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One Nation Under God

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This article references an incident in West Palm Beach, Florida, where a cashier was fired from Home Depot for wearing a pin that stated, “one nation under God, indivisible”. It has been suggested that Trevor Keezor, the cashier, should be allowed to wear this pin, according to his freedom of speech. However, Home Depot argued that it violated dress code. To what extent should it be permitted to express religious beliefs/affiliations in the workplace?

Is this religious discrimination?




Written by carlyeg

October 28, 2009 at 2:26 am

Posted in Uncategorized

8 Responses

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  1. I don’t think it should be such a big deal. It’s a line from our own pledge of allegiance, for goodness sake. That being said, I don’t think it was religious discrimination. The employer was probably just worried a customer might take it the wrong way and cause a stir.


    October 28, 2009 at 3:50 pm

  2. I believe that it is impractical for every company and public institution to try to remove all religious, cultural, and personal beliefs from their employees that may be offensive to the public. As long as it is not a direct insult, people should be able to understand that it is only a belief held by the employee.


    October 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm

  3. Yeah this is definitely a little much. I feel like as long as the employee was able to do his job effectively (and without creating a distraction), what does it matter what kind of pin he is wearing? I understand there should be some sort of separation between and employees’ overt beliefs at home and at work, but this is excessive. His beliefs shouldn’t offend anyone because they aren’t negative or hurtful toward any group.


    October 30, 2009 at 6:52 am

  4. I have a different stand on this issue. I do believe that this man should be allowed to wear this in public and anywhere else. But, I do think that Home Depot is able to fire this employee if they told him not to wear it. The pin goes against the uniform the company has set and the employee did agree to this uniform. The way I see it there is no discrimination. Now should Home Depot have this uniform and be this strict. I don’t think so, but Home Depot is in no way discriminating against a religion by firing this employee. Rather Home Depot was enforcing its dress code for employees.


    October 31, 2009 at 5:48 am

  5. It seems that Home Depot’s policies are at best inconsistent. They will permit their employees to decorate their corporate-issued aprons with a variety of decorations, pins and patches, usually supporting a variety of causes such as supporting cancer research, supporting our troops, and a variety of other personal choices to include everything from favorite movies and characters. The problem with this subjection occurs when they found this particular pin objectionable, Home Deport needs to standardize their policy, either employees can decorate their uniforms as they wish or everyone must wear it as it was issued.


    October 31, 2009 at 11:41 pm

  6. I do not think the man should have been fired; unless wearing the pin specifically violated a term of his employment contract, I do not see it as being offensive to others. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and should be allowed to express it as they choose– a small pin is nothing to fight over… It’s not as if he came to work protesting every day and caused issues with others that did not share his same viewpoints.


    November 6, 2009 at 1:22 am

  7. I dont feel that him wearing that pin was anything wrong. If anything i could see where people who don’t have his same opinion would feel a little awkward, but other than that, there isnt anything around with him voicing his opinion. Although this does slightly remind me of the tee shirts that people were wearing about muslim’s in the sense that they are voicing their opinion, even if the world doesnt agree with it.


    November 6, 2009 at 6:42 pm

  8. I agree with everyone else on this one, although it may violate the dress code for his line of work, doing something like this shouldn’t warrant him being fired; at most maybe a warning. I think some people have problems when someone expresses one side of a controversial issue, but tend to ignore the problem when it agrees with something they believe in.


    November 9, 2009 at 1:01 am

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