In his Sunday Washington Post op-ed, Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has publicly identified as homosexual, complained that Indiana is part of a “new wave of legislation” designed to discriminate against gays.
In fact its not new wave. Nineteen states already have laws substantially like Indiana’s, most of them enacted over a decade ago. The federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act was signed into law by President Clinton in 1993 .
The Indiana law, like the others, tries to prevent the government from “substantially burdening” someone’s religious beliefs, unless it has a compelling interest to do so and uses the “least restrictive means.”
In his op-ed, Cook says he was compelled to speak out against the Indiana law because Apple “will never tolerate discrimination.”
However only last year, Apple won the right to set up retail and marketing operations in Saudi Arabia, where being homosexual is illegal. Just a few months later, a 24-year-old gay Saudi Arabian was sentenced to 450 lashes and three years in jail for the crime of using Twitter to arrange dates with other men.
Nobody heard a whisper about that from Cook.