Under Pressure, Girl Scouts Apologize

girl scoutsAs a nationwide cookie boycott gains traction, officials at Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) have issued an apology for endorsing pro-abortion Texas state senator Wendy Davis as a possible contender for woman of the year.

Writing for Breitbart News, Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute says the latest firestorm regarding the Girl Scouts could not have come at a worse time – right in the middle of their cookie-selling season that nets the organization somewhere around $700 million a year.

Officials at GSUSA were forced to do at least some damage control by issuing an apology in which they appear to be blaming evolving technology for their latest misstep:

“In December of 2013, Girl Scouts of the USA shared an auto-populated tweet, asking our social media audience to share their opinions about who should have been recognized in a discussion about 2013’s noteworthy women. While our intentions were good, many of our followers and the public at large raised concerns about the content they were driven to via our social channels. We listened, and would like to take a moment to sincerely apologize to anyone we have offended. We are truly sorry,” the organization stated.

girl scout“To be clear, Girl Scouts has not endorsed any person or organization. As our methods of communication evolve with technology, the mission of Girl Scouts remains the same: to continue building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”

Christy Volanski, former Girl Scout mom who has been a vocal opponent of the dangerous new direction being taken by the Girl Scouts’ liberal leadership, was not impressed with the apology.

“As a former Girl Scout leader and supporter, Girl Scouts’ empty apology does not impress me,” she told Breitbart. “Girl Scouts tweet promoting Sen. Davis for her abortion rights advocacy is just one of a multitude of examples of the Girl Scouts featuring pro-abortion women and organizations to girl members.”

She added: “And if the Girl Scout organization is ‘truly sorry,’ why is the offending tweet, referring girls to a HuffPo video praising Sen. Davis and abortion rights, still up on GSUSA’s twitter page?”

Ann Saladin, who created the website MyGirlScoutCouncil.org which tells parents exactly which Girl Scout councils are affiliated with Planned Parenthood, told Breitbart News she wasn’t buying the apology either:

“Another example of empty words. Tweet is still posted. . . . An apology now, 6 weeks later…..just days before ‘National Girl Scout Cookie Day’? Hmmm, wonder if what they’re sorry about is the drop in cookie sales? Still good on Sebelius as a 2013 woman with ‘courage, confidence, and character.’ So I guess they only backtrack on the offenses that get widely picked up. Sick.”

John Pisciotta of Pro-Life Waco who spearheaded the 2014 “CookieCott”, says the apology will have no effect on the ongoing boycott.

“Girl Scouts USA apologizes only when they are damaged by what they say and do,” Pisciotta told Breitbart. “It is totally clear that for Girl Scouts USA and many councils, their thinking is not anywhere near respect for the pre-born lives of future Girl Scouts.”

The CookieCott is in full swing and has been joined by several national pro-life groups. Click here for more information.

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