NIKE CEO Jumps on Anti-Indiana Bandwagon over Religious Freedom Law

AP Photo/Seth Wenig
AP Photo/Seth Wenig

The president and CEO of famed sports equipment company NIKE, Inc., Mark Parker, is jumping on board the anti-Indiana bandwagon with a public statement claiming that Indiana’s religious freedom law is “discriminatory.”

“NIKE proudly stands for inclusion for all,” Parker said in a statement. “We believe laws should treat people equally and prevent discrimination. NIKE has led efforts alongside other businesses to defeat discriminatory laws in Oregon and opposes the new law in Indiana which is bad for our employees, bad for our consumers, bad for business and bad for society as a whole. We hope Indiana will quickly resolve this.”

Parker joins Apple CEO Tim Cook who, on Tuesday, also joined the hysterical attacks on the Indiana law.

As for Indiana Governor Mike Pence, he said he was “astonished” at the media bias his state has suffered over the law. On Tuesday, the Gov. noted that he was not expecting this kind of backlash and promised to clarify the law to assure Hoosiers that no discrimination would be approved with its passage.

Still, despite the continued attacks on the idea by those supporting the radical gay lobby, Arkansas proceeded on course toward putting its own religious freedom law into place. It will be up to Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to sign the bill into law.

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