“An Arizona college student quit her job with the Girl Scouts after being asked to turn her pro-life t-shirt inside out because of its message,” reports the Christian Post, ”an incident not shocking to a previous member of the organization.
“I believe unfortunate situations like this will continue to arise, especially as people discover the truth about Girl Scouts’ values,” said Sydney Volanski, a former Girl Scouts member who left due to the organization’s pro-choice stance. “I can see a cycle forming: as more people know the truth, more people stand for their beliefs and get criticized; as more people get criticized, more people know the truth.”
The incident involved Renise Rodriguez, a 21-year-old Girl Experience Associate for the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona in Tuscon. She was wearing a “Pray to End Abortion” shirt when she went into the office during off-duty hours to prepare materials for a meeting. It was there that she was told twice by a supervisor to turn her shirt inside out if she planned to stay in the office or attend a troop meeting, according to Priests for Life.
“I started to get emotional because of the way I was treated so I left without preparing for the meeting and told my co-worker that she would have to get the stuff together,” the religious studies major shared. “As I was driving out, I called a friend crying and told her the story. I was so shocked at the way I was treated.”
After thinking about what happened during the rest of the day, Rodriguez decided to write a letter of resignation the next day, not specifying what happened.
She planned to discuss with another supervisor the reason for his resignation during her formal exit interview.
Debbie Rich, CEO of Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, has tried to spin the story as one of lack of understanding and lost opportunity on Rodriguez’s part:
“We are disappointed that she would rather quit this opportunity to be a role model to these young girls from her troops, than to adopt the Girl Scouts’ dress code to not wear shirts with political, social or commercial messages. Our council is saddened by this decision and hope that she will reconsider.”
On the contrary, Miss Rodriguez is a shining example to those young women of how not to be bullied by agenda-driven corporate management, and also how to resign from a compromised position as soon as you find out its rules and values are stacked against Christian morality.
“As a troop member, I was never told that I couldn’t wear shirts with a political, social, or commercial message, and neither was my mother, a leader,” Volanski shared. “This is not a question of adopting dress code. This is a question of standing up for one’s beliefs. It is that that shows Ms. Rodriguez to be a strong woman of honesty and courage.”
In 1995, a group of concerned Christians left the Girl Scouts in protest over its pro-choice agenda. The started a rival organization American Heritage Girls which upholds conservative Christian values. Those interested in leaving the Girl Scouts over its agenda may wish to review this organization, search for others like it, or start your own.