WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A former cashier for The Home Depot who has been wearing a “One nation under God” button on his work apron for more than a year has been fired, he says because of the religious reference. The company claims that expressing such personal beliefs is simply not allowed.
“I’ve worn it for well over a year and I support my country and God,” Trevor Keezor said Tuesday. “I was just doing what I think every American should do, just love my country.”
The American flag button Keezer wore in the Florida store since March 2008 says “One nation under God, indivisible.”
Earlier this month, he began bringing a Bible to read during his lunch break at the store in the rural town of Okeechobee, about 140 miles north of Miami. That’s when he says The Home Depot management told him he would have to remove the button.
Keezer refused, and he was fired on Oct. 23, he said.
“It feels kind of like a punishment, like I was punished for just loving my country,” Keezer said.
A Home Depot spokesman said Keezer was fired because he violated the company’s dress code.
Oh noes! They takes aways mah Magic Man buttons. Protection against Satan…..leaving…. Must…. shout…. PERSECUTION!
Yeah, most businesses choose not to have their employees displaying political or religious messages on their clothing that could offend customers. Perhaps he could just wear Jesus Underoos so nobody would be the wiser. Like how the Mormons do it.
If I hate 99.9% of the population, then that leaves about 6 million people who I like or at least can stand. Which makes me a people person.
Nations, like individuals, have their periods of youth, of manhood and decay. Religions are the same. The same inexorable destiny awaits them all. The gods created by the nations must perish with their creators. They were created by men, and like men, they must pass away. The deities of one age are the by-words of the next. The religion of our day, and country, is no more exempt from the sneer of the future than the others have been. When India was supreme, Brahma sat upon the worldâ€™s throne. When the scepter passed to Egypt, Isis and Osiris received the homage of mankind. Greece, with her fierce valor, swept to empire, and Zeus put on the purple of authority. The earth trembled with the thread of Romeâ€™s intrepid sons, and Jove grasped with mailed hand the thunderbolts of heaven. Rome fell, and Christians from her territory, with the red sword of war, carved out the ruling nations of the world, and now Christ sits upon the old throne. Who will be his successor?
Robert Green Ingersoll, “The Gods” (1872)
(First posted on June 6, 2007)