Apple Fritters away Freedom in Arkansas

By Tony Perkins This Apple doesn’t fall far from the intolerant tree. In Arkansas, tech mogul Apple is jumping in feet-first to a local debate over religious liberty — and it’s not tough to see why. The world’s largest publicly traded company just fired a lobbyist for no other reason than his conservative views — and they don’t want anything to get in the way of doing it again. A Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is one of the best weapons Christians have to protect their First Amendment rights to live and work according to their faith. So it stands to reason that Apple would take an active role blocking these laws — especially if they would help stop them from sacking conservatives like Jay Love for their moral views. “At Apple,” a spokesman said, “inclusion inspires innovation.” (Inclusion, apparently, of everyone except Christians who live out their faith.) “Our employees in Little Rock have a right to equal treatment under the law, as do their coworkers… around the world. We join the many voices across Arkansas in opposing HB 1228 and we urge state legislators to vote against the bill.” Unfortunately for our friends in the Natural State, that seems to have gummed up the works for passing the measure. If you live in Arkansas — or know someone who does — I encourage you to call your state officials and urge them to stop listening to big business and start listening to voters. Meanwhile, in Indiana, the state senate seems less concerned about Silicon Valley’s input and moved to pass their local RFRA in a landslide 40-10 vote. “You don’t have to look too far to find a growing hostility toward people of faith,” Sen. Scott Schneider told reporters. The good news continued in West Virginia, which passed a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, when science shows that babies feel excruciating pain. Now, if only Congress would follow their example and do the same! Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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