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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Religion: Not an excuse to discriminate

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Long ago, a notorious apple was involved with the Fall of humankind.  These days, another type of Apple is becoming involved with uplifting folks instead.

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, recently wrote an op-ed piece for The Washington Post titled Pro-discrimination ‘religious freedom’ laws are dangerous.

Cook explained that these laws, “recently introduced in more than two dozen states,” basically state that “individuals can cite their personal religious beliefs to refuse service to a customer or resist a state nondiscrimination law.”

How does this translate into real life?  In Texas, for example, legislation is “being considered” that “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.”

Although Cook was raised as a Baptist, and has stated that “faith has always been an important part” of his life, he emphatically believes that religion is not “an excuse to discriminate.”

Even from just a business standpoint, Cook asserts that such discrimination is destructive.  He explains that Apple strives for “just and fair” dealings, having recognized long ago that “discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business.”

Bad for business, and bad for the business of life itself…


Copyright March 31, 2015 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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