Republican Rep. Bob Morris Apologizes to Girl Scouts, But Then Doesn’t

(The following is a cross-post, originally published on OneWhiteDuck.com)

This week’s face-palm moment was undoubtedly Rep. Bob Morris’ (R-Indiana) incendiary letter to the House of Representatives urging his fellow Congressmen and Congresswomen to vote down a resolution to celebrate the Girl Scouts’ 100 year anniversary.

The original letter – which has since been plastered and ridiculed across the internet – accused the all-girls leadership and friendship-building organization of being a “radicalized organization” that has been “subverted in the name of liberal progressive politics and the destruction of traditional American family values” by way of promoting feminism, Communism, and pro-choice sentiments in young girls.


Obviously having realized that his still-young term as Representative was taking a proverbial beating from just about everyone (Morris was the only Representative NOT to sign the resolution), he quickly attempted to turn steer the narrative away from political disaster.

In a seemingly-sincere statement issued yesterday, Morris wrote that his “words were emotional, reactionary, and inflammatory.”

“For that I sincerely apologize,” he continued. “I apologize to the Girl Scouts of Indiana and all of the girls and parents of Indiana who are participating in and running their Girl Scout organizations in a way that promotes leadership, community involvement and family values. I certainly should not have painted the entire Girl Scouts organization with such a wide brush.”

However, that is where the apology ends.

The freshman Congressman then proceeded to once again “paint” the organization “with such a wide brush” over its ill-contrived, apparently immoral allegiances.

“My conscience would not allow me to publicly endorse an organization that partners with Planned Parenthood – our State’s leading abortion provider. My family and I view abortion as the biggest evil of our time. And as Blessed Pope John Paul II said in his Encyclical Letter Evangelium Vitae, ‘every person sincerely open to truth and goodness can, by the light of reason and the hidden action of grace, come to recognize in the natural law written in the heart (cf. ROM 2:14-15) the sacred value of human life from its very beginning until its end, and can affirm the right of every human being to have this primary good respected to the highest degree.’ I hope that my stance will help to spread the Gospel of life. Perhaps it will cause the Girl Scouts USA to reconsider its policies.”

Let’s briefly examine this excerpt for perhaps it’s most unnerving aspect; particularly how a Congressional Representative in a supposedly secular, non-faith-related Democracy possesses the audacity to cite as political reference a) the Catholic Pope, and b) the Christian Bible as his reasonings against the “evil” ensconced by pro-choice citizens and their collective fight against the “Gospel of life.”

How this is different from – say – a high Imam in a Muslim theocracy in the third-world sands of a Middle East country reigning down Allah’s “law” on its citizens is beyond me.

This level of reasoning – or lack thereof – should have no place in our American Democracy. But sadly, there it is, and scores of like-minded, right-wing Americans will undoubtedly eat this garbage up as being on par with “real American values.”

Morris also implies in his statement that Planned Parenthood is somehow synonymous with abortion – yet another untruth being pushed through the annals of Republican politicos – while ignoring all the good that the organization does in fact provide for women and girls across the country of all creeds and color.

Further in his statement, Morris does seemingly contradict himself by citing the Girl Scouts’ partnership with Planned Parenthood as being “with regard to sex education for Girl Scouts” – with no mention of abortion – whereby the Girl Scouts, along with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, “openly promotes sex education and access to contraception and other ‘sexual and reproductive health services’ for young people.”

To this, Morris states that he “cannot, in good conscience, honor an organization that supports such policies.”

Policies which, no doubt, offer particularly important and vital health information and educational resources for young girls and women alike; resources that strongly oppose the Right’s claim to dominion over the bodies, rights and minds of the “lesser sex” as we have thoroughly been exposed to over recent weeks.

Sexual education, “reproductive health services” and other female health programs spearheaded by Planned Parenthood more often than not have little to nothing to do with abortion services. And yet, Morris’ “conscience” obviously channels the collective excrement of the Religious Right’s archaic stance against the rights and well-being of women while using the hot-button topic of abortion as a scapegoat to further its grossly antiquated agenda.

He himself called it the “biggest evil of our time.” Really, Bob? On a Richter scale of evil-ness – where Al Qaeda beheadings measure about a 5.7, genocides in Darfur maybe a 6, child sex-trafficking and other sexual abuse in American households around an 8 – you put unwanted and/or dangerous pregnancies at a 10?

Morris ends his statement ironically, stating: “It is my sincere hope that this statement will end the publicity with regard to my letter. I look forward to moving on to more important issues of state policy.”

As do we, Congressman. Do us all a favor and willfully remove yourself from office so that the thinking adults can have a shot at the whole “Democracy” thing.

– Joe Ascanio, www.OneWhiteDuck.com