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Girl Scouts’ Admission of Bobby Montoya, 7-Year-Old Transgender Girl, Prompts 3 Louisiana Troops to Disband

A decision by the Girl Scouts of Colorado to allow a transgendered girl to join her local troop has enraged Christian fundamentalists half a country away in Louisiana so much that they’re disbanding three Scout troops of their own in protest.

According to the Christian Post, the three Girl Scout troops are from Northlake Christian School in Lacombe, Louisiana. The leaders of those troops are incensed that Felisha Archuleta, a Denver, Colorado mom, successfully fought to get Bobby Montoya, her seven-year-old male-to-female transgendered daughter, into a local Scout troop. Bobby was initially denied admission to the Scouts, but the Girl Scouts of Colorado eventually came around and let her in.

Archuleta told ABC News that Bobby “was born in the wrong body” and that “no one would know” that she had “boy parts… unless they pulled [her] pants down.”

When a CNN reporter asked what kind of toys Montoya likes to play with, she responded like any normal 7-year-old girl: “Bratz, Barbie… I like any girl stuff,” she said.

Rachelle Trujillo, vice president of communication for the Girl Scouts of Colorado, told the Christian Post that her organization doesn’t “require proof of gender.”

“If a child identifies as a girl and the child’s family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout,” Trujillo said in a statement.

That seems pretty self-evident.

Alas, the fundamentalist bigots at the Northlake Christian School didn’t see it that way. Susan Bryant-Snure, one of the leaders who resigned over the Montoya’s inclusion in a troop 1,399 miles away, told Baptist Press that the decision to allow Montoya to join the Girl Scouts is “extremely confusing” and an “almost dangerous situation” for children.

“This goes against what we believe,” she said.

The Christian Post reports that Northlake is now considering joining American Heritage Girls (AHG), a group “dedicated to¬†mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country.”

AHG was founded in 1995 in reaction to a Girl Scouts decision to allow new members to substitute another word for “god” in their pledge.

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