Target: Pastor Kevin Swanson
Goal: Call out Kevin Swanson for absurd statements about the Girl Scouts Organization
Recently, fanatical right-wing activist Kevin Swanson took to the air waves begging the nation to start a boycott against The Girl Scouts, claiming that the organization perpetuates homosexuality and feminism. During the segment, Swanson pleads with listeners to abstain from buying ‘wicked cookies’ calling them ‘food offered to idols.’
He went on to accuse the Girl Scouts of America of supporting lesbianism, Planned Parenthood and abortion, and preached that the organization doesn’t promote ‘godly womanhood.’ In Swanson’s eyes, the mission of promoting independence, confidence and intelligence is ‘antithetical to a biblical vision for womanhood.’ He further stated that mothers should teach their daughters how to be ‘a woman who will be a help to a man so he can compete in the marketplace’ instead of competing in the marketplace for herself. Apparently, independent women are ‘dangerous’ women.
The segment continued with petty jabs to the organization about its supporters, such as musician Sara Bareilles who is an LGBT supporter and Houston Mayor Annise Parker who is the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city. The pastor’s tangent on Generation Radio ended with crass comments about the Girl Scouts’ most recent convention which featured Sara Bereilles and Mayor Annise Parker as well as her partner who also happens to be the treasurer for Planned Parenthood. In his closing statements Swanson declares that ‘there is an unholy alliance between the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood…[the organization] is nothing but a vehicle [for] engaging [people] to take part in the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.’
By signing this petition, you’ll let Pastor Kevin Swanson know that his bigoted, homophobic, misogynistic and archaic beliefs, as well as his rant against the Girls Scouts of America, are extremely offensive and completely unnecessary.
Dear Kevin Swanson,
Your recent segment on Generations Radio, pleading to the American people to boycott the Girl Scouts organization, was embarrassingly unfounded and very hateful. To claim that an organization like the Girl Scouts of America supports abortion, lesbianism and even communism is not only upsetting but laughable.
The Girl Scouts have, for many years, taught women the fundamentals of independence, valor, sisterhood and character, but your extremism leads you to believe that women should remain subservient, passive and dependent on men to lead fruitful lives. This kind of thinking is quite archaic and, to put it bluntly, half-baked. Feminism empowers and not all feminists are members of the LGBT community. Your obliviousness is what continues to perpetuate ignorance about the LGBT community and, as a Christian, to garner so much hate and fear in your heart for a group of people shouldn’t sit well with you at all. Last time I checked, Christianity teaches acceptance and understanding, not abhorrence and chastity.
Furthermore, I suggest that you take some time to revisit the mission of The Girl Scouts. It is obvious that you hold animosity towards women who pride themselves on their ability to be self-sufficient. The thought that you believe sovereignty to be sinful is questionable and I do hope, that one day, you realize the error in your ways and stop using your religion as a crutch; justifying your outrageous behavior and extreme prejudice.
[Your Name Here]
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