What was Eich’s hateful crime? Child molestation? Drug running? Murder? I mean, it must be serious to cause a man to lose his job, right?
I guess that depends on your definition of “serious.” Eich’s crime was supporting California’s Proposition 8 with a $1000 donation.
Yeah, he lost his job because he exercised his fundamental rights to free speech and participation in the democratic process.
This shit has got to stop. I don’t give one good crap about gay marriage, but I am fed up with these nasty little bullies. They can’t be allowed to make compliance with a narrow set of beliefs the entry fee for the secular workplace. Who the hell put them in charge?
The most sickening part is the grovelling apology from Mozilla:
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.
Disgusting. It’s like a show trial from the Soviet Union. Did they line up his family to denounce him? Is he being shipped off to the reeducation camps right now?
Every person who called for him to be purged from the company he was instrumental in building is an enemy of freedom. They despise us all, and they will not stop until either their boots are on our necks or we’ve be reeducated to their liking.
In their quest for Tolerance Uber Alles, success is measured not by truth or love or fraternity, but by heads on pikes.
We will not bow down to the wretched people who insist on compliance with their own ideology. I am a free man: free in body, mind, and conscience, and you don’t get to tell me what I can believe just because your little feelings are hurt.
Brandon Eich is not the first, and he will not be the last.
UPDATED WITH FLYING PIG ALERT: I am agreeing with Andrew Sullivan. I’m marking my calender to note the day:
Will he now be forced to walk through the streets in shame? Why not the stocks? The whole episode disgusts me – as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society. 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. If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us.
Will gays of conscience stand up and be heard? Because a backlash is coming.