Skip to comments.Pro-life college student quits job with Girl Scouts over ‘end abortion’ t-shirt
Posted on 01/09/2012 7:16:38 AM PST by Morgana
TUCSON, Arizona, January 9, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - An Arizona college student who stopped in at her workplace wearing a pro-life t-shirt quit her job rather than obey a supervisor who ordered her to turn the Pray to End Abortion shirt inside out. Renise Rodriguez, a 21-year-old religious studies major at the University of Arizona, worked as a Girl Experience Associate for the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona in Tucson. When she went to her office on Jan. 3 during her off-duty hours to prepare materials for a meeting, she was told twice by a supervisor that if she planned to stay in the office, or attend a troop meeting, she would have to turn her shirt inside out.
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, Miss Rodriguez said. 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 contemplating it for the rest of that day, I decided to write my letter of resignation. Her letter did not specify her reason for resigning, but she plans to discuss it with another supervisor when she does her formal exit interview.
It is the courage and conviction of young people like Renise that gives us hope that we are closer than ever to winning this battle and bringing an end to child killing in America, said Bryan Kemper, Director of Youth Outreach for Priests for Life. Young heroes like Renise prove this generation is a pro-life generation.
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, applauded the young woman. What does the pro-life movement need the most right now? It is not large numbers of people who believe abortion is wrong; it is a small, courageous band of people who are willing to risk and sacrifice everything to end abortion, he said.
Renise is exactly that kind of person, who has not only the right attitude about abortion, but the passion it takes to make the protection of the unborn our number one priority! he added.
Noting the shirt Renise was wearing was designed by Stand True Ministry, a pro-life youth organization he founded, Kemper said, We will be sending her several more of our pro-life shirts to help her stand up and be a voice wherever she is.
What a courageous young person and from AZ at that!
Another reminder why the Republican pitch to Hispanics this year should be that a vote for a Democrat is a vote to fund the killing of babies in the womb. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.
Girl Scouts don’t believe in free speech.
Pray for America
If I were an Arizona businessman I would hire her in a heartbeat.
First, if her employer had a policy that t-shirts with messages were not allowed, she was wrong.
Second, GSA is NOT a Christian organization and it has worked with Planned Parenthood on preparing materials for girls. This young woman should have known that. If she feels so strongly about the wrongness of abortion, she shouldn’t have been working there.
She is not a hero for standing up. She is a fool for not knowing the organization she worked for better.
Agreed. I applaud her pro-life views, but, the incomplete story doesn’t tell us if ANY social/political message on clothes violates a dress code, or other code of behavior of the organization.
It’s been 15-16 years that I was teaching at a so-called Christian school. I had a school administation-approved, pro-life bulletin board in my class. Mind you, no pics, just bumper stickers, clips from NRLNews... I was called to the headmaster’s office and somehow I knew what was coming, so I searched a passage in my Bible and took it to the meeting. I was told, just like I expected, that I had to take my bulletin board down. I answered by reading Jer 20:9 “his word was in my heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary from holding it back, and I could not”. I told him if he wanted to take the bulletin board down, he would have to send somebody else, or do it himself. I reckon I was lucky they let me finish the semester, rather than being fired on the spot.
If she was working for the Boy Scouts of America and she showed up at a local Council office wearing such a T-shirt they would have told her exactly the same thing. Organizations such as the BSA and the GSUSA should not be in the business of projecting political or socially controversial messages. The fact that we happen to agree with the message doesn’t change that.
But...will never buy a cookie again. I'll bake my own first.
I hear laughing...Is that my kids??? Why are they laughing??
And yet, the Boy Scouts of America are castigated for not allowing homosexuals access to the Scouts!
Brave young lady. A shame she didn't go on the record as to why she was leaving, though.
Since there is no reason yet to suggest such a dress code exists there is no reason to believe this story is "incomplete".
Given what I've gathered about the Girl Scouts, I would guess that enforcement of such policies are extremely lopsided.
Finding abortion immoral is religious. Stating that you want to end it is political.
Would this supervisor have had any issue at all with a "Save the Whales", "OWS", or "NOW" shirt. I seriously doubt it.
Interesting how the Girl Scouts has gone Leftist, while the Boy Scouts are crucified for now allowing homosexual pedophiles to be Scout Masters.
Almost every workplace in the US has rules, similar to this. Try showing up to YOUR workplace with a shirt like that; and see how it goes. Most companies have a dress code that explicitly states that wearing shirts with a political/ religous or ‘hate’ message are prohibited while on company property.
She wore that shirt to work, to elicit an response. She got one, now she’s crying about it.
When you get a paycheck, you forfeit some of your ‘rights’. While at work, you don’t have the right to freely associate, you can’t write whatever you want, whenever you want, you can’t talk about whatever you want, whenever you want. You can’t decide to hold a religous ceremony any place you want, whenever you want.
Welcome to the workforce. You trade some of your personal freedoms for a paycheck. If at any time, you feel your personal freedoms are worth more to you than your paycheck; you are free to leave.
Chances are that if she wore a shirt with a Pro-Abortion message, she would have faced the same scenario. For those who have never held a job before, here’s a hint: “The Workplace is not the place to discuss politics or religion”.
Does the organization have a policy against all politically oriented messages on clothing? Is there a dress code for all staff?
First of all “Pray to end abortion” is not political it is religious. She was discriminated against by religion. There are laws against that.
Second this was her day off. It was “her time”.
Third having worked as a leader for the Girl scouts no there is no dress code unless you take into account the “dyke dress code” that most adopt.
There is a uniform you may wear if you wish but it is not enforced.
And yes the Girl Scouts does discriminate in other matters of dress ask me how I know!!!!
Now wait a minute. This was not a regular work day. This was her own time and her day off.
How many of you have ever gone to work on your day off? How were you dressed? Think about it. These were not normal office hours anyway.
I understand a “dress code” during normal office hours but when an employee comes in on their own time then that is way different. Often because they did not have time to change and was in a hurry to go from one place to the next.
Tell the Super, “There is no written policy that I’m violating and I’ll keep the shirt on.”
“Which part of the Girl Scout charter supports abortion?”
The only way to deal with nazis, bolsheviks, or American socialist revolutionaries is head on,,,, refuse to obey their bullcrap orders, and expose them. REFUSE,, and go about your business. Make them call the police. Smile and tell them they will be viral on youtube tomorrow.
When the hell in this country did it become acceptable to tell someone to turn a shirt inside out because it mentions prayer? Who is this commissar who told her to do so?
The Workplace is not the place to discuss politics or religion.
Are you a droid?
I believe the article said she dropped by on her day off to pick up some things. Seems to me her supervisor over reacted. Should she have worn the shirt later at the meeting? Perhaps not, but while there on her day off to gather a few items?
With all due respect, perhaps she was trying to work from within to change the organization. Not real effective, given the dominant culture there (lesbos and baby killers) but a valid effort nonetheless.
“When the hell in this country did it become acceptable to tell someone to turn a shirt inside out because it mentions prayer? Who is this commissar who told her to do so?”
In a right to work state you can be fired for any reason or no reason. Every employee, unless under contract, serves at the will of his/her employer.
She is not a hero for standing up. She is a fool for not knowing the organization she worked for better.
How do you think that the socialist have taken over all these organizations? From within. That is how they will be taken back..............
If she was doing work, it was not "her time".
“She wore that shirt to work, to elicit an response. She got one, now shes crying about it.
No, we can’t encourage people not to kill their babies because that is against the “rules”.
Screw your small minded rules! Murder is murder.
“Oh, I’m sorry officer... I couldn’t save the child from being run over by the car because that would have required me to walk on the grass - and walking on the grass is ‘against the rules’!”
>> hi, i'm hodar
>> welcome to the workforce
>>when you get a paycheck, you forfeit some of your rights.
>>If at any time, you feel your personal freedoms are worth more to you than your paycheck; you are free to leave.
>>Every employee, unless under contract, serves at the will of his/her employer.
>>And remember, the Workplace is not the place to discuss politics or religion.
>>I am hodar and I have been promoted.
Sorry you don’t like reality.
This is the way ‘real people’ live. We go to work, we do our jobs. Very few of us ‘enjoy’ the workplace; that’s why we are typically ‘paid’ to be there. We would really rather be doing something else, but we like to earn our wages.
But, hey; if the best you can do is personally attack me, I guess this is just in indicator that you have nothing worthwhile or anything dealing with any semblence of logic to debate with.
If you have a job; why not wear your “Abolish Abortion” or “Impeach Obama” T-shirt to work. Unless you run your own company and your customers never set foot inside your office; the odds are that you will be given the same choice this young woman was faced with.
You see, for us ‘Big Boys and Girls’; we understand that if YOU can wear shirts that offend others at work, everyone else can too. If everyone wears shirts that offend others; this increases difficulty in the workplace, alienates customers and contributes nothing at all positive.
So, do grow up.
If you have a job; feel free to break their 'small minded rules' to your heart's content. Maybe follow that up with a good "Screw you" too. I'm sure it will be as equally morally liberating, as it is financially devastating. Why, after your post to me; you would be a hypocrite to do anything else.
Who owns the office? Whether she was there on her own time, on her vacation or after her shift; she broke the Code of Conduct. She was warned, and refused to comply with the rules that everyone else has to live by. Now, she's enjoying the consequences of her actions - and crying about being discriminated against. Sorry, the rules that apply to her, apply to everyone. She was given a choice, and she made her decision. In retrospect, it was probably a foolish one.
Nope, I'm an intelligent person, who makes well above the norm salary-wise. I also know that in a "Right to work state", I can be fired for any or no reason at all. Thus, not being an idiot, I follow the rules. Perhaps you haven't been keeping current on the economy and the jobless claims.
Were you aware that we are in a recession/depression and that there are millions of unemployed? Did you know that because this young lady willingly quit, she's inelgible for unemployment insurance? Boy, she sure will be doing folks a lot of good now, huh? No job, in competition with millions of others for the next job. A work history that shows she stormed out and quit her previous job without notice, because she refused to comply with the company's Code of Conduct? So, how do you suppose she will pay for her car, apartment, medical, utilities, food and other living expenses? But, hey ... she wore a T-shirt and really showed 'them', right?
I agree. I sympathize with the girl's stance, but the office is not the place to voice them if you don't want repercussions. Now, if she can somehow show that other political/religious t-shirts were allowed and hers was banned, or if she were not violating a written policy, she might have an argument.
“If you have a job; feel free to break their ‘small minded rules’ to your heart’s content.”
It’s not about breaking rules for the sake of breaking rules, it’s about breaking man’s “laws” in order to keep God’s law.
Your attitude is that of a petty bureaucrat who will swallow any injustice for the sake of keeping in conformity to company policy.
Or are you bigger than that?
Let me ask you this... hypothetically speaking, would you “walk on the grass” to save a child’s life?
A little over-dramatic, huh? My teenage granddaughter is dramatic; but this takes the cake. Exactly, how many lives did that T-shirt save? (I'd wager that the number is exactly '0'). A message on a T-shirt does not really influence 'life decisions'; unless you are a moron. What it does do, is alienate and polarize people that are supposed to be working as a team. Seems relatively idiotic to me; if she had kept her job, and by using her personality to influence people, she could have accomplished what she/you and I all want. However, by making an adolscent 'scene' she now can be as influential as she wants to be as she begs for money on the street. As I indicated before; when you voluntarily quit your job, you are inelgible for Unemployment Benefits. Fundamentally, I also believe in "Free Will"; we will each be held accountable for what we say/do. For me to mandate a stance, I enslave you - which is fundamentally at odds with the concept of Liberty. We each have the 'right' to be as stupid as we want, and we will pay the price for our decisions.
I have a job, I have a family to support, and I also have been around long enough to realize that the workplace is not the place to discuss religion or politics. You see, we have no choice - we HAVE to be here. No one is entitled to create a hostile environment that others are forced to endure.
Now, if you want to create a hostile environment at your place of work (assuming you have a job); be my guest. However, I do have one minor suggestion for you. "Don't quit", force them to fire you. That way, you can at least have a hearing to determine your elgibility for Unemployment Insurance. It's a fraction of what you make if you have a job; but something is better than nothing.
So getting past the praddle about unemployment benefits and free will, let me ask you again...
Would you walk on the grass to save a childs life?
(Because it sounds like you would not.)
Funny, nobody said anything when I wore my "The Only Reason Some People Are Alive Is Because It's Against The Law To Kill Them" or "Be Patient, I'm Reloading!" shirt to work.
The Workplace is not the place to discuss politics or religion.
I would add it's best to keep it out of your barber shop/beauty parlor as well...
Most definitely. But, then again; I likely won't be fired for 'walking on the grass', will I? And 'walking on the grass' will save '0' livess, won't it? So, dramatics aside, what are you babbling about?
How does wearing a T-shirt save a child's life? Certainly you have some 'cause/effect' studies to show where a T-shirt has prevented abortions, don't you? Or, is it like wearing a freakin' ribbon? If I wear a freakin' ribbon, does it mean "I care" more than someone else? Wearing a ribbon, wearing a T-shirt; what is the difference? She wanted a reaction, she got a reaction - she was a fool.
I do not support the Homosexual agenda, never have. I don't agree with it, I find it a perversion. However, you will never see me wearing a T-shirt that says "God hates fags" either. Why? Because it's both stupid and counter-productive. I wouldn't wear it at home to clean my truck, I certainly wouldn't dream of wearing it to work. I wouldn't allow a shirt like that in my home - because it does more "FOR" the homosexual agenda, than it does against it.
Her shirt saved exactly '0' lives, just like wearing a pink ribbon cures '0' cases of Breast Cancer. What it did accomplish, was act as a catylist for her to emotionally deprive her of a means to earn a living - which is relatively stupid. She wasn't fired; she threw a temper tantrum and quit.
GSA stopped being pro-girl years ago.
Boycott Girl Scout Cookies!
We currently do Boy Scouts but I will have hard time paying dues to Girl Scouts if my daughter wants to join when older. Yes, the local charter may be nice local neighbors with similar morals but the national level of Girls Scouts seems a mess if you do a little digging. I hope some of these alternatives that are more inline with the BSA grow - American Heritage Girls
Man, if I wore that shirt to work; I think my co-workers would tackle me in the parking lot and rip it off me.
I work as a lead engineer for a contracting team; and our contract is under review every year. So, if one of us screws up; we all find ourselves without a job. If the reason that our company didn’t win a renewal, was due to a complaint about my attire - whatever company picked up the next contract, would most likely pick up the rest of the team, but not me.
Depending upon your employer, these rule may be incredably inflexable, or very lenient. When I worked in a high tech company (out of view of customers), we wore shorts and T-shirts on a daily basis. The only guides we had were that they could not be ‘hate’ T-shirts, nor condone violence (thus removing the “Halo” and other video game shirts). But, we knew better than to invoke either religion or politics. Our team consisted of Hindu, Christian, Buddhist and Jewish members. We got along great, but our T-shirts were personally screened by a fairly observant manager.
For those of you like me whose fave GS cookie is the “Thin Mint” — Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree have cookies that are packaged the same, and taste the same (without having to support GSA). They also have a “knock-off” of the peanut butter cookies, and the Samoas - just takes a little looking. The price is right (1.50/box at Family Dollar, 1.00 at DT) and so I’m a “happy camper” again! :)
Okay her “regularly scheduled time” ie she was not “on the clock”.
Have you not gone to work when you were “not on the clock”?
I know I have.
More often, and for longer, and under worse circumstances than you likely imagine.
I still dress appropriately ... note that "appropriately" differs according to whether I am in my office or in some godforsaken pesthole in the middle of nowhere. In either case, I don't forget that I'm representing my employer.
“So, how do you suppose she will pay for her car, apartment, medical, utilities, food and other living expenses? But, hey ... she wore a T-shirt and really showed ‘them’, right?”
In all due respect to you, a ‘job’ is not the only way to generate income. Lots of ways to make money, as long as you have the guts, even in this economy. This girl has what it takes - she is not a conformist and is passionate; she’ll do just fine on her own I bet.
You know I just can’t tolerate so called Christians telling me they are libs and that it’s a choice. They know better.
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