Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Call Me When They Bring Back the Lions

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I'm so over the Christian hegemony in this country and their cries of persecution. There are places in the world where Christians are beaten, tortured, maimed and killed and what do Christians in this country complain about? Having to obey dress codes.

A Florida man says he was fired from his job at The Home Depot for wearing an American flag pin that said "One nation under God, indivisible."

Trevor Keezer, 20, said he had worn the button ever since he started working at the home improvement retailer 19 months ago. He said it was his way of supporting U.S. troops, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

Okay, I understand how an American flag pin is seen as supportive of our troops, but Home Depot has approved flag pins for that purpose. How does "One nation under God, indivisible" support our troops?

Mr. Keezer was not fired on the spot, by the way. He was told to remove the pin, told that Home Depot has approved flag pins, and then was given 6 chances to comply. 6! That's really generous. I've never worked anywhere that would give an employee 6 chances to comply with the dress code.

Mr. Keezer continues to miss the point, btw.

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.

Nobody's telling you to shut up on your own time, Mr. Keezer, but when you are at work, you are getting paid to work. If that work includes wearing a uniform, you don't get to make your own additions to that uniform. That's not a violation of free speech, that's just being an employee.

Who here thinks that everyone rallying behind Mr. Keezer would have their mouths sewn shut if his pin celebrated Al'lah instead of the Christian god?


  1. Sewn shut? Don’t you mean they’d be wide open, spewing toxic torrents of anti-Islam, Christians-are-Persecuted stupidity and demagoguery?

  2. Seems to me that the only bigoted words here are those of the author. Speaking of bigotry, the dictionary defines it as stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one's own. I checked out this blog, being honestly curious about the content, but I don't need the juvenile vitriol that is laid out in every post I read. I could say more about hatred, but it would be redundant, as your blog is full of it.

  3. @Anon:
    Mind giving us one (or more) example(s) of “bigotry” and/or “juvenile vitriol” present in PF’s post(s)? Or is anything you don’t agree with automatically labeled as such?

  4. christians are persecuted. see, that christian couldn't wear X item of obviously religious gear. this proves it!
    "but", a rational person might say, "what about the woman fired for wearing the pentagram? other people aren't allowed to wear religious gear"
    well OF COURSE NOT! those are not TRUE RELIGIONS.
    "but," a rational person might say, "how can one decide what a "true religion" is? isn't it the faith and adherence to a religion that is the hallmark of it's "trueness?"
    what are you saying?! there is only ONE true religion, and it's the one i practice!


  5. One notices that "anonymous" doesn't actually counter any of your arguments and basically does the internet equivalent of lighting a bag of dog poo on fire, ringing the doorbell, and running away.

  6. they're making the rounds of the atheist blogs. i've seen this exact comment (as in cut and pasted) on 4 or 5 so far.

  7. ooooo....

    i THOUGHT it looked familiar!

  8. I'm a theologically conservative Christian, but I agree with you. Home Depot has every right to dictate what their employees may or may not wear. What they did to this man was not very tolerant or considerate, but they had the right to do it. He had a duty to comply. He deserves the consequences of not doing so.


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