It wasn’t mere “disagreement.” There were a number of threats of sanctions from a number of corporations, and Cook is on record stating that any such legislation securing religious freedom is to be opposed in any form.
Salesforce offered employees $50,000 relocation packages to move out of Indiana and suspended employee travel to the state and canceled Indiana events.
Angie’s List threatened to cancel a $40 million expansion plan for its Indianapolis headquarters, thereby extinguishing 1,000 new jobs by 2019.
General Electric, PayPal, Yelp, Gap Inc. and Levi Strauss & Co. decided, on behalf of the voters of Indiana that the laws “must be stopped.”
Amazon pulled out of an Indianapolis conference, as did Pivotal, Platfora, Cloudera and EMC.
Tim Cook wrote a Washington Post op-ed opposing this kind of legislation that secures religious rights “wherever it emerges,” and certainly freedom of expression will not be tolerated on the Apple platform no matter what the First Amendment holds.
First to NOT be protected, and in fact banned from Apple, will be anything that Cook finds “offensive, insensitive, upsetting, intended to disgust or in exceptionally poor taste.”
I find Cook’s censorial attitude to be upsetting and offensive. Will he be banned from speaking or being heard?
I didn’t think so. Some “religiously” held opinions count more than others, I suppose. And only some – not all – of those will be protected, which is why Cook, et al, opposed protecting all religious opinions in order to protect only some.
All the more reason why none ought to be censored merely because someone, somewhere, finds them “offensive, insensitive, upsetting, intended to disgust or in exceptionally poor taste.” First Amendment.