George Will blasted Apple CEO Tim Cook Tuesday on “Special Report” for his continued critique of the Indiana religious freedom law while he does business with Saudi Arabia.
The syndicated columnist told host Bret Baier that while Cook believes Indiana is a “horrible” place, he opened up Apple operations in the Middle Eastern nation which continues to persecute individuals for being gay. Will sarcastically added that “the selective indignation” on Cook’s part is “wonderful.”
GEORGE WILL: There’s nothing more tiresome in modern American life than the indignation sweepstakes we get in all the time to see who can be most angry about this and that. Tim Cook as was mentioned, the CEO of Apple… thinks Indiana is a horrible place. He opened marketing and retailing operations in Saudi Arabia two months before a man was sentenced to 450 lashes for being gay. The selective indignation is itself wonderful.
There are two important principles at stake here. One is the government should rarely, and only at extreme difficulty, compel people to take actions contrary to their consciences. The other is that when you open your doors to commerce you open them to everybody. That’s a simple thing. It goes back to the ’64 Civil Rights act, public accommodations section which is surely a great moment in American history. So, you kind of work this out, but the indignation isn’t helping.