Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Apple CEO Pledges $2 Million to SPLC and ADL, Attacks Trump over Charlottesville - Breitbart News

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Apple CEO Pledges $2 Million to SPLC and ADL, Attacks Trump over Charlottesville

by LUCAS NOLAN19 Aug 2017
Apple CEO Tim Cook announced to employees that he would be donating $1 million each to the SPLC and the ADL and criticised President Donald Trump’s reaction to the recent events in Charlottesville.

The Washington Post reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook sent an internal email to all Apple employees outlining his own thoughts on the recent events in Charlottesville, his disappointment in President Trump’s response and his dedication to donating $2 million combined to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Cook stated in the email that “hate is a cancer” and said, “I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans.”
Cook outlined Apples plans to donate to the SPLC and the ADL, saying, “Apple will be making contributions of $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. We will also match two-for-one our employees’ donations to these and several other human rights groups, between now and September 30.”
The SPLC has been accused of using its list of “hate figures” as a political tool to silence conservatives in the past. In a 2010 article, journalist Ken Silverstein called the group “essentially a fraud,” stating that the group had “a habit of casually labeling organizations as ‘hate groups.'” Silverstein continued to say, “In doing so the SPLC shuts down debate, stifles free speech, and most of all, raises a pile of money, very little of which is used on behalf of poor people.”
In June of this year, author, columnist, and former Islamic extremist Maajid Nawaz announced that he would be taking a defamation lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Lawsuit Center for listing him as an anti-Muslim extremist. Nawaz stated, “You know who else lists heretics who are deemed to be speaking against the accepted custom within Muslim communities? The jihadists. We know what happens when you list heretics among Muslims in this way. They end up dead.” Nawaz further stated that he believes that groups like the SPLC are putting Muslim reformers who speak out against the current interpretation of Islam in danger.
The SPLC was identified by convicted domestic terrorist Floyd Lee Corkins as the inspiration for his attack on the Family Research Council in 2012.
Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News covering issues of free speech and online censorship. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan_ or email him at