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Tim Cook Comes Out Against New Indiana Law

Apple CEO Tim Cook (NASDAQ: AAPL) wrote a piece that ran in the Washington Post on Monday, advocating against the new law in Indiana, as well as many other states, stating people have the right to discriminate against others on the grounds of religious freedom, according to Business Insider.

Cook referred to the laws as “dangerous” and bad for business. He recalled growing up in the 1960’s and 70s in the South, saying opposing discrimination takes much courage. Further, Cook formally announced that Apple stands against the law and his own company, Apple, will not be participating in the usage of these new laws.

“That's why, on behalf of Apple, I'm standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation — wherever it emerges,” Cook wrote in the article. “I'm writing in the hopes that many more will join this movement. From North Carolina to Nevada, these bills under consideration truly will hurt jobs, growth and the economic vibrancy of parts of the country where a 21st-century economy was once welcomed with open arms.”

Business Insider commenter Conservative said:

“Someone tell this lib that the fact that he runs a large organization that is notoriously sympathetic to liberal causes doesn't give him license to be a politician.

People are sick and tired of the gay agenda being used as a weapon to ruin people's lives and shut down their businesses if they disagree with the notion of gay marriage based on their religious principles..

You may want to shut your yapper Cook - in case you hadn't noticed everyone is laughing at you.”

Business Insider commenter Doug in Va said:

I tend to think people are over-dramatizing this. This doesn't overrule civil rights legislation. The differences from the national RFRA and Indiana's are pretty small in the overall scheme of things.

As it stands now, there are many cases when private businesses can refuse to serve someone. I don't happen to agree with the way that legislators in Indiana are taking this, but I don't see that there is anything they have done that is illegal or violates someone's civil rights as currently defined under law.