What you wear really does make a statement: a Home Depot employee in Florida and a student in Utah both get in hot water for their accessories, and at least one of these is ending up in court.
Meanwhile, fascinating health care debates go on – should health care reform cover faith healing, and is faith healing really healing?
In Florida, a Home Depot associate was fired after refusing to remove a button from his work uniform. The Associated Press reports:
“The American flag button Keezer wore in the Florida store since March 2008 says “One nation under God, indivisible.”
Earlier this month, he began bringing a Bible to read during his lunch break at the store in the rural town of Okeechobee, about 140 miles north of Miami. That’s when he says The Home Depot management told him he would have to remove the button.
Keezer refused, and he was fired on Oct. 23, he said.”
Home Depot says he was fired for flouting company dress policy, which prohibits any non-Home Depot pins on the official orange apron. His lawyer plans to sue, alleging religious discrimination.
This is an interesting case not only because it could go either way, but because of the reaction it’s provoked in the blogosphere and opinion pages. Here, just a smattering of the views flying left and right:
- Home Depot Puts the Screw on Religionists (Palm Beach Post)
- Fired for Wearing a Personal Pin (The Volokh Conspiracy)
- Florida Man Lies, Claims Religious Discrimination (For the Sake of Science)
- Does Home Depot Hate God? (CareerDiva)
To the west, in Utah, a preteen was barred from attending school after piercing her nose during Diwali, the Festival of Lights celebrated by many Hindus and Sikhs:
Twelve-year-old Suzannah Pabla didn’t pierce her nose to be stylish, cool or deviant.
“I just wanted to be like my grandma in India,” said the seventh-grader, who was born to an American mother and an Indian Sikh father.
But Bountiful Junior High School doesn’t care. Suzannah was kicked out of class last week for wearing the nose ring, which her parents call “a symbol of her cultural and religious identity.”
At the same time, the health insurance debate continues unabated in the U.S. We present a few stories of interest:
- Should health insurance policies cover faith healing? (Homeland Security Newswire)
- Humanist Rabbi: Let health care focus on body, not spirit (Chicago Tribune Blogs)
More stories up on the website shortly, and look out for the monthly roundup on 11/3!