According to a live feed of the iPhone Press Conference I read at engadget.com, he did.
“Because you would have thought ‘Jesus, it must be a lot of users complaining about this’ — So what percentage have called AppleCare? 0.55% Just one half of one percent.”
I know nothing of Mr. Jobs’ religious beliefs, but I almost couldn’t believe my eyes when I read this statement. Disappointment only begins to describe the way I am feeling as an avid user and promoter of Apple products. I am morally torn. Is this reference a slip-up? Or is it representative of his true character? If the latter is true, how can I continue to use and promote their products in good conscience? If the former is true, am I overreacting by writing this post?
I believe we are all called to stand up for our beliefs, and that includes putting our money into organizations that have values consistent with our own. There are many Christians purchasing Apple products, and I wonder how this disrespectful use of their Savior’s name will influence future buying choices.
Everyone makes mistakes, and my goal here isn’t to villanize Steve Jobs. It is to call those in the public spotlight to be more self-aware, more respectful and better examples for the millions of eyes that are intently focused on them during a public event such as this conference.
What are your thoughts?