Here’s another example of a Christian trying to break the rules at work and saying he’s allowed to do so because he and God are on the same side.
It’s the same excuse used by evangelical teachers in public schools who feel the need to preach in the classroom.
Neither person deserves to keep their job.
Trevor Keezer is whining because he wore a button reading “One nation under God, indivisible” on his Home Depot work uniform. For a year, barely anyone noticed. (Which, for the record, doesn’t mean it was ok.)
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.”
There’s nothing controversial here. There’s a dress code. It’s not anti-Christian. Keezer didn’t follow it. They asked him to remove his piece of flair. He didn’t. He lost his job and he deserved to lose it.
I’m not sure if he brought the Bible to read during his break time (completely fine) or to keep at his register (not fine), but that doesn’t seem to be relevant here. The issue is his refusal to remove his button.
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.”
… 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.”
“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.
Management told him he would be fired. He didn’t care. If he wants to make a martyr of himself, so be it. I’m sure there are private, Christian-owned businesses in which he’d be a great fit.
But Home Depot did the right thing by getting rid of him.
If you disagree, imagine if another worker wore a button reading, simply, “Atheist.”
Or, even more provocative, “One nation, under no god.”
Businesses have dress codes for a reason. These commenters don’t seem to understand that.
(Thanks to @VeritasKnight for the link!)