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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Home Depot bans God...

Found this via FWIW, I believe Home Depot was entirely within their rights on this one;

OKEECHOBEE - Trevor Keezer didn't start working at The Home Depot to make a religious statement. He just wanted to earn money for college.

"I want to go to school to become a nurse," said the 20-year-old Okeechobee resident.

Keezer says for 19 months, ever since he started working as a cashier at The Home Depot in Okeechobee, he's worn a button with an American flag on it that reads: "One nation under God, indivisible."

Keezer sees the quotation, taken from the pledge of allegiance, as his way of supporting American troops at war, and of expressing his Christian faith.

In December, his older brother Army Spc. Steven Keezer Jr., is scheduled to deploy to Iraq for his second tour of duty.

For more than a year, Keezer says none of his managers mentioned the button on his Home Depot apron, except one supervisor who commented she liked it.

"She actually wanted to wear it," Keezer said.

Then, last month, when he started bringing his Bible to work, Keezer says his manager confronted him about the button.

"That's when I was told it had to come off, or I would be sent home. So they sent me home for six straight days without pay. And then today they terminated me," he said.

Craig Fishel, a spokesman for The Home Depot, said he could not comment on specific personnel issues, but added, "The company's dress code policy states that we do not allow noncompany buttons, regardless of their message or content."

Fishel says Home Depot has a "proud history" of supporting the military, and that it sanctions several of its own buttons for employees to wear, including one that reads: "United We Stand."

Keezer said he preferred to wear his button because "you can't have country without God. Every pin they showed me had no 'God' on it or anything."

Fishel says the company gives employees several warnings when they violate the dress policy before terminating them.

But Keezer says, "It never crossed my mind to take off the button because I'm standing for something that's bigger than I am. They kept telling me the severity of what you're doing and I just let God be in control and went with His plan."

Keezer says he was a model employee at Home Depot and he liked his job.

"I was cashier of the month and I've won six 'Homer' awards -- that's the highest award you can get at Home Depot."

Keezer has the support of his family. "I'm so proud of him," said his mother, Francine.

Local business owners are rallying to his cause, too.

Jim McCoin, owner of Cowboy's Barbecue and Steak Co., said, "Amen. I am proud of him. If you can't stand for what you believe in, then why be there."

McCoin says he'd like to order some of the "One nation under God" buttons for the employees of his two local restaurants.

As for Keezer, he says he didn't set out to make a religious statement, but now that he has, he believes he's done the right thing.

"I want to be a voice for the rest of the Christians and for the citizens of this country to stand up for the country. You know, quit being told to sit down. Say what you want to say and don't be afraid of the consequences," he said.

Yep, they are entirely within their rights to do what they've done. God bless 'em.

I'm also entirely within my rights to shop where I prefer. That would be any competitor of Home Depot.

Screw 'em.


Unknown said...

The big question is, will "Jim McCoin, owner of Cowboy's Barbecue and Steak Co.," give Keezer a job?

Mary Ellen said...

What a great story!

You know, subvet, I'm beginning to see so many Christians fighting back against this atheistic push to erase God from our country. I'm so proud of that kid for standing his ground and I certainly will never shop at Home Depot again. In fact, I think this should get around to all Christian Churches and they should suggest that they should avoid Home Depot.

I just wrote a post about the idiot atheists at Penn State (only 6 of them) that complained about the new team spirit t-shirt that, in their pea-brained heads, looks "too much like a cross" as the design.


Great post and thanks for the heads up on this, it's the first I've heard of it.

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Lowe's it is then

VSO said...

Fie on those commies!

Jeffrey Craig said...

I worked for The Home Depot for 12.5 years and I am saddened by this report of poorly thought out actions by the Home Depot. It's seems decisions like this never give the freedoms that their employees should be granted.

From reading through many of the responses on this blog, it is obvious that The Home Depot will be losing a good number of customers from shopping their stores. What a shame this should be to management.

I, myself, after a rather sterling career with The Home Depot after a few months of poor treatment by a newly promoted Assistant Manager after bringing the results of my position to a new peak of performance.

I have been approached by several Home Depot people to return to the Home Depot to continue my career, but it is reports like this one that make me happy that I retired with my head held high.

I have been called by several customers that were so surprised to find that I had left the Home Depot and have been thanked by them for many years of Very Helpful Support of their various needs.

Again, it is the little stories like this individuals mistreatment and dismissal that make my early retirement feel so good from a company I gave a good part of my working life to.

I made the right decision, I hope other people will too.

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