There are some seriously awful pieces of legislation that are being proposed all over the country these days.
Recently, in Arkansas, employees now can refuse service to a person on religious grounds, and no other reason. In Texas, legislation was proposed that would strip employees of their salaries and benefits simply for issuing same-sex marriage licenses, no matter what the Supreme Court has to say.
Well, Apple CEO Tim Cook was raised in the south during the civil rights era, and he’s making sure his voice is heard. The exec penned a column in the Washington Post where he made it clear that Apple will accept anyone and everyone because nondiscrimination is why people came to America in the first place.
Cook started by acknowledging, “There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country.”
We could paraphrase what he said, but the way that Tim laid it all out, literally in black and white, is so powerful that you should read it for yourself:
“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…
I have great reverence for religious freedom. 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…
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. 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.
This isn’t a political issue. It isn’t a religious issue. This is about how we treat each other as human beings. Opposing discrimination takes courage. With the lives and dignity of so many people at stake, it’s time for all of us to be courageous.”
It’s hard to believe that there are people who are still so ignorant that they can’t see who people decide to love doesn’t make them any different than anyone else.
We hope Tim’s words will help others be courageous and stand up for equality.
[Image via Pacific Coast News Online.]