Dale Price at Dyspeptic Mutterings takes a jaundiced eye to the pious declamations of corporate leaders against the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act:
Indiana: The Worst Place Ever?
It is if you listen to Apple CEO and billionaire, Tim Cook (scroll down).
Enacting a state-law religious freedom restoration act makes it a veritable hotbed of discrimination and such. According to him of the ironclad principles.
However, if you have an ounce of intellectual integrity, you’d ignore Tim Cook, given that he just opened the world’s largest Apple store in the United Arab Emirates last month.
That would be the same United Arab Emirates where you can be put on trial for “gay handshakes” and other through-the-looking-glass views of human rights.
So, think of that when pondering Cook’s admonition that “opposing discrimination takes courage.” When dollars are on the line, his courage is placed into some kind of medically-induced coma. Well, OK, to be fair–Apple also expanded into Saudi Arabia this year, too, so…
Oh, and speaking of corporate posturing–Angie’s List, too, is just so concerned about Indiana these days, alleging that it has to pass on the expansion of its headquarters in Hate Central.
Or is there just the outside chance it’s trying to posture for good publicity in the wake of major credibility problems posed by a lawsuit filed three weeks ago in Pennsylvania and the likelihood that public funding would not be approved? You decide!
Filed March 11 in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, the lawsuit alleges that Angie’s, an online consumer review service, manipulates company ratings that are sold to its subscribers as impartial user reviews. It does so, the lawsuit claims, by giving paid advertisers preferential treatment, such as boosting their visibility on the site and suppressing negative reviews.
Go here to read the rest. This week has summed up the truth of the adage of Horace Walpole: The world is a comedy to those that think; a tragedy to those that feel.