Brenden Eich, CEO of the Mozilla Corporation which makes the popular web browser “Firefox,” has been forced to resign from his position after a past political donation caused a controversy within the LGBT crowd, what a shocker.
Earlier today was when Mozilla made the announcement that Eich would be stepping down, the reason? He made a $1,000 donation in support of California’s Proposition 8 referendum back in 2008, or six years ago, that caused the LGBT community and its supporters to throw a temper tantrum.
So much for the left being “tolerant” of other people’s views, right? It gets better, or worse depending on how you want to look at it.
The most recent, and vocal, opposition to Eich came from the somewhat popular dating website OkCupid, who actually blocked Mozilla users from being able to access their site as a type of “boycott” of Mozilla.
A greeting at their site read “Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid,” even though their users couldn’t use Mozilla to access their site.
What’s ironic in this non-scandal is that Mozilla itself championed free speech rights in the statement it made regarding Eich’s resignation.
“Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it,” the statement started.
“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.”
The next set of statements show that free speech rights now seem to end once people become offended.
“Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality,” unfortunately Eich’s right to free speech lost this battle.
The greatest irony of all comes from OkCupid. According to the Caller, one of its co-founders has donated to political candidates who openly expressed their opposition to gay marriage, and wait until you find out who it is.
In 2007, Sam Yagan donated $500 to then-candidate Barack Obama who opposed gay marriage at the time. If you remember correctly, it wasn’t until sometime after he won the presidency that Obama reversed his stance, so technically anyone who donated to his campaign or voted for him the first time voted against gay rights, but let’s not let those pesky facts get in the way.
Yagan also donated to Republican Rep. Chris Cannon from Utah back in 2006 while he was president of the tech company Metamachine. Cannon had voted in favor of the Marriage Protection Amendment which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman within the Constitution.
It’s amazing what a purely emotional argument can force people to do, isn’t it?
Do you think Eich should have stepped down from his position? If not, are you sick of the LGBT community along with the left trying to bully everybody into sharing their beliefs? Let us know with a comment, we love to read them!