According to Tim Cook, Apple CEO, discrimination is bad for business except when it is used against people he doesn’t like.
Tim Cook’s Washington Post editorial is amazing.
There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country.
A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors. Some, such as the bill enacted in Indiana last week that drew a national outcry and one passed in Arkansas, say individuals can cite their personal religious beliefs to refuse service to a customer or resist a state nondiscrimination law.
Cook goes on to cite a Texas bill that is designed to resist judicial attempts to redefine marriage. That is all it takes to be guilty of discrimination—believe that marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman.
And then this:
These 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.
Same sex marriage was a principle our nation was founded on? Our nation was founded on laws that forbid people to privately discriminate? I guess this is a refreshing change from liberals attacking the Founding Fathers for being slave owners. But things like the three-fifths compromise in the Constitution do make me think that Cook is using rhetoric to mislead people and appeal to their emotions. His comment about “decades of progress toward greater equality” is a bit more honest in revealing how he feels about America’s founding. Really, America was flawed precisely because people used to believe in freedom of association (some also believed in slavery, which is horrible, but a separate issue). But now we know that we are supposed to use the government to punish people for exercising such freedoms.
There has been progress in the elimination of chattel slavery. No question about that. But Tim Cook has never been an oppressed minority. On the contrary, he is an obvious example of White privilege. And his eager willingness to push for what he wants at the expense of everyone who disagrees with him under the cover of “equality” and “anti-discrimination” is pretty much straight out of the White privilege handbook for pushing one’s agenda.
Cook thinks the traditional Christian teaching that men are not supposed to insert their private parts into other men, or do other erotically charged things with men, needs to be eliminated from the United State. Of course, if he wrote an editorial that admitted this, he would expose just how radical and unconstitutional his agenda is. But that is the whole point in pretending that affirming the First Amendment is some kind of evil plan to discriminate.
America’s business community recognized a long time ago that discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business.
Yes, it is bad for business. So what are you worried about, Tim? Businesses that discriminate will be buried by the ones who accept all customers.
Unequal treatment and discrimination were maintained in the racist South not by racist businesses, but by Jim Crowe laws. Bus lines and other forms of transportation were forced to treat their customers unequally by the government. This is not to say that the business owners and entrepreneurs were philosophically egalitarian regarding what we call “race” in this country. They weren’t. It simply means that all customers used the same color of money. Mistreating customers is an invitation for a competitor to take them from you.
Maybe this shows that Tim Cook really knows that homosexual marriage can never be accepted in a society, unless the government steps in and regiments every decision.
And throughout all of this self-righteous mendacity, Tim Cook never mentions the classic case of Silicon Valley discrimination where a man was fired for a political contribution he made many years earlier, supporting the same position that Barack Obama claimed to hold (though he was lying). What Mozilla did to Brendan Eich to remove him from the company as CEO far, far exceeds any alleged case of discrimination on the part of cake decorators or flower arrangers who don’t want to participate in same-sex mock weddings. Eich never discriminated against anyone, but because he thought the historical definition of marriage was the correct one (as did a majority of California residents), he was driven from the company he founded.
Your posturing for non-discrimination is totally bogus, Tim Cook.
It is preposterous to claim that Apple is “open.” Apple is not open to any but the people who think that marriage is between “two persons” rather than between a man and a wife. Cook’s editorial reinforces the message to all Apple employees: if you don’t think two guys or two ladies shacking up fits under the label, “marriage” (Why stop at two?) you had better hide your opinion or lose your job. Because we don’t discriminate. All Tim Cook’s verbiage is to try to rationalize this basic form of intolerance and this revolutionary, government-enforced change in human society, as if it were about openness and acceptance. It is all Orwellian doublethink.
Tim Cook also takes a page from the Liberal “ISIS is not Islamic” playbook. Remember Francis Hollande declared the Charlie Hebdo killings had nothing to do with Islam. As I wrote then:
While this kind of statement pretends to be respectful of Islam, it is actually the opposite. Basically, Hollande is saying he refuses to recognize Islam as anything that wouldn’t be easily compatible with modern liberal democracy. It doesn’t matter what the Koran says or what Islamic tradition is, Islam is what Hollande says it is and everything else is not really Islam.
This mindset is why secular people who know nothing about Scripture don’t hesitate to lecture Christians on how they have misunderstood the Bible on homosexuality. It is a secular imperialism, not tolerance.
And here is Tim Cook:
I was never taught, nor do I believe, that religion should be used as an excuse to discriminate.
He is saying: real religion does not allow discrimination because only religion that teaches what I believe counts as real.
Cook is right that Biblical Christianity would not encourage merchants to refuse to interact with immoral people. But the First Amendment provides freedom to all kinds of religions, so it is not his place to dictate to them their doctrine. But Cook isn’t really talking about discrimination. He’s talking about people being asked to participate in something that is a blasphemous mockery to the Christian Faith, a same-sex “wedding.” What about when threesomes want to be photographed? Are Christian photographers required to attend and glorify what they regard as a farce?
In that case, let’s be clear that there is and always has been discrimination in the Christian faith. As the Apostle Paul wrote in the Bible:
Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV)
Notice there is a great promise of free acceptance in that passage. Sadly, Tim Cook and others aren’t interested in the offer.
Regardless of what the law might allow in Indiana or Arkansas, we will never tolerate discrimination.
Translation: “we will never tolerate anyone who disagrees with us.”
Remember Brendan Eich.