Apple censors Christians in their app store yet condemns others for allegedly refusing to do business with people they don’t agree with.
The Daily Signal published an editorial on Tim Cook that exposed yet another hypocrisy in him and in Apple’s policies: “Apple CEO Tim Cook Is Wrong About Indiana Religious Freedom Law.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken to The Washington Post to tell the nation that, in the words of the headline, “Pro-discrimination ‘religious freedom’ laws are dangerous.”
Notice the scare quotes around “religious freedom.” But the reality is that the only person in favor of discrimination in this debate is Tim Cook.
It is Tim Cook who favors laws that discriminate against people of faith who simply ask to be left alone by government to run their businesses and their schools and their charities in accordance with their reasonable belief that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. It is Tim Cook who would have the government discriminate against these citizens, have the government coerce them into helping to celebrate a same-sex wedding and penalize them if they try to lead their lives in accordance with their faith.
The editorial makes a similar argument to what I wrote yesterday about Tim Cook’s hypocrisy and intolerance, but then it reveals this interesting fact:
Apple removed the Manhattan Declaration app from its App Store. Apple decided that a Christian app bearing witness to the dignity of unborn life, the nature of marriage as the union of husband and wife, and the centrality of religious liberty was incompatible with its mission. So they “discriminated” against the Manhattan Declaration.
No one suggested that this should be made illegal. Even if we thought it a misguided decision, we thought Apple should be free to decide its own values and live according to them.
Cook, however, sees no tension when he writes,
“Our message, to people around the country and around the world, is this: Apple is open. Open to everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love.”
Apparently, unless they are traditional Catholics, Evangelicals and Orthodox Christians who support the Manhattan Declaration. Then Apple’s message is “Apple is closed. Closed to those with beliefs we disapprove of.”
Of course, there is no reason to use quotation marks when they say that Apple “‘discriminated’ against the Manhattan Declaration.” There is nothing sarcastic or otherwise special going on. That is the meaning of the word.
Specifically, Apple discriminated because they won’t allow certain messages to go out via their app store. They hate the Christian message about God’s judgment on homicide and sexual perversity and the need of all people to repent of all lifestyles that are contrary to God’s revealed will. So, since it is their app store, they don’t allow it to be used for such messages.
But the person asked to make a same-sex wedding cake is supposed to be forced to do so by the power of government driving them into bankruptcy if they don’t submit to its will. He has to pretend he approves and celebrates not only what he considers wrong, harmful, and perverse behavior, but he also has to affirm the logical equivalent of a square triangle: same-sex “marriage.”
This isn’t at all a case of denying service to someone you consider immoral. Just like Apple will still sell computers in Indiana, Christians constantly do business with immoral people. No one is discriminating here. But a Christian is not required to bake a cake that affirms the illusion of homosexual marriage, any more than a Muslim baker is required to make a cake for an Easter celebration declaring Jesus to be the Second Person of the Trinity. Or than Apple is required to offer the Manhattan Declaration at its app store.
Prostitution is legal in Nevada. So is a Christian photographer liable to being sued for a “human rights violation” if he refuses to photograph some man’s hired sex party? Obviously it is not legal to force a man to participate in events that he thinks are evil. Tim Cook’s entire line of reasoning is totalitarian. He is advocating the establishment of a secular theocracy where everyone is required to worship the same gods of pansexual identity.
The reason anti-sodomy laws were struck down in large part is because we were told that the government should stay out of the bedroom. No one said the real intention was to come into our businesses and force us to affirm that marriage is something other than what it is or that what goes on in every bedroom is moral.
And now that we have seen the self-righteous aggression of people like Tim Cook, you know they aren’t about to stop! Today it is cake-makers, flower-arrangers, and photographers. But soon it will be Christian school teachers and churches who imagine they still live in a country where they are free to hire Christian pastors.
This is nothing less than total war for complete cultural domination. We are defending ourselves from forced cultural annihilation.
Perhaps this is God’s lesson for us—that libertarianism, not matter how good it looks in theory is not a real option in His world. People who say they just want freedom to sin really want to blot out anyone who will dare call it sin. Every bit of power they have received is obviously being used to push that agenda.