I Repent of My Macbook Pro

I Repent of My Macbook Pro April 13, 2015
Photo Source: Wikimedia by Valerie Marchevy http://www.flickr.com/people/27244079@N02
Photo Source: Wikimedia by Valerie Marchevy http://www.flickr.com/people/27244079@N02

I didn’t know that the money I spent on my computer would fund an attack on my religious freedom.

If I had known, I would have bought elsewhere.

I’m a mac. Big time.

I own a Macbook Pro, a Macbook Air 11″, iPad, iPhone, and a Mac Pro.

I’ve also got a couple of old iPods lying around that I don’t use much anymore. I’ve passed along my old hardware to family members. The Apple logo dots my family landscape like a bad case of measles.

I’ve put down a bit of personal coin, buying Apple. But if I had known that my gadget dollars would end up funding an attack on the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, that it would go to fuel Christian-bashing bigots who talk about burning down small businesses, I would have put my coin in another slot.

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, says that Apple is “boycotting” Indiana. I don’t know exactly what this “boycott” means. Are they closing the Apple stores in Indiana? Or will they refuse to ship their goodies to Indiana? Are they turning off iCloud for Hoosiers? Or, is this just a public flexing of the corporate political muscle, a coded way of saying “we’re going to buy more obedient politicians?” I’m guessing that it’s the latter.

I suppose if Mr Cook does the unthinkable and lowers corporate profits by closing up shop in Indiana, the good people of that state will have to muddle through with pcs and Androids and such. I can tell you for a fact that Dropbox has iCloud beat like a drum. Intolerable as losing the next new Apple thingy might be for fanboys and girls, they will soon learn that life goes on, even without a local Apple store.

Mr Cook says that “Apple will never tolerate discrimination.”

This, from a guy who does not flinch about building his products in China, does business with the liberal and gay-loving governments of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Uganda and the United Arab Emirates. I guess the death penalties for homosexuality in those countries, not to mention the horrible misogyny, don’t constitute “discrimination” for Mr Cook and his Apple, because it appears that they they can certainly tolerate it.

Of course, it might just be that there’s money to be made in those places, and, well, Apple’s intolerance of discrimination can be expected to only go so far.

All I know is that I repent of ever having bought a Mac. I am sorry, oh so sorry, that I accidentally put money that I worked for into the coffers of a corporation that thinks it is my moral teacher instead of my gadget manufacturer.

Because, you see, I don’t think that any of our big multinational corporations have skirts clean enough to give a lecture on morality to anybody, not even a room full of serial killers. These corporations have bought our government and are running this country into the ground while they stuff their own pockets by draining every last bit of cash out of the economy.

They do their deals with slavers, murderers and tyrants from pole to pole. They go to places where they can do whatever they want to the environment and the people and do deals that enrich themselves and their counterparts on the other side. They love Communist nations with their slave labor. They are not offended by countries that execute homosexuals for being gay. Beheadings, kidnapping, human trafficking, needless but highly profitable wars, slavery and misogyny so deep and ugly that it scars the human soul to witness it, are all in a day’s profit to our corporate masters.

These corporations who are lecturing us about morality are not immoral. They are amoral. They are like huge vacuums, sucking up all the wealth and power until they have drained everything else utterly dry and dead.

And now they’ve decided that the money lies in beating down Christianity. The reasons behind this have nothing to do with “homophobia” or that little law from Indiana.

Christianity is the last wall standing between corporatists and total domination of this once great country. Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, St John Paul II labeled this particular form of facism “corporatism.” Bishops such as Oscar Romero, priests like Father Stanley Rother, nuns such as the four murdered nuns of Nicaragua and Sister Dianna Ortiz, have all shed their blood for being loyal to Christ in corporatist countries.

The Catholic Church, with its insistence that human life is sacred and human beings matter, is the one voice capable of standing against corporatism. That is why their minions in the media were so quick to attack Pope Francis and try to label him — of all ridiculous things — a Communist.

That was particularly rich, coming as it did from people who are the mouthpieces for corporations that built Communist China into the industrial power that it has become.

“Homophobia” as it is being used in attacks about the Indiana religious freedom law, is just a ruse for attacking Christianity. It is another ploy in the on-going and utterly ruthless game of driving Christian thinking and Christian voices from the public square.

Those who are so eager to support this drive need to think carefully what they do. If they succeed, who will be left to defend them when they and their cause becomes unprofitable, as well?

I repent of the Macbook Pro on which I am typing this blog post. I wish I had never bought the thing.

I don’t have the money to throw everything out and start over. But when replacement time comes, I will remember.

I’m going to start in a couple of weeks with the Apple Watch. That’s several hundred dollars I can save.

I’m not sure how I’ll spend the money I save by not buying an Apple Watch. Maybe I’ll use it to organize a bigots-be-gone demonstration at the local Apple store. Or maybe I could go to Indiana and buy some pizza.

Whatever I decide, I will do my best to put it somewhere so that it won’t come back at me later as a political bullet, aimed at my Constitutional Rights.

 


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36 responses to “I Repent of My Macbook Pro”

  1. Me too. The only Mac product I own is an ipod. But I’ve sworn off buying from Itunes. But just about all these executives from high tech companies are socially Liberal. I’m surprised carly Fiorina is running as a Republican. I don’t know her social values postions, though.

  2. From the article you link: “Yet, you would be a fool to expect them to shake their fists with equal vigor in less tolerant countries — unless your goal is to get them fired. The Almighty Dollar reigns supreme in the publicly traded companies they run.”

    My point, exactly, and my almighty dollars are going somewhere else.

  3. Nicely said! I am done with them too.
    I don’t suppose you have seen the movie “Dogma”? There is a good scene involving Corporatism and Gods wrath. I think you would like it. It certainly applies to your post.

  4. When I was doing tech support for the Archdiocese in the late 1980s, Mac was Mandated from the top.

    Even for schools that could barely scrounge together 10 year old computers for their students.

    Just think how they all feel now.

  5. I thought, and still think, that the Indiana boycott was unjustifiable. And you are perfectly right about corporations talking from both sides of their mouths when it comes to human rights here and elsewhere.

    But

    ““Homophobia” as it is being used in attacks about the Indiana religious freedom law, is just a ruse for attacking Christianity.”

    No, I have to go on disagreeing there. Gay rights activists aren’t interested in attacking Christianity per se. They’re interested in gay rights, which sometimes requires disagreeing with some Christians.

    The Church isn’t being silenced. Fred Phelps died a free man, and his congregation continues his hateful legacy. All it gets them is well-deserved public ridicule.

    They’re not the Church? They think they are.

    More to the point, same-sex marriage was legalized in my state a few years ago. The Archdiocese campaigned vigorously against it, but it passed anyway. Since then, bishops and pastors go on reiterating Church teachings on sexuality, the Archbishop writes columns for the local newspaper on that as well as other topics, parish life goes on as before.

    Nothing is stopping the hierarchy from speaking out for the disadvantaged as well as against a social change that they disapprove of, and to their credit, often they do.

    And, while not everyone agrees with the Catholic church’s understanding of sacredness, plenty of non-Catholic, non-Christians, and non-theists, are perfectly capable of valuing individual human lives over corporate profits. Wouldn’t the Church be better off allying with them where there’s common ground?

  6. In other words, where I seem “liberal,” you agree. Where I seem “conservative,” you disagree.

    You have a lot of mirror images on the other side.

    It’s why I was such a lightning rod as a legislator, and why I draw so much fire as a blogger. I just call ’em as I see ’em regardless of which side of the divide on which they happen to fall. The inevitably means I get both sides mad at me.

    Hope this blog doesn’t give you a headache, my flowery friend. 🙂

  7. I look at it this way. I’ll be using a Mac against Apple as I blog. But I guess I will have to look for a different tablet. Was thinking of an iPad to have compatibility with my laptop, but I guess I need to research alternatives.

  8. Just for accuracy sake, Cook has NOT called for a boycott of Indiana. He stated his opposition to the law and said “Apple is open for business to everyone” in Indiana. But they are still opening several stores there.

  9. Me also. To a T. I’ve been using Macs since 1986. I’ve also decided not to buy the watch.

  10. My ISP didn’t block Mass Resistance. I don’t know if the site is hateful or misinformed and passing along information that is wrong and/or made up. There are many articles there that do not have credible sources or no sources at all.

  11. Good for you! I am only impressed by boycotts when they involve personal sacrifice. I use Charity Mobile for my family’s five cell phones to avoid giving money to PP. It means I use a three year old phone and get laughed at when I seek cover for it at a real store. So what. I sleep well at night.

  12. About a year ago I had noticed that I could only download “Monastery Podcast”, the Benedictines of Perpetual Adoration podcasts of the Liturgy of the Hours from Clyde MO on my home wifi & not over the air with my phone. Puzzled I changed the webguard setting from PG13 to NC17. Presto. I asked Tmobile , Subject Line:Web guard blocks podcasts of nuns singing the psalms?

    & got this reply: “Due that it is dealing with something that is questionable in nature ( in order words, politics). But if you go to apple support site for podcast you may request for them to review the content in question. The web guard gets the rating from the 3rd party provider, once it has been reviewed it may no longer be rated NC17.”

    So I don’t know if it is Apple or DHS that has lumped us in with terrorists.

    Oh, & the Vatican Radio liturgical podcasts are blocked too.

    I forwarded this to Sr. Sean who runs the website. She was shocked.

    Holy Father Benedict, pray for us…

  13. Rebuttal –

    Massachusetts HIV/AIDS Data Fact Sheet
    http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/aids/2012-profiles/epidemic-glance.pdf

    “Since 2000, there are more people living with HIV/
    AIDS in Massachusetts and fewer people being diagnosed with HIV infection. From 2000 to 2010, the number of people living with HIV/AIDS increased by 42%. During the same time period the number of HIV infection diagnoses decreased by 45% and the number of deaths among people reported with HIV/AIDS decreased by 34%.

  14. So arguing one side of a hotly debated political issue has now become hateful? We used to be able to freely and openly discuss things in this country, when public issues arose. But suddenly, people are pretending that no one can bring up certain facts because such and such a group cannot stand the heat of open debate. This is a regressive movement and is against everything the country stands for.

    Just so people understand the kind of thing that is on the site, here is a sample of the kind of thing:

    In 2006 the Parkers and Wirthlins filed a federal Civil Rights lawsuit to force the schools to notify parents and allow them to opt-out their elementary-school children when homosexual-related subjects were taught. The federal judges dismissed the case. The judges ruled that because same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts, the school actually had a duty to normalize homosexual relationships to children, and that schools have no obligation to notify parents or let them opt-out their children! Acceptance of homosexuality had become a matter of good citizenship!

    Think about that: Because same-sex marriage is “legal”, a federal judge has ruled that the schools now have a duty to portray homosexual relationships as normal to children, despite what parents think or believe!”

    Now, this may be entirely accurate, or it may not be. But it seems to be the kind of robust political debate we used to relish in this country. When we have gotten to calling this sort of political debate “hate speech”, then we really have descended towards an elimination of the concepts this country was founded on.

  15. Dang. I was just getting ready to buy an Iphone, and a new Ipod.

    I will now be getting something from another company. i would prefer to have an iphone, because that is sort of the standard. But not at this cost. Not at the cost of our civil liberties.

  16. A robust political debate starts with facts. Mass Resistance is using lies and/or very misleading information to scare people instead of presenting information with clear and consise sources.

    Public schools have to follow state laws.

    Gay marriage has been legal in Massachusetts for almost 11 years. As long as some kids have been alive. They go to school with kids who don’t have nuclear families whether it’s grandma raising them, being shipped between mom and dad or two dads/two moms.

    Original court ruling regarding Parkers and Wirthlins –
    http://graphics.boston.com/multimedia/2007/02/23lexington/parker.pdf

    Appeal ruling
    http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-1st-circuit/1387902.html

    “Public schools are not obliged to shield individual students from ideas which potentially are religiously offensive, particularly when the school imposes no requirement that the student agree with or affirm those ideas, or even participate in discussions about them,

    On the facts, there is no viable claim of “indoctrination” here. Without suggesting that such showings would suffice to establish a claim of indoctrination, we note the plaintiffs’ children were not forced to read the books on pain of suspension.   Nor were they subject to a constant stream of like materials.   There is no allegation here of a formalized curriculum requiring students to read many books affirming gay marriage.

    The reading by a teacher of one book, or even three, and even if to a young and impressionable child, does not constitute “indoctrination.”

  17. Fair warning. The movie’s got a fair amount of vulgarity and while there are (more than a few) quite funny segments, on the whole the movie is basically a textbook Cafeteria Catholic screeching about the Church insisting he be Catholic.

  18. Thanks. I misunderstood. It doesn’t really sound like something I would find entertaining.

  19. One question that is need an answer in order to understand the various data is what group is being surveyed? Are the stats you are quoting taken from men only? Are they taken from MA citizens, or all of America? Are the confined to America?

    Also, it is necessary to read the survey itself to see what definitions they use for infection. What time period are they referencing? How do they distinguish a new diagnosis from a previous diagnosis. Is this a direct survey, or a survey of surveys?

    There are lots of other questions. The point is that statistics often fall into the I say potato, you say potahto area. I could easily take one set of data and derive conclusions that opposed one another, depending on how I defined things and what parts of the sample I chose to include or exclude.

    Finally, when you start talking about HIV, you are not talking in terms of truth or even science. You are talking in terms of politics and big government pork barrel. That automatically means you are dealing with misinformation.

    I very seldom use statistic to buttress my views because 18 years of reading government reports has taught me that they are generally written with an agenda and that the statistics are often bogus.

  20. I knew you and I would eventually agree on something. I think this is a fine thing on which to do it. 🙂

  21. I don’t know, did they?

    But as the entire basic premise of the site seems to be “Homosexuals are icky,and they’re coming for your children,” I don’t have much respect for them.

  22. No, homosexual activists did NOT terrorize a Boston church during an ex-gay conference while police watched. The activists had a march that ended at the church. I watched the video on Mass Resistance. The activists were rude and loud. There was no terrorizing.

    The police watched because no laws were being violated.

  23. I have no idea how much Massachusetts spends on domestic abuse.

    If you want to believe Mass Resistance is a true representation of what is going in in Massachusetts, there’s nothing I can say to change that. Luckily, most people see the website for what it is.

  24. I don’t know anything about the group of web site in question. But I’m not comfortable with just going at them. Let’s try to get back on the issues and off this website, whatever it is.

  25. I have two words for you; just two words. Are you listening?

    Just two words: Linux Mint.

    Get accustomed to accomplishing your desktop work through a free ecosystem, and you’ll never be locked in to some doofus CEO’s activism again.

    Heck, once you learn your way around the Linux world using something like Mint — which is currently the Linux distribution with the best combination of ease-of-learning and broad community support — you open the door to understanding any one of about a hundred OTHER slightly-different-but-very-similar Linux distros.

    That way, if something ever goes bad with the guys providing Linux Mint, you can ditch that without fear, because you’ll be able to move to any other distro you like in a few minutes’ time, and find it scarcely different at all.

    See, this is yet another reason why software should be Free (As In Speech), and Free (As In Beer).

  26. I think Mass Equality is just as bad as Mass Resistance. In my opinion both are extreme and disrespectful of the other side. Mass Equality does source most of their information unlike the other.

  27. It looks like Scrivener runs very well under WINE.

    Granted, it can be a little tricky to get set up, but if you’re willing to tinker a little bit you might be surprised. My only warning would be that it’s the little things — slightly different keyboard shortcuts, mouse gestures, etc. — that people tend to miss the most.

  28. But why make a big deal of this at all? Every company in Indiana is still open for business to everyone.

    Personally, I’ve never owned an Apple product for other moral reasons (their corporate culture among them), but I’m adding Angie’s List, Salesforce.Com, and a few others to the list after their “boycott” of religious freedom.

  29. Yeah… Dogma is pretty much the last movie you would ever want to see; Imagine “The Interview”, but instead of the CIA wanting to assassinate Kim Jong Un, it was the Vatican. “Dogma” is on that level and it’s Catholic parts have that much relevance.