Skip to comments.[Mozilla] Eich Is Out. So Is Tolerance.
Posted on 04/03/2014 4:56:54 PM PDT by markomalley
Mozilla Corp. co-founder Brendan Eich has resigned as CEO after a week of public pressure stemming from a campaign contribution he made six years ago. Eich supported the wrong cause; he supported Californias Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
For some who favor the redefinition of marriage, tolerance appears to have been a useful rhetorical device along the way to eliminating dissent.
Eich, on the other hand, seems to have been quite tolerant. As Mozilla Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker, commenting on the development, said of Eichs 15 years at Mozilla:
I never saw any kind of behavior or attitude from him that was not in line with Mozillas values of inclusiveness.
The outrageous treatment of Eich is the result of one private, personal campaign contribution to support marriage as a male-female union, a view affirmed at the time by President Barack Obama, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, and countless other prominent officials. After all, Prop 8 passed with the support of 7 million California voters.
So was President Obama a bigot back when he supported marriage as the union of a man and woman? And is characterizing political disagreement on this issueno matter how thoughtfully expressedas hate speech really the way to find common ground and peaceful co-existence?
Sure, the employees of Mozillawhich makes Firefox, the popular Internet browser have the right to protest a CEO they dislike, for whatever reason. But are they treating their fellow citizens with whom they disagree civilly? Must every political disagreement be a capital case regarding the right to stand in civil society?
When Obama evolved on the issue just over a year ago, he insisted that the debate about marriage was legitimate. He said there are people of goodwill on both sides.
Supporters of marriage as weve always understood it (a male-female union) are not coming at it from a mean-spirited perspective, Obama explained. Theyre coming at it because they care about families.
And a bunch of em are friends of mine, the president added. you know, people who I deeply respect.
Yet disrespect and intolerance seem increasingly to be the norm. For the forces that have worked for 20 years to redefine marriage to include same-sex unions, a principal strategy has been cultural intimidationbullying others by threatening the stigma of being haters and bigots.
Unwilling to acknowledge this as a significant question on which reasonable people of goodwill can disagree, some advocates of redefining marriage increasingly characterize those with whom they disagree as enemies of the human race. Theyve sent a clear message: If you stand up for marriage, we will demonize and marginalize you.
In a series of instances we have seen the gatekeepers of civil society attack those who hold the view that marriage is between a man and a woman Chick-fil-A, Barilla Pasta, Craig James (who was fired from ESPN), and Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson.
This kind of grotesque incivility is toxic for any democratic community. We canwe mustdo better.
This debate is over the fundamental institution concerned with child welfare, and it deserves to be a robust one. Marriage is how societies from time immemorial have united a man and woman as husband and wife, to be mother and father to any children born of their union.
Those in favor of redefining marriage should refuse to participate in campaigns of intimidation. Reject the strategy of demonizing opponents. Call out friends when they bully those who stand up for the historic understanding of marriage.
We can all agree with President Obama that Americans on both sides are worthy of respect.
Policy should prohibit the government from discriminating against any individual or group, whether nonprofit or for-profit, based on their beliefs that marriage is the union of a man and woman or that sexual relations are reserved for marriage. Policy should prohibit the government from discriminating in tax policy, employment, licensing, accreditation, or contracting against such groups and individuals.
Christian adoption agencies already have been forced out of serving children because they believe orphans deserve a mom and a dad. Forcing out these agencies doesnt help those orphans, and it doesnt help our society. We need as many adoption agencies as possible.
Other cases include a photographer, a baker, a florist, a bed-and-breakfast, a T-shirt company, a student counselor, the Salvation Army, and more. In each of these instances, there were plenty of other businesses available that were willing to provide similar services.
The debate over the meaning and purpose of marriage will continue. We should conduct it in a civil manner. Bullies may win for a while, but theirs is a scorched-earth policy. They poison democratic discourse and fray the bonds on which democracy itself ultimately depends.
Even those who disagree with each other about morally charged issues of public policy need to be able to live together.
Idiot thought he lived in a free country.
That’s why it does absolutely no good to apologize to these fascists.
NEVER, EVER backpedal after offending one of the perpetually offended classes or any of their apologists.
Did I miss anyone?
Well, if i did, NEVER, EVER apologize to them!!!
This is absolutely astonishing.
It's the mistake Dan Cathy recently made, "for the business' sake," of course. But now, the Gaystapo will have him for dinner.
Who is Ryan T. Anderson and what color is the sky on the planet he’s on?
He’s obviously not on Earth, where Leftists kill those who dare to disagree with them.
Thought-crime. Welcome to the gulag.
Will not be using Firefox henceforward. Will not be supporting these Fascist thought police. I think Obama should resign, since he had the same position on marriage as Eich at the time.
The Ernst Roehm boys get their scalp (or is it another body part?) Agreeing with Obama then will get you kicked out by cultural Marxists now. This is a cultural revolution run by nihilistist hypocrites. Eich gave $1000 to Proposition 8. Obama’s then opposition to homosexual marriage and his being on the ballot did far more for its success.
Where were these hypocrites back then?
Mozilla’s Firefox? Just couldn’t tolerate it on my computer anymore. #uninstalled