THE VOICE OF REASON
Home Depot

  THE HOME DEPOT TRAVESTY

Trevor Keezor is a young man who lives in South Florida and, until recently, was employed at The Home Depot in Okeechobee, a town approximately 140 miles north of Miami.  He was fired.  Here's the reason: he wore on his shirt a patriotic pin that read "one nation under God, indivisible."

Earlier this month, he began reading the Bible each day during his lunch break.  He states that, shortly thereafter, he was informed by The Home Depot management he would have to cease wearing his pin.  When he refused to do so, he was dismissed on October 23.

The company asserts that the young man, by wearing the pin, acted inappropriately and violated store policy.  "This associate chose to wear a button that expressed his religious beliefs. The issue is not whether or not we agree with the message on the button," Craig Fishel said. "That's not our place to say, which is exactly why we have 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."

Mr. Fishel might guess what most red-blooded Americans like myself think of the store's "blanket policy."  It is both unreasonable and unpatriotic, especially in view of the fact the store is located and does business in the United States of America! The proscribed words are part of our national pledge of allegiance, for pete's sake! Every citizen, who honors the country and the flag which symbolizes it, recites these words. There is nothing inappropriate or subversive about them.

Are Mr. Fishel and The Home Depot too stupid and obtuse to realize that America has a public faith, and a culture reflecting this faith?  These obviously mean little or nothing to this greedy mega-corporation and its managerial pimps.  Both are, as the facts would suggest, interested only in living off the "fat of the land" and relegating the treasury of American values to the dumpsters in back of their stores.  But for over 400 years these cultural values have shone forth and prevailed – through the country's initial settlement, economic crises, natural calamities, and wars. "One nation under God, indivisible" may not simply be written off as an ingredient of someone's personal "religious beliefs." The words embody one of the cornerstones of traditional American culture, which The Home Depot has viciously assaulted!

Honoring America and its allegiance to a Supreme Being is not the same as attending church, partaking of holy communion, or attempting to evangelize nonbelievers.  The culture is about our identity as a people and the core values to which we have formally subscribed for centuries.

Every week on radio or television, or in the print media, some commentator or writer, largely without intellectual integrity and educational credentials, chants the mantra of "separation of church and state."  The person usually has no more clue than the late Justice Hugo Black, a member of the activist Warren Court, what the historical relationship between religion and politics has been in this country.  (Pardon my judicial irreverence.) Why don't we foster nonsectarian prayer in our public schools?   Answer: Separation of church and state.  Why can't we post a copy of the Ten Commandments in these schools?  Answer: Separation of church and state.  Why don't employees wish patrons a "merry Christmas" during the month of December? Answer: Separation of church and state.  No matter how bold or nuanced the phrasing of the issue is, the response is the same.  Only once would I like to hear a commentator reply to a guest, "Wait!  You are grossly misinterpreting this phrase. Are you aware that this idea hardly appears in our country's intellectual history prior to the nineteenth century, and even Thomas Jefferson who wrote of "a wall of separation" entertained nothing by it as radical as what you have indicated?"  Or maybe words a little more aggressive than these would be captivating: "You have used this phrase thoughtlessly.  Would you mind naming any founding father who happened to share your view?  Or what about any educator up to the middle of the nineteenth century?"

The Home Depot should be boycotted by American consumers.  Any other organization at war with American culture should also receive the same treatment.  Furthermore, those who formulated The Home Depot policy should be fired.  "Extreme!" you exclaim?  Not half as "extreme" as the Far Left and its empty-headed go-alongs, who have spent the last sixty years propagandizing, and ripping the  spiritual guts out of, this country.

October 29, 2009