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Last updated on Tuesday, February 21, 2012
(INDIANAPOLIS) - Girl Scouts draw most of their attention this time of year because of their cookies.
But this morning, people are in a heated debate online about whether the Girl Scouts are a "radical" organization.
An Indiana lawmaker is the center of this controversy for comments he made to connect the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood. And it's an issue that's blowing up nation-wide.
In a letter to fellow Republicans, Representative Bob Morris of Fort Wayne said, "After talking to some well-informed constituents, I did a small amount of web-based research, and what I found is disturbing."
"The Girl Scouts of America and their worldwide partner, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), have entered into a close strategic affiliation with Planned Parenthood," Morris wrote.
He added that there's no evidence of this affiliation on websites for the Girl Scouts, and that the organizations deny funding Planned Parenthood.
This all came as an explanation why Morris would not support a resolution celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girls Scouts, what he called a "radicalized organization."
Morris points to the national organization, saying, "In the Girl Scouts education seminar, girls are directed to study the example of role models."
"Of the fifty role models listed, only three have a briefly-mentioned religious background - all the rest are feminists, lesbians, or Communists."
"The Honorary President of Girl Scouts of America is Michelle Obama, and the Obamas are radically pro-abortion and vigorously support the agenda of Planned Parenthood, (that) should give each of us reason to pause before our individual or collective endorsement of the organization."
The Huffington Post picked up on this story, as has the Associated Press.
As you might guess, Morris' remarks are stirring some heated reaction on social media.
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