Originally Posted by lockhead
Home Depot probably thought they didn't want their employees wearing religious pins because they might offend atheists or those of a different religion, the same as they probably wouldn't want one of their employees wearing an atheist pin because it might offend religious customers.
Some might lay claim to the issue of freedom of speech. I have two thoughts on this. The first is we do not allow the likes of Playboy in our school system, so why should we allow Home Depot's employees to feed the religion issue, regardless of his beliefs? The second is freedom of speech is only as good as how far you are willing to allow it. Do you exercise freedom of speech for yourself and not others? If so then you're the last to bring up the issue.
Even if you think everyone from pedophiles to terrorists to Sith is entitled to have their say it should be considered not only whether they should but in which context they should be allowed. A Darth Lord could say what he wants on Korriban, and while he or she may believe to be entitled to do as they please trying to force Sith philosophy on, say, Coroscant is not going to end well.
I'd have to disagree on the "where" aspect of freedom of speech. Should we only allow gay and lesbian marches in San Francisco? No, every person in the US is entitled to free speech. Just because I may disagree with what someone says, does not mean that they shouldn't be allowed to speak. Schools are protected because it could be disruptive to a class. Peacably assembling is protected so long as it does not cause harm.
"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." Thomas Jefferson
Last edited by Tommycat; 10-29-2009 at 04:10 AM.