Man Claims Ten Commandments Pin Got Him Fired

controversial pin
controversial pin

First, it was a monument of the ten commandments. Now it's a simple lapel pin that's kicking up more controversy. A Hoover man claims he was fired from his job just for wearing one. Hours later, the people selling the pins said they were going like hot cakes.

The organization that sells the pins is located in Montgomery. It's the foundation created by Roy Moore, the former chief justice who was ousted for refusing to remove his ten commandments monument from the supreme court building.

"We've had a barrage of phone calls and internet sales for the pin," said Rich Hobson of the Moral Law Foundation.

The pin popularity comes after Chris Word claims he was fired for wearing one. The pin is a replica of the ten commandments.

Word's employer, the non-partisan Hoover Chamber of Commerce, claims Word was using the pin as a political statement. "Christopher voluntarily brought up to a member of the chamber that one of the reasons he was wearing it was his long-time involvement with, knowledge and support of Judge Moore," said an attorney for the chamber.

"Those few words, 'the chief justice is a good friend of our family,' if that's a staunch political stand, then I'm sorry. I totally did not understand that," Word said.

Roy Moore issued a statement on the issue. He writes, "the Hoover Chamber of Commerce should be embarrassed and ashamed to force a young man like Christopher Word to choose between his faith and his job."

Hobson says Moore's foundation is supporting Word legally. And in the meantime, it's also selling lots of pins. "I would say, get a pin, wear it, and stand for God. That's what this young man did and we're very proud of him for taking his own stand," Hobson said.

The Moral Law Foundation is a member of the Hoover chamber and has sent letters to the board of directors, demanding that Word get his job back. If not, Hobson says his foundation will withdraw its membership and encourage others to do the same.

The pins are a fundraising device for Moore's group. If you want to buy one, you can contact the Foundation for Moral Law.

Reporter: Mark Bullock