A lone legislator has made Indiana the butt of a national joke.
The insane contention by Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne, that Girl Scouts is a radical organization that promotes abortions and homosexuality however, is not funny.
Morris, who hardly marked himself as a candidate for MENSA status, made his over-the-top assertion by asking his fellow House members to not sign a resolution recognizing the organization’s 100th anniversary this year.
In a letter sent to his colleagues, the legislator said he based his advice on “abundant evidence,” which in his mind confirmed his beliefs.
He did admit that the source for this evidence was the Internet, hardly a wellspring of ironclad and irrefutable information.
To their credit, his fellow House members ignored his call, each signing the resolution.
The leader of his party in the House, Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, went even further in putting down the Fort Wayne lawmaker, pointedly munching Girl Scout Thin Mints while presiding over a House session and telling reporters that he had personally purchased 278 boxes of the legendary cookies in the period following Morris’ odd letter.
In some respects, Bosma’s reaction was a refreshing assurance that the State of Indiana has not reverted to the Dark Ages, but this whole incident illustrates some disturbing realities about our open society.
One is that an elected public official would act in such an idiotic manner based on information he had acquired from the Internet.
The Internet is one of the greatest advances in social development and provides an array of benefits.
Unfortunately, it is accessible to everyone, and material posted is unfiltered and unchecked for accuracy.
Morris apparently accepted what he saw as fact and acted upon it.
The result was an assault on a highly respected organization that has had a positive effect on literally millions of lives.
Sadly, Morris is not alone in his peculiar beliefs Although his colleagues in the House correctly turned their backs on his ridiculous effort, he is part of a disturbing movement, which acts upon false and misleading information in efforts to convert others to their cause.
Sadly, this particular individual was elected to office by the people of his district.
It is a decision that they might want to revisit in the next election.
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