Home Depot fired Trevor Keezor in October 2009 for wearing a button that read "One nation under God, indivisible" when he worked for the Home Depot in Okeechobee, Florida. Snopes.com reports in part:
- “…Home Depot management had told him the American flag button bearing the legend "One nation under God, indivisible" which he had been wearing on his work apron for over a year was an unacceptable violation of company policy, and that after he refused an order to remove it he was fired from his job.
- For his part, Keezor maintained that he had been wearing the button on his work apron since March 2008 without incident, but soon after he began bringing a Bible to read during his lunch break at the store in October 2009, management told him he would have to remove the button.
Additionally, the American Family Association (not related to Florida Family Association) reported on Mr. Keezor’s firing shortly after it occurred.
However, Home Depot did not treat Islam and the pro-Hamas, pro-Muslim Brotherhood, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) the same way they did Mr. Keezor's Christian faith. The CAIR Michigan web site posted an article titled “CAIR-MI Offers Cultural Awareness Training to Home Depot Employees” which has recently started receiving attention after being reported by BarenakedIslam.com. The CAIR Michigan article states:
- The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations yesterday provided cultural awareness training to employees at a Home Depot store in Dearborn, Mich.
- CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid and CAIR-MI Safe Spaces Coordinator Warda Kalim discussed issues relating to customer interactions and modesty in Islam and highlighted religious accommodations concerns of Muslim employees.
- CAIR-MI has provided similar trainings in the past to other Home Depot locations in Southeastern Michigan.
- "We welcome such opportunities to engage Home Depot and other business establishments to better serve their Muslim customers and accommodate the cultural competency of their Muslim employees," said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.
- CAIR has helped resolve a number of similar cases involving prayer in the workplace and offers a booklet, called "An Employer's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," to help corporate managers gain a better understanding of Islam and Muslims.
- SEE: An Employer's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices
Trevor Keezor was allegedly fired for wearing a button that proclaimed "One nation under God, indivisible." Snopes.com reports: Home Depot spokesman Craig Fishel acknowledged that Mr. Keezor had indeed been fired over the issue, which the former maintained was not related to the subject matter of the pin, but rather was a clear-cut violation of the company's specific, long-standing dress code: This associate chose to wear a button that expressed his religious beliefs.”
On the other hand, Home Depot allowed their managers to be indoctrinated with CAIR instructions on how Sharia code for Islamic life should be followed by Home Depot. Some of the Islamic practices in the Employer’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices include:
- Employers may wish to modify dress code policies so that religiously-mandated attire is addressed as a diversity issue. For example, many corporations have a policy forbidding the wearing of “hats.” This rule may be amended to exempt items such as head scarves and skullcaps.
- Friday is the day for congregational worship, called Jum’ah. The prayer generally takes place at a mosque during the noontime prayer and includes an address or sermon, and lasts a total of 45 to 90 minutes.
- Performing the rituals of the pilgrimage may last five days during the second week of the twelfth month of the lunar calendar. However, considerable variations exist in trip arrangements, and group travel may take 10-21 days. Muslim employees may choose to make pilgrimage using vacation time.
Does anyone not see the contradiction between how Home Depot treated the Christian who simply wanted to wear a small button to how Home Depot treated Islamists who want to take off on Friday for an hour and a half, wear hats and scarves professing their faith and numerous other Sharia compliant activities?
Embracing practices dictated by Sharia is offensive to millions of Americans who find provisions of the Islamic code to be antithetical to the liberties afforded to all sexes, races and religions by the United States constitution.
Florida Family Association has prepared an email for you to send to communicate to Home Depot that indoctrination to Sharia compliant employment practices is offensive especially given the company's mistreatment of Mr. Keezor and homage to the pro-Hamas, pro-Muslim Brotherhood, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
To send your email, please click the following link, enter your name and email address then click the "Send Your Message" button. You may also edit the subject or message text if you wish.
Please click here to send your email to Home Depot officials.