Mozilla has posted a FAQ to answer some questions about newly hired CEO Brendan Eich’s recent resignation after it came to light that not only had Eich donated to Prop 8 and has questionable opinions about the LGBT community and civil rights. But when further details of Eich’s political donations emerged, including one to far right wing extremist Pat Buchanan, whose take on not only gay right is over shadowed by his anti-black and anti-semetic opinions.
Andrew Sullivan “click-whore” that he is likened the “new” gay rights movement to the “religious right” for “hounding” Eich out of his job ignored the other facts behind Eichs resignation. And that wasn’t the fact. I don’t know if Sullivan was just to lazy to do research or this was just one more in his endless contrary posts to get some clicks and create some buzz for himself. (i.e. being against The Hate Crimes Act, defending Tyler Clementi’s roommate or being against a Federal law for LGBT employment protections)
Whatever the reason Mozilla is not just another software company. Its Firefox browser relies on the goodwill and contributions of a huge community of developers and others to keep the project running, while the group serves to educate and lobby for a free and open internet: the foundation was in the thick of battles on SOPA and PIPA, and one of the first to express serious alarm over Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations.
Eich’s fatal flaw, in his 10 days of spiraling downfall: if he couldn’t even become an advocate for himself, and couldn’t persuade the Mozilla community to support him as CEO, how could he ever make the case that he was the best advocate for the future of the open web.
End of story.