NY’s Governor Cuomo slams Indiana’s RFRA, yet plans on official visit to Cuba

The softer side of Andrew Cuomo.
The softer side of Andrew Cuomo.

New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo may perceive that Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) could lead to legalized discrimination against homosexuals and lesbians when it comes to wedding cakes and reception photos, but he also doesn’t seem to have much of a problem when it comes to rubbing shoulders with a Communist dictatorship that places homosexuals and lesbians in concentration camps or executing them. As reported by Joseph Spector of Gannett News, Albany Bureau (via WGRZ of Buffalo, NY) on March 31, 2015, the Chief Executive has placed an immediate ban on all but essential contact between the Empire State and the Land of the Hoosiers, ostensibly over Governor Mike Pence recently signing the RFRA into law.

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Apple’s gay CEO slams Indiana, opens stores in Saudi Arabia

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The 2009 decapitation and subsequent public crucifixion of Ahmed bin ‘Adhaib bin ‘Askar al-Shamlani al-’Anzi, who was executed on charges of homosexual intercourse.

In what Indiana’s governor and his supporters describe as defense of any given individual’s religious convictions, detractors roundly decry as blatant discrimination against the LGBT community. Possibly the best explanation of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) rendered down to two sentences would be that as reported by CBS News on March 30, 2015, “Supporters say it protects a person or business owner from government persecution when following their religious beliefs. But opponents say the measure gives businesses a free pass to refuse gay and lesbian customers on religious grounds.”

Despite the Hoosier State’s Governor Mike Pence stressing the new law wouldn’t legalize discrimination against certain individuals or groups, but instead would protect the religious convictions of service providers such as pro-life pharmacists forced to sell abortifacients (abortion-inducing drugs), a number of high profile pro-LBGT advocates have slammed Pence and the Indiana legislature. One of the more prominent would be Apple CEO Tim Cook, who the Gawker.com news portal tagged in 2011 as “The the Most Powerful Gay Man in America.”

As reported by CBS, Cook took to the editorial pages of The Washington Post to slam the RFRA as he believes it “goes against the very principles our nation was founded on.” Not done yet, Cook also opined “On behalf of Apple, I’m standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation wherever it emerges. I’m writing in the hopes that many more will join this movement.”

However, Cook made no mention of Apple Inc. expanding to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia last year. As reported by Arabian Business on Dec. 20, 2014, Apple opened two new stores in Riyadh and Al Khobar. According to Apple’s official website, the corporation has well over 14 retail stores within the Kingdom, as well as numerous other stores the width and breadth of the Muslim World. A number of the same Muslim-majority nations also adhere to Islamic Shari’a law which clearly states homosexuality to be illegal.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia takes it a bit further. Saudi Arabia executes homosexuals. Publicly executing homosexuals isn’t the only Shari’a compliant move taken in the oil rich nation. Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the powerful Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, declared in 2012 that it is “necessary to destroy all the [Christian] churches of the region.” Not finished with calling for the death of homosexuals or bulldozing churches, the Sheikh also gave the official thumbs-up for 10-year-old girls to be married off against their will.