It s a sidewalk staple this time of the year. Sweet tasting Girl Scout cookies sold to benefit a long respected organization. However, this year s cookie campaign is off to a controversial start.
It all started after the Girl Scouts national organization tweeted a link to an article titled These Incredible Ladies Should Be Women of the Year for 2013. The anti-abortion Texas group, Pro-Life Waco, did not like that state senator Wendy Davis was on that list and the group said it opposes, what it viewed, as a position from the Girl Scout Organization that advocates pro abortion leaders.
Because of that, Pro-Life Waco has now spearheaded a boycott of the Girl Scout s sweet treats called cookiecott 2014.
It wasn t a tweet endorsing any one person or position. It was just a tweet starting the conversation of who would you add? Who else would you add to this list of incredible women of 2013? We want to start a dialogue, said Stephanie Finleon of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas.
Finleon said the local branch of the organization has since had to warn girls and parents to be careful when selling cookies.
We ve had a couple of instances where people who are not connected to Girl Scouts have read something online, or heard something they re approaching our girls, who are young, anywhere from 5 to 18 years old and talking to them calling them baby killers and things like that which is not appropriate, Finleon.
Kathy Seastrunk used to be a scout leader for her daughter s troop, but said her family left the scouts for philosophical reasons and started boycotting the cookies years ago.
We had concerns about the ideological issues the Girl Scouts and the way it seemed the national organization was moving away towards away from traditional family values that we didn t want to support, said Seastrunk.
The Girls Scouts organization said it does not make political endorsements or tell girls what to believe in. As for cookies, Finleon said it s too early to tell if the boycott has effected sales.