I really can’t imagine Brad Smith sitting down multiple times with someone who asked him to fire gay employees for exercising their First Amendment rights. It is actually making me feel a little bit sick.
From that same NYT article:
Representative Murray said that in a recent conversation with Mr. Smith, Mr. Smith said that the minister had demanded the company fire Microsoft employees who testified this year on behalf of the bill, but that Mr. Smith had refused. According to Representative Murray, Mr. Smith said “that while he did not do the many things that the minister had requested, including firing employees who had testified for the bill, he believed that Microsoft could not just respond to one group of employees, when there were other groups of employees who felt much different.