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Potential 2016 candidates respond to Indiana law: They are falling for votes, not freedom

Potential 2016 candidates respond to Indiana law: They are falling for votes, not freedom

Potential 2016 candidates respond to Indiana law: They are falling for votes, not freedom

Freedom, particularly individual freedom has always been a hallmark of the US. But things are changing pretty fast. Now, many states are making laws that are discriminatory in nature and may give the present day US a look of medieval Europe.

This tendency, without doubt, is suicidal and it must be stopped right away. Merely the other day tim Cook in an edit page article in a leading daily said that there was a need to stand up against such laws. He was talking about Indiana’s recently introduced ‘Religious Freedom’ law. But to be true, such laws are not limited to Indiana. Many other states too are coming out with such laws.

Apple boss Tim Cook who is seen as a rare tech genius said, “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”.

Tim CookHe went on to blast such discriminatory law by saying, “America’s business community recognized a long time ago that discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business. At Apple, we are in business to empower and enrich our customers’ lives. We strive to do business in a way that is just and fair. That’s why, on behalf of Apple, I’m standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation — wherever it emerges.”

But there are people who are backing such laws. This is particularly true of Republican leaders. They are backing Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is presidential hopeful says, “I think Governor Pence has done the right thing…There are many cases where people acting on their conscience have been castigated by the government…This is really an important value for our country, in a diverse country,where you can be tolerant of people’s lifestyles but allow people of faith to exercise theirs”. It seems that everything that can get him a few extra votes is a great thing.

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