I sent the following in an email to the Home Depot’s Public Relation’s department. They have yet to respond.
I hope those who value freedom of religious expression will join me in boycotting Home Depot for what I feel is a clear case of religious discrimination:
It has come to my attention that you fired an employee for wearing an American flag button which stated “One nation under God, indivisible,” on the grounds that you have, to quote your man Craig Fishel, “a blanket policy, which is long-standing and well-communicated to our associates, that only company-provided pins and badges can be worn on our aprons” and that “This associate chose to wear a button that expressed his religious beliefs.” I want to tell you why appealing to this technicality won’t exonerate you.We all know this is beside the point. Mr. Kevin Trevor had been weasring this button on his apron for an entire year. It appears it only became an issue when he began bringing his Bible to work and having the audacity to read it on his lunch. That this appears to be a case of religious discrimination appears pretty well undeniable.To make matters worse you have this stated Values policy [ http://corporate.homedepot.com/wps/portal/!ut/p/c1/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gDdwNHH0sfE3M3AzMPJ8MAV0sDKADKR2LKmxrD5fHr9vPIz03VL8iNKAcAodaFaQ!!/dl2/d1/L2dJQSEvUUt3QS9ZQnB3LzZfMEcwQUw5MTU1RjBVSEExR0JUMzAwMDAwMDA!/]which you’re conveniently ignoring in order to justify this firing.Your 3rd statement on that list states: “Doing the right thing:
We exercise good judgment by “doing the right thing” instead of just “doing things right.” We strive to understand the impact of our decisions, and we accept responsibility for our actions.” src: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_god_button_home_depotWell, you’re not doing the right thing here. You’re just covering your own corporate butt. The right thing would been to take into account that this button wasn’t a religious statement that anyone would take offense to. That line is from the Pledge of Allegiance to the US flag and is as USAmerican as mom and apple pie. If you were being consistent with enforcing this sort of sad misotheistic policy you wouldn’t accept US currency either with its religious expression of “In God We Trust.” Again, if the fellow hadn’t brought his Bible to work, you would likely have [and apparent did for up to a year] regarded it as simply an expression of his patriotism.Your final values statement reads: “Respect for all people:
In order to remain successful, our associates must work in an environment of mutual respect, free of discrimination and harassment where each associate is regarded as a part of The Home Depot team.” It’s clear that respect for all people in your view doesn’t include those who believe in God; after all, we wouldn’t want to offend the teensy minority that don’t believe in God.Since I do believe in God and I abhor anti-religious discrimination, I will be strongly discouraging folks from shopping at Home Depot this holiday season.Good day and you owe that man an apology.
Check out this Chicago Tribune article as well: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/wjw-news-god-button,0,2808898.story