on YouTube pushing for a boycott of Girl Scout cookies because they had the temerity to allow a 7-year old transgender child into the ranks.

For a little bit of background, the individual in question was born (anatomically) male with the name of Robert Montoya (no relation):

Bobby is a 7-year-old boy. His mother refers to him as a “he,” but Bobby dresses and behaves like a girl.

“Bobby identifies as a girl, and he’s a boy,” Felisha Archuleta, Bobby’s mom, said. “He’s been doing this since he was about 2 years old. He’s loved girl stuff, so we just let him dress how he wants, as long as he’s happy.”

Recently, Archuleta wanted to sign Bobby up for Girl Scouts. His older sister did it, and Bobby really wanted to join. Archuleta told 9NEWS when she brought Bobby to register, a troop leader told her Bobby couldn’t join.

Shortly thereafter, the decision was reversed by the Girl Scouts of Colorado, issuing this statement:

“Girl Scouts is an inclusive organization and we accept all girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade as members. If a child identifies as a girl and the child’s family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout. Our requests for support of transgender kids have grown, and Girl Scouts of Colorado is working to best support these children, their families and the volunteers who serve them. In this case, an associate delivering our program was not aware of our approach. She contacted her supervisor, who immediately began working with the family to get the child involved and supported in Girl Scouts. We are accelerating our support systems and training so that we’re better able to serve all girls, families and volunteers.”

That decision obviously isn’t sitting well with some people. Care to guess who?

Jeff Johnston, a social issues analyst specializing in homosexuality and sexuality in the Public Policy Department of Focus on the Family, a Colorado-based global ministry, said the Girl Scouts’ practice of admitting transgendered children will lead to growing societal confusion about gender. Strong cultural campaigns are already under way to teach that gender doesn’t matter and to promote more than two genders, Johnston said.

“It creates confusion for children,” he said, pointing out that mothers in Colorado have already contacted Focus on the Family to express concern about Girl Scouts attending camping trips with boys pretending to be girls.

Boys “pretending” to be girls? I am far from knowledgeable on the gender identity issue from either a sociological or a psychological perspective, but even I know that being transgender consists of a little more than “pretending” to be one over the other. Then again, I shouldn’t expect any kind of honesty from an organization that not only doesn’t bother to understand the facts, but deliberately manipulates and misrepresents them in a pathetic attempt to support their own bigotry. For example:

  1. ^ M., J.. “Experts say Dobson’s Time column distorted their research to denounce same-sex parents”. Media Matters for America. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b Paulson, Steven K. (2006-08-17). “Gay Rights Group: Dobson Manipulated Data”. Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-05-21.
  3. ^ “Dobson’s FOF Distorts Research, Says NYU Sociology Professor”. Church & State. September 2006.
  4. ^ “James Dobson Slammed for Distorting Facts on Gay Families in Time Magazine”. Edge Boston. December 15, 2006.
  5. ^ a b Birkey, Andy. “Minnesota researcher claims Focus on the Family misrepresented his work”. The Minnesota Independent. The American Independent News Network. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  6. ^ Gorham, Beth (June 19, 2006). “B.C. researcher says American group distorting her research on teen suicide”. Canada Press.
  7. ^ a b Besen, Wayne (December 28, 2006). “Science Strikes Back”. San Francisco Bay Times.

Anyway, back to Mr. Science:

“Having a boy there would be inappropriate and would add to the confusion they’re already presenting the girls with,” Johnston said. He encouraged churches and other Christian groups who host scout troops to investigate Girl Scout policies on the issue of admitting transgendered children.

“Churches in general shouldn’t cater to the confusion,” Johnston said. “It’s part of biblical truth that God made us male and female in His image.”

You want biblical truth?  The one that condones rape, slavery, genocide, and child abuse?  What about people who are born with not two sex chromosomes, but three or more?  Hell, even Jesus acknowledged their existence – as they were likely understood at the time – in Matthew 19:12. What about girls whose parents have divorced and remarried? What about single parent households? All of these situations involve biblical “truth” – either as spelled out in the bible or according to FotF’s interpretation. I assume, then, that there is the same outrage at their inclusion … because otherwise, the church would be “catering to confusion”, right?

I forgot … people like you prefer the Boy Scouts of America, which claims:

“Boy Scouts of America believes that homosexual conduct is inconsistent with the obligations in the Scout Oath and Scout Law to be morally straight and clean in thought, word, and deed. The conduct of youth members must be in compliance with the Scout Oath and Law, and membership in Boy Scouts of America is contingent upon the willingness to accept Scouting’s values and beliefs. Most boys join Scouting when they are 10 or 11 years old. As they continue in the program, all Scouts are expected to take leadership positions. In the unlikely event that an older boy were to hold himself out as homosexual, he would not be able to continue in a youth leadership position.”

“Morally Straight”. Archived from the original on 2010-02-06. Retrieved May 25, 2008.

… even if reality doesn’t come close to agreeing with you.  We go now to the YouTube video from Young Michelle Malkin:

… oh wait … it’s now “private”. Cowards.  Here’s a link to a news site that saved the video. Good work, New York Daily News!!

I don’t blame you if you don’t want to watch the whole thing. A lot of it is a selection of quotes from the GSUSA’s charter and from Rachelle Trujillo, vice president for communications of the Colorado Girl Scouts. Nothing wrong there, but when Taylor tries to demonstrate that they’re going against these principles by accepting a transgender child, it really stops making sense. The three main points brought up were the “safety of the children”, GSUSA now accepting males, and their “deceptive” practices in not outing every transgender member to ignorant slobs like Taylor(‘s parents).

First of all, history tells us that if safety were going to be cited as a reason not to include transgender children into an organization, it would be for their own. There is a serious – and worldwide – problem of violence (assaults, rape, murder) against LGBT individuals, and it’s pretty dishonest to claim that they would be the ones to worry about in this situation. Given people like Taylor – and the assumptions I’m making about her parents – I would worry a lot more about what they would do than people like Bobby Montoya.

Second, this is not about a girls-only organization accepting a male as a member. They made it clear that if someone identified as female – and their family also acknowledged them as such – then they would be allowed to join. This kind of fear is the result of not understanding what being transgender is.

Third, and probably the most ironic, is the accusation that GSUSA is being “dishonest” or “deceptive” about not disclosing the identities of other transgender members. Really, I wonder why. It couldn’t possibly be due to people like Taylor who is calling for boycotts over YouTube.   I think the higher-ups understood that these children would be subject to the very discrimination, ignorance, and prejudice being displayed by young Taylor (and her family) and wanted to keep them … well … safe from it.

Speaking of deception, having your kid make a YouTube video to peddle your own bigotry makes you the true offender here.

Other people are responding to this “outrage” by taking their marbles and going home.

Susan Bryant-Snure of Lacombe, La., is one of three troop leaders at Northlake Christian School who resigned and are dismantling their troops because the policy is in conflict with that of the host school. Her three daughters, ages 10, 6 and 4, are among 25 girls who had been active scouts there.

Instead, Northlake is investigating aligning with American Heritage Girls, a group organized in 1995 in protest to the Girl Scouts’ decision to allow scouts to replace the word “God” in scout teachings with a word representing a personal image of God, such as a “higher being,” “Allah” or “Buddha.”

But the fact that the GSUSA has been inclusive of lesbians didn’t seem to bother her? I thought homosexuality was mentioned in the bible somewhere, at least according to the people who keep going on about how icky it is.

If it’s any lesson to be learned from the behavior of people like this – and anyone who complains about “anti-Christian bigotry”, it’s that some people can’t look past the tips of their own noses to realize there is a world out there completely different from them or their beliefs, and hating it all because some Bronze Age book allegedly tells them to is a feeble excuse for their own shortcomings.

Meanwhile I am going to buy a wholly irresponsible amount of Samoas and Thin Mints.  I seriously think they sprinkle crack on those things.

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2 Responses to More Samoas for Me, Then …

  1. C.diff says:

    *squint* We can’t replace “God” with “Allah”? a) Aren’t they the exact same deity, with interlocking stories etc., and 2) I thought the Bible (OMG THE BIBLE) doesn’t even use the word “God” to begin with.

    I also see a lot of female saints whose much-lauded histories involve lookin’ and dressin’ like dudes. I guess that’s cool when you completely remove sex from the equation, as we assume one would for a *seven-year-old*, but when the Boy Scouts can’t resist bringing this shit up for minors (where you would theoretically like to put your genitals is germane to proving leadership by refinishing school furniture or planting a garden at a senior center) I just can’t assume anything. I’m tired and I need a cookie.

    • It’s stupid shit like this “controversy” that provides the justification for my buying an even larger number of GS cookies this year and not giving a dime to the Boy Scouts. I will likely need a gym membership after throwing back a box of Samoas per day for the better part of a month.

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