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Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins Attacks Tim Cook, Hints At Apple Boycott - LISTEN

6a00d8341c730253ef01a73d7033c4970d-200wiHomophobe Tony Perkins, the leader of listed hate group Family Research Council has taken umbrage with Apple CEO Tim Cook’s decision to come out, reports Good As You.

Last month, Perkins claimed that gay rights are part of a wider "anti-life" agenda to end humanity as we know it.  In February he attacked Disney for featuring a same-sex couple on ‘Good Luck Charlie.’

Although it goes without saying that Perkins and co. will jump on any anti-gay bandwagon, he is less than happy when business leaders take a pro-equality stance. Back in April for example, and with a complete lack of insight, Perkins weighed in on the Chick-Fil-A controversy by claiming that “tolerance is a one-way street for [people who seek equal rights]. What they want to do is force the rest of America not to just to tolerate but to celebrate what they're doing.”

With his finger firmly on the pulse, Perkins says that Cook's announcement has "upset the apple cart" and hints at a potential boycott:

"When companies get involved in cultural battles, every consumer is forced to take part. As conservatives we aren’t looking for businesses to take our side - we just want them to be neutral. Of course, Tim Cook has the right to express his views but consumers have rights too, including the right to respond. As Christians we’re called to be good stewards of god’s money...and apps like 2nd Vote and Faith-Driven Consumer help shoppers do exactly that. Let’s face it, money talks and corporate America is listening.”

Who wouldn't love to see Family Research Council boycott Apple for Christmas?

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Stephen Colbert Wags His Finger at Tim Cook's Gayness: VIDEO

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In his Tip/Wag segment last night, Stephen Colbert took a look at Nazi dairy products, the news that men who have multiple sexual partners have a lower incidence of prostate cancer, and Tim Cook's coming out.

Warns Colbert:

"Yes, Apple CEO Tim Cook has come out as gay, which means two years from now, Microsoft's CEO will also come out as gay."

He also advises Cook on what he should have done:

"As a corporate titan this man should follow tradition and hide his sexuality in the Caymans."

Finally, he's angry Cook shows no remorse for being gay, and forecasts what is going to happen six months from now.

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A Russian Monument to Honor Steve Jobs Has Been Torn Down Because Tim Cook is Gay

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In St. Petersburg, Russia, a memorial to the late Apple founder Steve Jobs which resembled a giant iPhone with a large screening and a QR code on the back has been taken down by ZEFS, the company which funded its erection in 2013, Business Insider reports:

Speaking in a press release sent to Russian media outlets, ZEFS chairman Maxim Dolgopolov explained that the memorial was torn down for two reasons: Tim Cook coming out as gay and Edward Snowden's revelations about NSA spying. (Snowden's documents suggest Apple products were used by the NSA to conduct surveillance.) He didn't rule out reinstalling the memorial, however, but said that it would only return if it could be modified to instruct Russian citizens to use products from companies other than Apple.

Apparently the Snowden revelations didn't warrant the monument's removal on their own since they happened months ago. ZEFS Chief Maxim Dolgopolov told Business FM Radio that because Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay, the monument now violates Russia's law banning gay "propaganda" to minors. He also urged users to switch to computer products that are not subject to surveillance (good luck).

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Financial Guru Suze Orman on Apple CEO Tim Cook and the Power of Coming Out: VIDEO

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Suze Orman weighs in on the significance of Apple CEO Tim Cook bring the first leader of a Fortune 500 company to come out of the closet.

Says Orman:

"Tim Cook's coming out publicly will be the door opener for a lot of other people that so want to come out but they're just afraid to do so."

But more illuminating is when Orman talks about being pushed out of the closet publicly (in a 2007 interview)in the NYT:

"What was so sad about that interview that was done by Deborah Solomon is that was the time, and the interview was really supposed to be about my book that was coming out called Women and Money which was a really important book. Now she's announcing to everybody that I'm gay and what I didn't want was for people to think that I had staged that! I didn't want them to think that it was a marketing thing, and I never thought that I was in the closet. I've only ever been with a woman. Everybody at CNBC knew I was gay. I never hid it."

Adds Orman:

"But the truth of the matter is this. I was always afraid of that reporter asking me the question outright - are you gay? And then I would have to answer it because, how would I know how everybody would respond to that? So on some level she did me the biggest favor in my life because it was after that article came out that I was able to stand in my truth in my own power and I became even more successful than I had been prior to that...There was nothing negative that came from it, and the positive thing that came from it was me, and how I felt about myself. And I hope for Tim Cook as well - he's going to feel more powerful, a more powerful person is a better leader, a better leader makes a better company, and I hope it shows up one day in Apple's performance."

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Ted Cruz Will Still Love His iPhone Despite Apple CEO Tim Cook Coming Out as Gay: VIDEO

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In a discussion on CNBC's Squawk Box this morning about the GOP and social conservatives, firebrand Texas Senator Ted Cruz was asked to weigh in on Tim Cook's newly minted status as Apple's openly gay CEO, The Hill reports

"Those are his personal choices. I’ll tell you, I love my iPhone," Cruz said.

"Listen, Tim Cook makes his personal decisions, and that is his life. My focus is on the constitutional question of who has the authority to make decisions," he later added. 

Cruz, who has led the charge against the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision earlier this month and Houston's subpoena of anti-gay pastors, was also asked by CNBC's Rebecca Quick to explain his anti-gay positions.

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St. Petersburg Lawmaker Says Openly Gay Apple CEO Tim Cook Should Be Banned From Russia 'For Life'

Vitaly Milonov, the St. Petersburg lawmaker behind the city's anti-gay "propaganda" ban and the disruptions at last month's Queerfest, is now calling for a lifetime travel ban on Apple CEO Tim Cook, who came out publicly as gay earlier this morning.

Buzzfeed reports:

Milonov“What could he bring us? The Ebola virus, AIDS, gonorrhea? They all have unseemly ties over there,” St. Petersburg city council member Vitaly Milonov told the FlashNord website on Thursday. “Ban him for life.” [...]

Milonov, an MP in St. Petersburg whose local “gay propaganda” ban became the basis for the controversial federal law passed last year, is an iPhone and iPad owner but recently declared that an iPhone 6 his “European homophobe friends” gave him was too vulnerable to U.S. spying for Russian officials to use.

Last year, Bloomberg reported that Apple's share of Russia's smartphone market was around the 8 percent mark, as the device is "too pricey for all but the wealthiest of the country's 143 million people"

Earlier this year, Apple was asked by Russian LGBT organizations to cut ties with Russian phone retailer Euroset following comments made by the company's creative director suggesting that gays deserved to be burned alive in furnaces


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