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The Rise and Fall of the Turd (R)Eich – Mozilla’s Anti-Gay CEO Brendan Eich Resigns

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Just ten days after Brendan Eich was named Mozilla’s CEO and his donation to support Prop 8 in California which would have banned gay marriage in that state had been revealed.  Eich has resigned.

After calls for his resignation and boycotts by the LGBT Community and its straight allies along with gay Mozilla staffers, and gay developers Mozilla chairwoman Mitchell Baker announced Eichs removal.

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. Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.

What’s next for Mozilla’s leadership is still being discussed. We want to be open about where we are in deciding the future of the organization and will have more information next week. However, our mission will always be to make the Web more open so that humanity is stronger, more inclusive and more just: that’s what it means to protect the open Web. We will emerge from this with a renewed understanding and humility — our large, global, and diverse community is what makes Mozilla special, and what will help us fulfill our mission. We are stronger with you involved. Thank you for sticking with us.

Through all this Eich has never apologized or stated that he has changed his position on gay marriage.

 

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4 thoughts on “The Rise and Fall of the Turd (R)Eich – Mozilla’s Anti-Gay CEO Brendan Eich Resigns”

  1. Don’t really care if he apologizes or not cause he is to big an ass to ever admit that he did not belong at Mozilla. His nonsensical comments have already guaranteed that. It would be a phoney apologizey anyway.
    I would like to find out whos ass’ he kissed and lied to to get as far as he did and fire them too. Unfortunately, he will probably leave with a big phoney smile on his face and a whole lot of cash (enough to live the rest of his life with)in his pockets and will be laughing at us all the way to his mega-mansion.

  2. Gays are the new Muslims – say a word against ’em and they’ll come after you. According to you guys people can’t have an opinion that is anti gay. Same sex marriage is a nonsense, it enables biologically incompatible beings to get married. What’s next? Farmers wanting to marry their favourite cow? You are always shouting about wanting to be accepted by society but all you do using tactics like singling opponents out is drive a wedge between the people you want to engage with and the gay community. The sooner this gay fashion dies out the better then we can all get on with the important things in life…

    1. I don’t think they are the new Muslims, just the same old Nazis.
      I often wondered about their high level of participation in the Hitler regime,
      I think I’m beginning to understand it now.

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