This past Monday IBM was scheduled to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new National Service Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but they scrapped the party because Bobby Jindal is a bigot.
Okay, maybe they didn’t say he was a bigot, but they did say there would be no party, no ceremony, no ribbons or big scissors, because of Governor Bobby Jindal's executive order; one of those Religious Freedom Restoration Acts that make it legal to discriminate in Louisiana, mostly against The Gays.
IBM was not having it. In a letter to the governor, IBM executives said the legislation cut at the very heart of what their company stands for, equal rights and opportunity for everyone, discrimination for no one. The letter implored Jindal not to support any agenda that protected discrimination against LGBT people.
But, Bobby Jindal is an anti-LGBT bigot, and he just doesn’t care. I’m only sad that his bigotry and vote for discrimination came too late for IBM to take there business elsewhere, but maybe, just maybe, other companies thinking of opening offices in Louisiana will rethink their ideas and stay away from hate.