Apple CEO Tim Cook Writes About Controversial ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

Apple CEO Tim Cook Writes About Controversial ‘Religious Freedom’ Law
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Tim Cook 2009 Apple CEO Tim Cook Writes About Controversial Religious Freedom Law
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Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken the time to write an op-ed for The Washington Post with regards to so-called “religious freedom laws” that are being passed by several states.


Despite a busy schedule, especially with the upcoming release of the Apple Watch, Cook managed to express his opinions over what he calls laws that would allow people to discriminate against one another. He specifically refers to a bill passed in Indiana last week by Mike Pence, governor of Irish-Catholic descent.

The bills in question involve those which would protect individuals and businesses by referring to their religious beliefs as basis for certain actions such as rejecting services for the LGBT community.

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

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The bills will hurt jobs and the economy, Cook continues.

According to his op-ed, Apple, which has produced iconic products such as the iPad and the iPhone, remains open to every person regardless of gender or religion.

“This isn’t a political issue,” wrote Cook. “It isn’t a religious issue. This is about how we treat each other as human beings.”

Republican Mike Pence has already appeared on ABC’s This Week to stand behind his controversial decision.

“It should be easy for leaders in this country to stand up and say that it is wrong to discriminate against people just because of who they love,” he said.

This isn’t the first time Pence found himself the subject of controversy. On 2012, he compared the ruling of Obama’s healthcare bill to the terrorists’ actions during 9/11.

Also read: Indiana Gov Mike Pence Signs ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill, Could Discriminate

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