Indiana State Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne, is digging in his heels on claims that the Girl Scouts of America are a "radicalized organization."
In an interview Tuesday with RTV6's Chris Proffitt, Morris said his decision to lobby other lawmakers to oppose a nonbinding resolution celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts was based on online research.
In a letter to his Republican cohorts in the House, Morris referred to World Net Daily, a conservative website some consider to be on the far-right fringe, to back his claims that the organization promotes homosexuality and "is a tactical arm of Planned Parenthood."
"What I suggest and urge parents to do is do their own research. That's what my wife and I did," Morris said. "My family pulled my two girls out of Girl Scouts yesterday, and we're going to put them in the American Heritage Girl Little Flowers organization. That's what my family stands for."
According to its website, the American Heritage Girl organization was founded in Ohio in 1995 by parents who were "disillusioned with the increasing secular focus of existing organizations for girls."
"Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of Girl Scout troops in this country, there are good leaders that run these organizations. If you look on the national level and where the money goes, that was my concern," Morris said.
Morris said he hadn't heard calls to apologize to the Girl Scouts.
"The Girl Scouts of America don't stand for anything. They let those girls do what they want in their troop meetings," he said.
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma was eating and passing out Thin Mints in the halls of the Statehouse as RTV6's interview was conducted. Morris said he isn't deterred by those who have differing views of the Girl Scouts.
"Each of us have our own beliefs. Many of my colleagues support me," Morris said. "My wife and I believe strongly in the stance that we've taken."
Planned Parenthood of Indiana issued a statement Tuesday afternoon denying a partnership with the Girl Scouts, calling Morris' comments "inflammatory, misleading, woefully inaccurate and harmful."
"On the national level, inflammatory and generally inaccurate claims about a partnership between the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood have been promoted primarily by anti-choice lawmakers seeking to place pressure on organizations to disassociate or distance themselves from Planned Parenthood," read part of a statement from Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana.
Morris was elected to the Indiana House in 2010, representing the 84th district.
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