Originally published April 28 2015
Why is Apple bashing Indiana over religious freedom law when it conducts business with countries that execute gays?
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) In a series of Twitter "tweets" posted in the days following the passage of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Apple CEO Tim Cook lamented what he says is a "dangerous" precedent "happening in states across the country." But the global tech giant head, who is openly homosexual himself, made no such similar pronouncements against the several countries in which Apple currently conducts business that actively execute gays.
The Act, which supposedly expands the constitutional protections afforded to individuals and other "persons" whose religious beliefs are violated by having to provide business services to gays, lesbians, and others with religiously incongruent lifestyles, quickly evolved into the latest hot-button national debate. Without even looking at the text of the Act -- more on its meaninglessness here -- celebrities, CEOs, media pundits, and others have come out in vicious condemnation of Indiana Governor Mike Pence for signing it into law.
"Around the world, we strive to treat every customer the same -- regardless of where they come from, how they worship or who they love," tweeted Cook after previously announcing that he is "deeply disappointed in Indiana's new law."
Besides the fact that the Act doesn't necessarily say what people think it does, Cook's hypocrisy in opposing it while continuing to profit from selling his company's products in countries that do much worse things to homosexuals is petulant. According to The Washington Post (WP), the following 10 countries currently have laws on the books that provision the death penalty for homosexuality: Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Mauritania, Somalia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.
Three of these countries -- Nigeria, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia -- currently do business with Apple, in that consumers from these nations can legally purchase and receive support for Apple products. Uganda may also be added to this list, as homosexuality is currently illegal in that country as well, though WP reports that the death penalty is no longer a potential consequence there.
"Cook may believe Indiana's new law is very dangerous towards gays ... but it's not as dangerous as the several countries Apple does business with where they execute gays," wrote Jim Joft for The Gateway Pundit.
Don't let pizza and wedding cakes distract you from the real problem in America: The growing fascist dictatorshipIn defense of Indiana's RFRA, presidential hopeful and Indiana Governor Mike Pence has repeatedly insisted that the law is not about allowing businesses to deny service to gays. In fact, he says a follow-up measure will soon be passed to make it clear that business owners cannot discriminate against homosexuals, reiterating that the bill is about protecting individuals from being "substantially burden[ed]" by state laws that interfere with people exercising their religions freely.
But somehow the whole thing became political to the point that the entire country is now in a major uproar about gays and lesbians having access to pizza and wedding cakes -- this, as our collective freedom, savings, food supply, medical system, military, and law enforcement continues to be hijacked and deconstructed by the domestic terrorists occupying D.C.
"Perhaps the leaders of these American companies (like Apple) believe they have less say in the policies of the communist or dictatorial nations where they do business," wrote Jamie Dean for World Magazine. "But it's notable those policies haven't stopped corporations from raking in massive profits from lands with truly oppressive governments."
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