Tim Cook is the CEO of Apple, Inc. He is a businessman, not a philosopher, theologian, political scientist or historian. Nonetheless, he wants to educate the world on how everyone should think and believe. So, I’ve read his “letter” and placed my thoughts and observations in parentheses.
There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country. (That’s right Tim and it is called forcing the LGBT lifestyle down the throats of people who simply want the freedom to practice their religion in all aspects of their life. Have you ever heard people complain about having beliefs pushed onto them? But simply pushing isn’t enough for you and the other LGBT activists. You want to stomp your feet and threaten and boycott devoted Christians into submission. How tolerant of you…).
A wave of legislation (actually, Tim, it is not a wave, it is just the legislative practice of looking at bills that have been considered but not enacted by prior legislative bodies. The federal government passed its RFRA in 1993 – signed by Bill Clinton and since then most of the states have either passed their own [around ½ of the states], or they have drafted bills many times and put them through committees, floor debates and other legislative processes in order to consider their passage. This has been going on for nearly 20 years now. So, not a wave. Sorry to burst your panic bubble), introduced in more than two dozen states (try 13 states Mr. highly intelligent CEO who probably needs to have the corporate books checked now that we see how poor his counting skills are), would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors (wrong again Tim. It is a balancing test that considers whether a person’s deeply held religious belief interferes with a compelling government interest. It is not a license to discriminate, it is a shield, not a sword). 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 (…balancing test Tim… balancing test… If a member of the LGBT community shows up to order lunch at an Indianapolis Chick-fil-a, there is nothing in the law that allows Chick-fil-a to refuse service, much less, require the customer to leave the premises for religious reasons. If that were to happen, the RFRA would not protect Chick-fil-a).
Others are more transparent in their effort to discriminate. Legislation being considered in Texas 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 (Oh Tim. Your reading comprehension is even worse than your basic counting skills. It sound like you are referencing Texas House Bill 1745, which does not strip any salaries or pensions. What it does is place the duty of issuing marriage licenses in the office of the Texas Secretary of State. I suggest you read the bill itself instead of getting a synopsis from the Human Rights Campaign, which is nothing more than a propaganda office for the LGBT movement). In total, there are nearly 100 bills designed to enshrine discrimination in state law. (Needless to say, Tim can’t comprehend what he reads and he can’t count. Therefore, his estimating skills are probably… nonexistent).
These bills rationalize injustice by pretending to defend something many of us hold dear (Actually, we don’t know what Tim holds dear, other than his same-sex attraction, which he says is a gift from God. This is because Tim has been nearly silent as to his faith up to this point and even now, he offers very little regarding his faith. He is however, much more vocal about his sexual desires). They go against the very principles our nation was founded on (You mean the Christian values, including freedom of religion in the 1st Amendment? Hmmm…. Methinks Tim’s knowledge of American history is as bad as his math and reading comprehension), and they have the potential to undo decades of progress toward greater equality (Equality: The buzzword that defies definition because to define it makes it clear that it is a fiction with regard to the LGBT lifestyle. All human persons are created equal, but behaviors, choices and characteristics are often wonderfully unique [a/k/a unequal]. Those who preach from the pulpit of equality, fail to understand that excellence, greatness and all things special are good and equality is often the opposite of these things. I wonder if Tim is willing to equalize his annual income with mine? Now that’s an equality I can agree with).
America’s business community recognized a long time ago that discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business. (If people do not like the owner of a business, their message, their atmosphere, their advertising campaign, etc… they usually shop somewhere else. The expectation is that if people are offended by a business owner’s Christianity, they would go elsewhere and the Christian business owner would either live off of the reduced income or they would close up and do something else for their income. The RFRA allows this to happen without a bunch of conflict and if there is a conflict the RFRA allows the court to balance the competing interests to see which side wins. But the LGBT community knows that they are only about 3.5% of the American population, therefore, they can’t rely on the rules of capitalism’s supply and demand to put Christians out of business. Only the Government can put Christians out of business.) At Apple, we are in business to empower and enrich our customers’ lives (Actually Tim, you are the head of a notoriously ruthless business competitor who has raked in billions upon billions of dollars by caring very little about your customers’ lives. What you care about is manipulating the desires and interests of the public to create more customers. You like to make money and that is not in and of itself a bad thing. The bad thing is to lie about your ultimate goal, which in this case is not to enrich the lives of anyone but you and your investors). We strive to do business in a way that is just and fair (While turning a blind eye to the atrocious way people are treated in the countries where you manufacture components for your electronics? Okay… just saying pleasant things does not make it reality Tim. The reality is that you make business decisions based solely on financials and if that means building factories in countries in which workers are abused, mistreated and marginalized all in the name of profit, you do it). That’s why, on behalf of Apple, I’m standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation — wherever it emerges. (Tim, be honest. You are standing up because you experience same-sex attraction and major LGBT advocates and celebrities have been shaming you into stepping into the public eye on issues like this because they want your power and influence. In other words, you are being used and manipulated by a culture that is extremely skilled at using and manipulating people. You are just their biggest fish right now). I’m writing in the hopes that many more will join this movement. (And because the tech industry has one of the highest percentages of people who identify as homosexual, [2nd only to politics I believe]. So, where Brendan Eich was attacked with hatred and intolerance for his belief in the truth, you can easily gain accolades and honors from those within your industry. Eich had everything to lose, including his job, and the hate-filled bigotry of the LGBT culture gladly took that job from him. You, on the other hand, appear to have nothing to lose, so why not cater to the bullies and go with the flow? It is an easy decision for a person who doesn’t understand the implications). 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. (Maybe you have facts and statistics to support this. Care to share them?).
I have great reverence for religious freedom. (Clearly not Tim. Just making such a claim isn’t enough, and the way you are behaving makes this a hypocritical statement). As a child, I was baptized in a Baptist church, and faith has always been an important part of my life (Care to expand on your faith Tim? Being baptized is a great start, but your apparent ignorance of Christ’s teachings magnifies the need to talk about those teachings so you can get help in understanding them. After all, God… the creator of the universe… wishes authentic love from us and sent his only Son to teach us how to receive eternal salvation. Christ’s teachings on marriage are in direct conflict with the LGBT lifestyle. So, your belief in Christ is a lot more important than providing electronics to a culture that is drowning in technology, right? Oh, and if you are reading this and now please note that Tim brought up the religion reference before I did). I was never taught, nor do I believe, that religion should be used as an excuse to discriminate. (Hey, Tim gets one sentence right. Well, kind of. He clearly misinterprets the word, “discriminate”. I wonder if he’s ever heard of the word, “repent”. I’m guessing he considers that a very offensive word. It is wrong to discriminate against a person, but we must all discriminate between right and wrong, good and bad and truth vs. lies).
I remember what it was like to grow up in the South in the 1960s and 1970s. (Hmmm… tell us all about the struggles of being a white male, who was born in 1960, Tim). Discrimination isn’t something that’s easy to oppose (Especially when you can’t even define it, understand it or recognize it because the LGBT activists have hijacked it from reality to place it in their world of fiction). It doesn’t always stare you in the face. It moves in the shadows. And sometimes it shrouds itself within the very laws meant to protect us. (Oh, you mean the equal protection laws that are meant for African Americans, disabled and women that are now being used as weapons against Christian merchants who simply want to sell cakes, flowers, photos, etc… without being forced to celebrate homosexual behavior?)
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. Regardless of what the law might allow in Indiana or Arkansas, we will never tolerate discrimination. (Great. Isn’t that enough? Or do you need to shove your belief down the throats of others? That is what the LGBT activists want you to do. And they know that your money and fame will help them do that very thoroughly. It takes a lot of cowardice to be a bully.)
Men and women have fought and died fighting to protect our country’s founding principles of freedom and equality. (Whatever those were, right Tim? Don’t let me speak for you, but you probably think Jefferson, Washington, Adams and the others believed that religion was bad, had caused most of the world’s wars and suffering over the centuries and had no place in the public life of the new world. And you probably believe the founding fathers’ idea of equality was that same-sex marriage were good. Tell me Tim, did George Washington believe that two moms or two dads were just as good for children as a child’s mother and father?) We owe it to them, to each other and to our future to continue to fight with our words and our actions to make sure we protect those ideals. The days of segregation and discrimination marked by “Whites Only” signs on shop doors, water fountains and restrooms must remain deep in our past. We must never return to any semblance of that time. America must be a land of opportunity for everyone. (Tim would prefer a sign that says, “All Beliefs Are Equal Except Those With Which We Disagree. Those Are Hateful, especially if you believe marriage is between one man and one woman.” I know that would be a really long sign, but Tim would probably love to see that posted in every home in the world).
This isn’t a political issue (Tim ignores the fact that he wants federal legislation protecting people in the LGBT lifestyle). It isn’t a religious issue (For those without any defined or identifiable religious beliefs who believe that Jesus would pat the LGBT community on the back and tell them to keep up the behavior…). This is about how we treat each other as human beings (“Love everyone” is a religious teaching Tim. Have you ever heard of the Bible? I can send you one if you don’t have one). Opposing discrimination takes courage (But Tim, you are going with the flow. All you get are big warm hugs and smiles from all the politicians, everyone in your own industry and the entire national media. I bet that is really difficult). With the lives and dignity of so many people at stake, it’s time for all of us to be courageous. (I agree Tim. Do you care to join us in this fight or are you going to stick with the LGBT bullies? My guess is that you will stick with the LGBT activists until such time as it impacts your pocket book. The dignity of the human person is tied to truth, not “equality”. Truth says that we are all created in the image and likeness of God and that we must protect and respect each human person because of our unique place in creation. We do not hold up our end of this deal if we allow people to engage in extremely unhealthy and dangerous behavior such as the LGBT lifestyle which suffers from significant health problems and health risks that can be avoided only by abstinence and chastity. The LGBT lifestyle places the pleasure and feelings of adults on the top of the list, displacing the priorities which should be above an adult’s pleasure and feelings. On the very top of the list should be children, followed closely by the other adults and youth in our family. We show them true love by looking out for their best interests, not by ignoring their choices and behaviors when those choices and behaviors can cause them serious pain, suffering and harm.)