The openly gay CEO of Apple has taken a powerful stance on the anti-gay bill passed by Indiana. In an inspiring op-ed for the ‘Washington Post,’ Tim Cook blasts politicians for abusing their power to promote discrimination.
Tim Cook, 54, refuses to stand by and watch as the LGBT community of Indiana is openly discriminated against by their own government’s poor decision making. In hopes of spreading his message of equality and hope, the CEO of Apple penned a short op-ed piece for the Washington Post. Hopefully, his words can help inspire a movement.
Tim Cook: Indiana’s Anti-Gay Bill Is ‘Dangerous’
“I have great reverence for religious freedom,” Tim wrote in his op-ed piece, which was published on Sunday night, March 29. “As a child, I was baptized in a Baptist church, and faith has always been an important part of my life. I was never taught, nor do I believe, that religion should be used as an excuse to discriminate.”
These are powerful words coming from a very powerful man, and they were made to resonate with Americans all over the country. Tim is just one of the thousands — if not millions — who are outraged by the anti-gay bill that was passed by Indiana legislators.
Unfortunately, the anti-gay act doesn’t end with Indiana.
“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,” Tim explained. “Say individuals can cite their personal religious beliefs to refuse service to a customer or resist a state nondiscrimination law.”
Discrimination Belongs In Our Past, Not Our Future
Tim’s piece was not just powerful, it was also filled with important reminders about how America was founded on the promise of freedom. He also made it very clear that discriminating against the LGBT community is no different that doing so against people of color and different ethnicities.
“Men and women have fought and died fighting to protect our country’s founding principles of freedom and equality. 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,” Tim wrote. “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.”
Be sure to read Tim’s full piece in the Washington Post by clicking HERE.
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— Lauren Cox