Liberal ‘tolerance’ has been prevalent again as Mozilla’s CEO Brendan Eich had no choice but to resign Thursday because of his personal belief in supporting traditional marriage. He issued a statement on Thursday that Mozilla’s mission is “bigger than any one of us, and under the present circumstances, I cannot be an effective leader.” Despite the resignation, Eich reaffirmed his position for traditional marriage. “I don’t think it’s good for my integrity or Mozilla’s integrity to be pressured into changing a position. If Mozilla became more exclusive and required more litmus tests, I think that would be a mistake that would lead to a much smaller Mozilla, a much more fragmented Mozilla.”
It is bad enough that his own company hasn’t supported him and that having your own beliefs leads to your resignation, but even worse when it comes from a $1,000 donation he gave to California’s Prop 8 movement back in 2008, nearly six years ago. In fact, he shared the same view of Prop 8 with the majority of Californians who supported the bill at the time, until it was overthrown by a judge.
And it is absurd when the liberals who support Eich’s resignation ignore the fact that he held the same belief on marriage as Obama did in 2008, before flip-flopping on the issue once again. There was much less outrage shown toward the president if any. Plus, the former CEO made the workplace available to gays, an act that wouldn’t take place if he really was discriminatory against them.
The outrage toward Eich’s resignation came even from individuals who are gay. Conservative Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce, who admits to being gay, has called out Mozilla’s decision via twitter. She tweets “Hi @mozilla, I’m a gay woman who is appalled that you caved to the Gay Gestapo. So who else will be pressured to leave for not conforming?” There is also an online petition against Mozilla’s discrimination, where the goal of 1000 signatures by May 3rd has already been easily surpassed, with a total of 4,280 at the time this article was written.
Not only has Mozilla faced controversy, but so has the dating website OKCupid, who has been vocal about their satisfaction with the resignation. They said they were pleased with it and that Mozilla’s decision to have Eich step down showed their ‘commitment’ to supporting same-sex marriage.
I have also seen complaints from liberals that supporters for Brendan Eich want a theocracy. This can’t be any further from the truth. This issue is about the first amendment, which is supposed to protect our religious liberties and freedom of speech. If anyone wanted a theocracy, they would force every CEO and company to support traditional marriage, but this isn’t the case. Every company and its members have a right to their personal opinions, whether they support traditional or same-sex marriage. In fact, Eich’s statement a couple days later after being named CEO on March 24th just showed how inclusive he is toward gays and the LGBT community. His willingness to work with them shows how tolerant he is, but it is sickening that the left can’t show their tolerance for his views. Only time will tell what will become of Mozilla and who they will select as their next CEO.