Tolerance: Mozilla CEO Latest Marriage Supporter Pariah
In November 2008, at the same time the nation was enacting what voters thought was “Hope ‘n’ Change™” by electing Barack Obama, California voters maintained that a marriage between a man and a woman was the only one that should be recognized by the state. The ballot measure was known as Proposition 8, and yes, even leftist California passed it. Furthermore, it was a stance that Barack Obama endorsed at the time. He said, “I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman – I am not in favor of gay marriage.”
California’s measure temporarily ended the state’s recognition of same-sex marriages, which began in May of that year after a previous ban on the practice was overturned by the California Supreme Court’s upholding of a lower court ruling. In the wake of the vote, militant same-sex marriage backers publicized a list of those who donated to the pro-Proposition 8 cause. At the time, homosexual advocate Fred Karger explained in the Washington Times, “One of my goals was to make it socially unacceptable to make these mega-donations that take away people’s rights. I want them to think twice before writing that check.”
Six years later, writing that “mega” $1,000 check forced Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich out of his job. Under duress, he resigned from a position he had only recently taken. No matter what mea culpa he wrote about “inclusiveness,” it was clear that same-sex marriage militants were after his scalp, and they got it.
Following that logic, perhaps anyone who gave to Obama’s campaign in 2008 should also resign.
Even the intellectual father of same-sex marriage, Andrew Sullivan, is appalled. In 2009, he wrote that donor lists were “public information” but that no harm would come unless someone did something “inappropriate” with it. “I don’t get the fear,” he said. In the wake of Eich’s dismissal, however, Sullivan complained, “If this is the gay rights movement today – hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else – then count me out.”
Newsflash for Sullivan: The religious Left is far worse than their ridiculous caricature of the Right. Eich didn’t believe his views on same-sex marriage were “relevant” to perform his job as CEO of a technology company, but to activists it was the most important facet, and, therefore, he must be destroyed. Or as HBO’s leftist Bill Maher observed, “I think there is a gay mafia. I think if you cross them, you do get whacked.”
Chastened by the outcry upon hiring Eich, Mozilla put out a mealy mouthed statement about its corporate culture reflecting “diversity and inclusiveness.” There’s no doubt that their concept of diversity doesn’t include politically incorrect thought such as believing in traditional morals.
While the radical homosexual lobby, which has a voice far outstripping its actual size in the population, drones on about “equal rights,” its advocates forget that a few simple changes in law would have given same-sex partners the same legal footing as those traditionally married. Perhaps most Americans were willing to accept the concept of these civil unions, but balked at redefining the term “marriage” to describe the union of two individuals of the same sex. They believed in traditional values, not catering to a tiny minority whose goal seems to be the overall destruction of the family unit itself – already some advocates believe same-sex marriage paves the way for acceptance of other alternative lifestyle arrangements such as polygamy and polyamory.
It seems now that to truly shock and rebel, one must believe in God, go to church and stand for traditional values. Like the Duck Dynasty family, we’re ahead of the curve there.