The implementation of a new religious freedom law in Indiana saw Apple CEO Tim Cook who was already furious on Friday, further expressed his condemnation by tweeting “very dangerous….wave of legislation” in an op-ed article on the Washington Post’s website last Sunday.
Last Friday, the governor of Arkansas Asa Hutchinson, who Cook also asked in his tweets to revoke a similar bill, instead stipulated that the measure of hi state-which has approved with a landslide victory of 24-7 in the Arkansas senate- meets his approval.
Hutchinson said that the bill is “designed” to protect the religious freedoms that persist within their area. He added that there is no difference with other bills, stating “legislation has passed it in other states such as Illinois and Connecticut. Arkansas is open for business, and we recognize and respect the diversity of our culture and economy.”
However, Cook was quick to rebut that having such laws on record that would protect business owners from “being sued” for not rendering services to gays and lesbians flies in the face of being “open for business”
Cook also wrote that such 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,” He was referring to the leader of Silicon Valley who came out last year as a homosexual.
“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.”
Cook also said that despite growing in Alabama as a Baptist with a very strong tie with his faith, it never equated with “an excuse to discriminate”
“The days of segregation and discrimination marked by ‘Whites Only’ signs on shop doors, water fountains and restrooms must remain deep in our past. We must never return to any semblance of that time. America must be a land of opportunity for everyone.”
“This isn’t a political issue. It isn’t a religious issue. This is about how we treat each other as human beings. Opposing discrimination takes courage. With the lives and dignity of so many people at stake, it’s time for all of us to be courageous.”