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Mozilla CEO Out After Pressure from LBGT Supporters

The marketplace is now willing to sacrifice our country's top innovators in the name of political correctness.

by
Paula Bolyard

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April 3, 2014 - 4:10 pm

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From the Mozilla Blog:

Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.

We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better.

Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community.

Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard…

…We have employees with a wide diversity of views. Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public. This is meant to distinguish Mozilla from most organizations and hold us to a higher standard. But this time we failed to listen, to engage, and to be guided by our community.

Apparently, the “wide diversity of views” doesn’t include support for traditional marriage. Eich, who helped found mozilla.org in 1988 and was appointed CEO last month, donated $1000 to California’s Prop 8 marriage ban in 2008. It should be noted until he evolved in 2012, President Obama also supported a ban on gay marriage, so Eich’s support for Prop 8 was not considered extreme, out-of-the mainstream, or bigoted by most Americans at the time he made his contribution.

Even Eich’s blog post vowing to embrace inclusiveness at Mozilla could not save his job:

You will see exemplary behavior from me toward everyone in our community, no matter who they are; and the same toward all those whom we hope will join, and for those who use our products. Mozilla’s inclusive health benefits policies will not regress in any way. And I will not tolerate behavior among community members that violates our Community Participation Guidelines or (for employees) our inclusive and non-discriminatory employment policies.

One commenter on a tech blog expressed the sentiments of many in the mob screaming for Eich’s head on a pike:

When a person progresses from talking about how gays are horrible and moves to working to actively take rights away or make them second class citizens in some legal sense then it ceases to become a freedom of speech issue.

A better way to express this sentiment is to say that free speech ends where the mob says it does. If you like your free speech you can keep it as long as you agree with the Dictators of Acceptable Speech. Allegiance to LGBT rights is quickly becoming a bona fide occupational qualification. It seems we are heading to a place where those with traditional views of marriage (still nearly half of Americans) will be relegated to the proverbial jobs no one else will do.

For now, we still have a First Amendment that (at least on paper) says the government shall make no law abridging free speech, though arguably, laws requiring disclosure of political contributions has that very effect. Going forward, many will be reluctant to support unpopular causes due to a fear of retribution by the de facto Ochlocracy now dictating what constitutes acceptable viewpoints.

One significant consequence of this and other high-tech lynchings is that we now know the marketplace is willing to sacrifice innovators like tech genius Eich on the altar of political correctness. Progress is now defined as agreement with an approved orthodoxy rather than the meritocracy of real, tangible innovation, invention, and technological advancement. That should concern all of us, regardless of our views on marriage or other contentious issues.

Recently "retired" from homeschooling, Paula is an unapologetic Christian and Constitutional conservative. An enthusiastic Tea Party supporter, she is a member of the Wayne County Republican Executive Committee. She is also a contributor at Ohio Conservative Review. Paula lives in N.E. Ohio with her husband, two dogs, and two parrots.

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Gay Fascists.
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commenter DavidDFW below: "Gay Fascists".

With all due respect, wrong. The problem is wimpy Americans. I can't imagine Americans of an earlier generation, veterans of Gettysburg and Normandy tolerating this BS.
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This article is pregnant with hypocrisy. Wide diversity of views except for Eich's?
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Apparently, the “wide diversity of views” doesn’t include support for traditional marriage. Eich, who helped found mozilla.org in 1988 and was appointed CEO last month, donated $1000 to California’s Prop 8 marriage ban in 2008. It should be noted until he evolved in 2012, President Obama also supported a ban on gay marriage, so Eich’s support for Prop 8 was not considered extreme, out-of-the mainstream, or bigoted by most Americans at the time he made his contribution.

The fact the Eich is being punished for something he did several years ago, when it was still the majority view among most Americans, is ominously reminiscent of another country at a time of fundamental transformation.

From its earliest days, Lenin's Bolsheviks demonized the Russian nobility as well as businessmen and even shopkeepers. (Ayn Rand's father was a pharmacist who lost his livelihood under the Bolsheviks.) The public soon began calling them "former people" (where we might say "former bigshots"). Being someone from those classes of society - or even being a descendent of such a person, like a daughter or nephew - was enough to mark you as a highly suspect person and they were frequently persecuted even many years after the revolution had established itself and survived the Russian civil war.

The revenge for having been on the wrong side of the revolution didn't end just because the revolution was over. I expect the same will happen here. The Democrats and their fellow travellers among the community activists will not forgive and forget if they win uncontested power; they will just go on harassing all those who ever stood against them, however fleetingly. They're proving my point with Eich but I fear that he is just the starting point. It will get MUCH worse in due course.

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So Brendan Eich made a nominal contribution to support Prop 8 and years later, he's obliged to resign as CEO of Mozilla on account of it? I've got something to tell the haters: STOP. USING. JAVASCRIPT. NOW. He built it.
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I hope this man now moves here to TX, starts a new browser company away from the Leftist thugs in Austin and makes a "killer app" that would take Firefox down for good. And make sure only he owns the company.

I uninstalled Firefox a few hours ago.
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I hope he moves to China and takes his know-how to an appreciative tech company there.
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Gay Fascists.
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Typical Orwellian lib hypocrisy: on the off chance this guy might somehow discriminate his opponents actually did discriminate. Libs aren't the brightest lightbulbs.
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Well, Mozilla, you've just lost me as a loyal supporter. I too had people wanting to get me fired once, for the crime of making a political contribution to a winning candidate I trusted and supported but certain others on the losing side hated. It's a losing strategy for them, as I vote every time, and though I've supported both parties at times, it will be a cold day down under before I support any candidate favored by those haters.
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Not free speech when you're trying to take rights away or make people second class citizens? Obviously, the writer doesn't think gun control applies...
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