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The Fascist Thugs Win One: Firefox CEO Steps Down (Update: IRS Role Exposed)

Calling Mr. Orwell: 'Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech.'

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Bryan Preston

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April 3, 2014 - 1:22 pm

Brendan Eich committed a thoughtcrime. He supports the traditional definition of marriage. For that, he has now joined the ranks of the unemployed.

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.

Yeah. He’s “made this decision” after thugs forced him into it.

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.

Obviously Mozilla does not believe in equality or freedom of speech. If it did, it would have defended its CEO and noted that many of its employees agree with him, not just the other side. It would have asserted that both sides deserve a hearing.

Firefox surrendered to the OKCupid mob, which loves free speech so much that it has successfully deprived a man of his income because of his beliefs — beliefs which are not fringe, but are shared by roughly half the country or more. Beliefs which he once shared with the left’s own champion, Barack Obama.

I know many readers here and many writers here support gay marriage. Are y’all cool with depriving someone of their ability to work if they disagree? That’s where we are right now. They tried it with Chick-Fil-A and bombed. But they have succeeded in the tech field, which drives much of our culture forward. Into what?

Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all.

Another lie.

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.

While painful, the events of the last week show exactly why we need the web. So all of us can engage freely in the tough conversations we need to make the world better.

“Freely.” That word no longer means what it once did. You’re free to agree with the mob. You’re not free to disagree with the mob.

Update: GLAAD responds with a lie of its own.

Mozilla’s strong statement in favor of equality today reflects where corporate America is: inclusive, safe, and welcoming to all.

“…welcoming to all.” Unless you disagree with us, in which case, you might as well be dead.

GLAAD also gives something away. Mozilla claims that Eich stepped down on his own. GLAAD says Mozilla has made a “strong statement.” That can only be true if Mozilla forced him to step down.

So either GLAAD are projecting, or Mozilla is lying.

Update: Check this out. The IRS abuse scandal started the process that got Eich ousted.

Why, then, the ruckus? Amazingly enough, it is entirely due to the fact that Eich made a $1,000 donation to the campaign urging a ‘yes’ vote on California’s Proposition 8. When this fact first came to light in 2012, after the Internal Revenue Service leaked a copy of the National Organization for Marriage’s 2008 tax return to a gay-advocacy group, Eich, who was then CTO of Mozilla, published a post on his personal blog stating that his donation was not motivated by any sort of animosity towards gays or lesbians, and challenging those who did not believe this to cite any “incident where I displayed hatred, or ever treated someone less than respectfully because of group affinity or individual identity.”

To whom did the IRS leak NOM’s files? The Human Rights Campaign.

The HRC evidently engineered Eich’s ouster, in the name of equality and tolerance.

The IRS actions create a serious chilling effect. Your donations to any group can be leaked by a hostile operative within the government, to your enemies, for use against you — up to and now including costing you your job.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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This is why I stopped supporting SSM, it's not about "marriage" at all but rather enforcing only a single viewpoint.
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Say what you will, the left knows how to use threats and power to win, win, win.

They'll take your job away, they'll take your family away, they'll have you jailed.

When is our side going to grow the stones to turn it back around on them? They want to load us in trains, why aren't we loading THEM in trains instead?

I don't want to hear that "we're better than that" or "God wins out in the end" crap, because it's getting down to "us or them", and I'm not willing to let these leftist a-holes put me in a death camp because somehow dying is supposed to give me higher standing in religion than fighting back would.

FIGHT BACK, already.
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Idiot conservatives who support gay marriage believe it is for liberty. The Left believes it is necessary for the reshaping of America. Which of those views are winning out?
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California law stipulates that donations to ballot measures are public record.
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In a just society, the people who leaked the documents, transported the documents, and received the documents would be executed and the IRS would be recognized as a criminal organization, then abolished.

In a just society, the people who leaked the documents, transported the documents, and received the documents would be imprisoned and the IRS would be abolished.

In a civil society, the people who leaked the documents, transported the documents, and received the documents would be fined and the IRS would apologize and pay damages.

In our society, any crime which furthers Leftism is acceptable. Any crime.
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Totalitarianism is inherent in the postmodern worldview of feminism, homosexuality, and socialism (in the USA this is Obamunism).

Under the old Capitalist Rape Culture, Americans (all now deceased or elderly) would have approved of this quote from Thomas Paine, one of the disgraced Founding (sexist) Fathers (all slavers) who hasn't been taught in schools in generations:

It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, but in professing to believe what one does not believe. It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.

No longer, of course. Obama himself admires Mao (of whose likeness he made a Christmas ornament). His toadies and followers admire Chavez, Stalin, Pol Pot, Castro, et. al. Their cries of diversity and tolerance are and always have been lies, masks designed to deceive fools and fellow travellers.

The American cultural revolution will be fulfilled. Thought reform will take place. And the mass graves will open.

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BTW, I wholly believe in homosexual, polygamist, pedophile, bigamist, bestialist, voyeurist, sadist, masochist, polyamorist, dominatrix marriages et. al.; let all forms of human sexuality write their own peculiar institution of marriage into law. As long as no person by word, thought, or deed, including policy or commerce, is intimidated, coerced, or compelled to pretend they agree.
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Anyone who still believes this crowd wouldn't put devout Christians into concentration camps and kill them needs a brain transplant.

The Marquise of Queensbury rules must be set aside. The time is now.
15 weeks ago
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Silicon Valley supports freedom for leftists. It happily discriminates against conservatives of any kind. Leftists populate many of the management positions, and many of the grunt positions. Muslims are fully incorporated into its culture. Conservative Christians and Zionist Jews, or any Jew who includes Israeli work experience on his/her resume, may find rough waters. I remember being interviewed by a gay, orange-haired quality assurance geek in San Francisco. Israel was all over my resume. His rudeness and hostility were palpable from the first moment. He did not let me speak, mocked me when I did, and made it clear through tone and body language that I had no chance in his view. Of course, there are many decent people in Silicon Valley, but guys like this are everywhere. Jewish Lefties are also a big problem there. The hatred for Biblical roots and principles, and the Ten Commandments are ubiquitous throughout Babylon. And that includes large swaths of Israeli hi-tech as well.
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It seems hi-tech is ripe for this. Many, many years ago, perhaps before the web in the email-list/newsgroup days, Sun fired an employee because he had posted a number of comments stating that homosexuality was basically about promiscuity (which it actually was before the AIDS era).

Outside of hi-tech, "conservative Republican" governor (MD) Bob Erlich fired a judge (Catholic) for simply saying, diffidently, that he believes in the position of his Church.
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It's a non-profit, isn't it? There isn't any way to boycott it, is there?

Can someone mention if anything has been done to prosecute and jail those who leaked this information? Remember how Bush reacted during the idiotic Plame incident.

The real problem isn't whether there is equal justice for people of different races or persuasions. The real problem is that justice depends on your politics.
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There isn't any way to boycott it, is there?

Sure there is: remove all Mozilla products, including Firefox (browser) and Thunderbird (email client), from your computing devices (desktop and laptop computers, tablets and smartphones). Also, send a letter to Mozilla telling them that you have abandoned their products and won't be back because of their intolerance of Eich (or that you won't be back until he's been reinstated or they have affirmed the right of their employees to speak freely without being punished for their views).
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I sent them a message and have uninstalled it. And I am recommending others to do the same. I don't know if my message will male it to the right people, if you have am executive level email address, that would be a good thing to post.
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This series of actions by the leftist mob shows a clearly anti-Christian agenda, and their boldness and clear motives cannot be denied. It's not about freedom or tolerance. As usual, they are perverting true virtues, twisting and distorting natural rights to attack the family and Christian values. We don't have to endure such blatant insults. Let's start fighting in the courts, in whatever legal recourse there is, and not put up with this nonsense anymore.
To all those who support gay marriage - are you willing to allow people like Eich to be bullied, intimidated, fired (basically persecuted) because he expresses his support for traditional marriage in a CIVIL manner? If you turn a blind eye or stand on the sidelines, you are not an ally of the Constitution, as you are willing to let another's constitutional rights be trampled.

I hope that Bredan Eich does not go quietly into the night, and that he lands a better job than his previous one with these self-righteous oppressors.
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It's not anti-christian. It's anti Christ. It's not us they hate, it's Him. They just take it out on us.
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I'm not a lawyer but is there any way that Eich can launch a wrongful dismissal suit, given that he resigned rather than being fired? I'd certainly love to see THAT suit hit the courts.

Or could he sue Mozilla for being harassed and deprived of his civil rights - free speech in this case - in a hostile work environment?
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It's not just Christians, it's any Conservative religion.
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This is odd. There must be more than one CEO out there that doesn't support gay marriage. But, I bet they all say they do today. Scary stuff here.
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Are there good browser alternatives to Firefox? IE sucks, and I don't trust Google...
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The problem is many alternative browsers are based on Mozilla.

Here is a short list:
Major Browsers: Opera, Safari, Chrome
More Cross-Platform Browsers: Mozilla Windows Browsers: K-Meleon Macintosh Browsers: OmniWeb and iCab Linux Browsers: Konqueror and Epiphany - See more at: http://alternativebrowseralliance.combrowsers.html#sthash.yY2siv9j.dpuf

Here is more:
http://webdesignledger.com/tools/12-alternative-web-browsers-you-should-try

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