Are you a do-it-yourselfer?  Do you enjoy going down to Home Depot and picking up some things to make your life and your home and yard better?  The people there are usually helpful and courteous making it a pleasent experience. 

But, suppose you’re one of those workers, who out of the many personal buttons and slogans worn by other employees, decides to wear an unobtrusive button that simply reflects your patriotism?   Cause for dismissal? 

“The Home Depot fired an employee for refusing to remove a Flag button bearing the words“One nation under God, Indivisible”  from his work apron. Trevor Keezor, a Christian, said he wore the button to support his country and his 27-year-old brother in the military who was soon to be deployed in Iraq.  Home Depot claimed it has 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.”

The Patriotic button didn’t  become an issue until Trevor began bringing a Bible to work to read on his lunch hour.

“Dozens of homosexual employees participated in Home Depot-sponsored gay pride parades and festivals. Many employees wore numerous buttons on their aprons promoting homosexuality. The Home Depot defended them by saying homosexual employees will not be prohibited “in any way” when it comes to what they do and wear.” 

In my world, such a double standard is hypocritical, anti-Christian and shows contempt for words that are expressed in the Pledge of Allegiance…  In addition to being hypocritical, their position  is un-American and I for one will have no problem excluding Home Depot from all of my future DIY projects.  If it is true that workers may only be allowed to wear company-provided pins and badges, as stated in their official policy, then it becomes obvious that Home Depot practices discrimination unless you express support for the gay lifestyle. 

If you would like to pledge to boycott the Home Depot, as I have, go to the following website:

Furthermore, every time I make a purchase at a competitor store, I intend to let The Home Depot know how much money they are losing. Each time I make a purchase at a competitor store, I will use The Home Depot’s website feedback form to let them know how much money they’re losing to their competitors.
It should also be noted that the Home Depot is active in gay day parades and events.