Tim Cook: Pro-discrimination 'Religious Freedom' Laws are Dangerous [WP]

Tim Cook: Pro-discrimination 'Religious Freedom' Laws are Dangerous [WP]

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has already expressed his disapproval of legislation that "legally discriminates" against certain groups, such as the bill recently approved in Indiana. Today he took to the The Washington Post in an Op-ed to to further express his concern.

Here's what Cook had to say on the subject:

There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country.

A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors. Some, such as the bill enacted in Indiana last week that drew a national outcry and one passed in Arkansas, say individuals can cite their personal religious beliefs to refuse service to a customer or resist a state nondiscrimination law.

Others are more transparent in their effort to discriminate. Legislation being considered in Texas would strip the salaries and pensions of clerks who issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples — even if the Supreme Court strikes down Texas’ marriage ban later this year. In total, there are nearly 100 bills designed to enshrine discrimination in state law.

These bills rationalize injustice by pretending to defend something many of us hold dear. They go against the very principles our nation was founded on, and they have the potential to undo decades of progress toward greater equality.

America’s business community recognized a long time ago that discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business. At Apple, we are in business to empower and enrich our customers’ lives. We strive to do business in a way that is just and fair. That’s why, on behalf of Apple, I’m standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation — wherever it emerges. I’m writing in the hopes that many more will join this movement. From North Carolina to Nevada, these bills under consideration truly will hurt jobs, growth and the economic vibrancy of parts of the country where a 21st-century economy was once welcomed with open arms.

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Tim Cook: Pro-discrimination 'Religious Freedom' Laws are Dangerous [WP]

mtb - April 1, 2015 at 3:02am
I totally disagree with Cook on his making this an Apple issue. This is more his personal issue. He has the right to express his personal convictions and opinions. As a stock holder I expect the CEO to steer clear of political witch hunting and carping. The hypocrisy is quite obvious here with Apple doing business in countries who totally repress freedom for many segments of their populations and especially the gay population. He would not be standing up like this in Saudi Arabia where Apple is doing business today. This is really a bullying tactic by totally left thinking brains like Mr. Cook. I've been a Apple stock holder for 20 years but this may give me a lot of reason to change my investment plans.
gd - April 1, 2015 at 2:31am
So that means you discriminate against religious freedom? Why is it people who insist that religious groups be tolerant and yet intolerent of religious freedom? I think there's a word for that.
MikeD - March 31, 2015 at 6:37am
These southern christians in the US are acting just like ISIS. They want to approve religious laws. Just like sharia in islamic states..
SMR - March 31, 2015 at 1:07am
Cook is out to grab the public and media's attention. To him I say "why don't you exercise your right to shut up?".
WTF - March 30, 2015 at 3:25pm
First off a company should not be making political statements nor any statements about religious matters, it is not their place. Tim Cook is entitled to his beliefs but has no right to push his agenda on us just. It is clear, election after election the American public says a marriage is be between one man and one woman and the liberal media needs to stop this propaganda, including you Mr. Cook. There was another nation in the last 100 years that tried to demonize an entire people group and religion. You migh have heard of it, World War II, the nazis and the Jews? Same thing is happening here and now except this time it's disguised under the cover of discimiating freedoms and "if it doesn't hurt anyone" garbage. Yes, the gay agenda and life style is dangerous to the American public and the world for that matter. No not because I'm a homophobe or hate gays, because it's the truth. It's a tremendous strain on society, and on the emotions of the familes that have to deal with this. Again, look it up, there were studies done on this! You want to talk American freedom and the constitution? This country was founded on Judeo Christian Beliefs. The founders of this great nation left Persecution of religious beliefs and now you say "it's dangerous" Mr. Cook? No, Your thinking is dangerous! And by the way, science was started by Christians, look it up! So stop pushing your beliefs on us Mr. Cook and go live your lifestyle as you wish in private please!
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