“Crushing dissent and terrorizing into silence those with traditional values is no small task. Serving up a palatable fascism cocktail cannot be effectively accomplished without following a specific recipe. First, start with genuinely hateful and racist remarks by people like Sterling. Totally destroy them both publicly and privately and then move on to those with mainstream beliefs on such things as sexual morality and marriage. Next, disingenuously equate the two, add three cups of fascism, a dash of anti-Christian hate, whip to a frenzy and voila! It’s a cultural Marxist paradise. Mozilla, anyone? Barack Obama once said, ‘If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.’ Or was that Josef Goebbels? Oh well, six of one.” – FAILED boxer, FAILED insurance agent, and current Liberty Counsel hate group leader Matt Barber, writing for Wing-Nut World Net Daily and not his own hate site BarbWire because no one reads it.
The right wing site RedState whose parent company Salem Communications, owns dozens of Christian radio stations as well as Twitchy, Townhall, and HotAir has joined the Mozilla boycott launched several days ago by Brietbart.com’s Ben Shapiro’s Truth Revolt.
Today, users of the Firefox web browser were given a message when accessing most of our Front Page content at RedState. They were told that this site could not be displayed, because of a conflict with the values of the Mozilla corporation, and they were suggested to visit another site. Send a message that you won’t take it lying down. Get another browser. Tell your friends what you’re doing, and why. Safari, Chromium, Internet Explorer, Konqueror, you name it. None of these browsers is developed by a corporation that is persecuting individuals for what they do with their own time and money. Firefox is, because that’s what Mozilla has done to Brendan Eich.
With the right wing spin machine going full force on Eich’s stepping down from his CEO position at Mozilla after blowback by it’s employees, techies across the country and the LGBT community after it was discovered he not only donated to California’s Prop 8 but also supports extreme right wing and anti-semetic fringe politico’s. Will this situation spin out of control like the Chick-fil-A debacle of 2013?
While the grassroots gay community has stood strong on the subject a few contrarian and fearful “assimilation queens” have been opening questioning what happened and questioning the community itself, (Bruni, Sullivan, and Mixner) giving additional ammo to the right wing for their latest “Gay Mafia” and “Christian persecution angle” while our National Orgs (HRC, GLAAD. The Task Force aka Gay Inc.) who have the ears of the mainstream press have remained silent and are again using the “lets not talk about it and it will go away strategy” that allowed Chick-fil-A to become the mess it did in the first place. HRC, GLAAD. The Task Force either need to step up and start taking proactive actions when situations like this occur or they need to hand over the reigns and let others to be spokespeople for our community. Their silence on some very important subjects and battles is not only deafening, but dangerous to the LGBT communities fight for equality itself.
Gay Inc. needs to understand that LGBT advocacy is not only press releases and gala’s and every once in awhile they are going to have to stand up and fight and get their hands dirty.
Well it seems that Andrew Ambrosino Sullivan is at it gain helping to feed the fire of those who are against by by writing another column about Mozilla ex-CEO Brendan Eich (above) this time trying to compare Eich’s problem to those of LGBT workers in America who are discriminated against and has the sheer gall to bring up ENDA!
“Thank you for the hundreds and hundreds of emails about the Mozilla-Eich affair. My readers overwhelmingly disagree with me for a host of reasons. But I have to say that this time, the more I have mulled this over, the more convinced I am that my initial response to this is absolutely the right one. And not just the right one, but a vital one to defend at this juncture in the gay rights movement.
So let me concede all of the opposing arguments that have been deployed to defend the public shaming and resignation of Brendan Eich. To recap those points:This was not the “gay left” as such, but the “techie straight left” more broadly. Sure (I’ve been to San Francisco). He wasn’t fired; he resigned. Undisputed.Mozilla is not your usual company. Obviously not. Being CEO is different than being just a regular employee and requires another standard. Sure. It doesn’t matter because we’re all marching toward victory anyway. Well, probably. This was a function of market forces and the First Amendment. You won’t get me to disagree about that. [snip]
In California, if an employer had fired an employee for these reasons, he would be breaking the law:
1102. No employer shall coerce or influence or attempt to coerce or influence his employees through or by means of threat of discharge or loss of employment to adopt or follow or refrain from adopting or following any particular course or line of political action or political activity.
Now Eich was not in that precise position. He resigned as CEO under duress because of his political beliefs. The letter of the law was not broken. But what about the spirit of the law?
We either develop the ability to tolerate those with whom we deeply disagree, or liberal society is basically impossible. Civil conversation becomes culture war; arguments and reason cede to emotion and anger. And let me reiterate: this principle of toleration has recently been attacked by many more on the far right than on the far left. I’m appalled, for example, at how great gay teachers have been fired by Catholic schools, even though it is within the right of the schools to do so. It’s awful that individuals are fired for being gay with no legal recourse all over the country. But if we rightly feel this way about gays in the workplace, why do we not feel the same about our opponents? And on what grounds can we celebrate the resignation of someone for his off-workplace political beliefs? Payback? Revenge? Some liberal principles, in my view, are worth defending whether they are assailed by left or right.
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.
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.
Andrew “Quisling-modo” Sullivan is having a field day today doing what he has made a career out of. Attacking liberals and his own community first, and the homophobes second.
Sullivan in a post yesterday came to the defense of anti-gay Mozilla CEO, Brendan Eich and bashed his own community, Sullivan wrote that poor Eichmann is victim of “left-liberal intolerance” and that it only highlights the”ugly intolerance of parts of the gay movement, because of his financial contribution to the passage of Proposition 8 in California in 2008.
Eich only stepped down after it was revealed late Wednesday that he’d given money to far right wing anti-Jew, anti-black, andti-gay and anti-human right wing extremist Pat Buchanan’s presidential campaign in 1992, and later to Ron Paul’s campaign. That is was what pushed Mozilla over the edge and forced Eich to resign. But of course you’d never know that if you read Sully’s last two columns on poor martyed Eich. Because Quisling-modo won’t mention it. Because that’s not how this loser rolls.
The sheer gall and hypocrisy of Sullivan is staggering. This is the “man” who led the charge for Alec Baldwin to be fired from MSNBC for saying the word “faggot’ now thinks we shouldn’t be angry with someone who donated money to a ban our civil rights and helped fund people and groups that used all sorts of vile lies and smears against us.
Once again Sullivan is exploiting our movement to build up his “conservative” cred once again throwing rocks to get attention. A.S. is a contrarian attention and media whore. Always has been and always will be. One doesn’t have to wonder why Sullivan defended Brandon Ambrosino a few weeks ago. It’s because Ambrosino is a younger version of Sullivan himself.
For those of you who “bought” a subscription for 19.95 for the “Daily Dish”. Do yourself, and your community a favor and CANCEL your subscription and do something good for the community with it.
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.
Online dating site OkCupid is calling for its members and anyone who’s a Buddy to ditch Firefox and use another browser to search for love in protest of Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, who supporter of anti-same-sex marriage campaign.
In an email sent to it uses OkCupid states:
“Hello there, Mozilla Firefox user. Pardon this interruption of your OkCupid experience.
Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid.
Politics is normally not the business of a website, and we all know there’s a lot more wrong with the world than misguided CEOs. So you might wonder why we’re asserting ourselves today. This is why: we’ve devoted the last ten years to bringing people — all people — together. If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we’ve worked so hard to bring about would be illegal. Equality for gay relationships is personally important to many of us here at OkCupid. But it’s professionally important to the entire company. OkCupid is for creating love.
If you want to keep using Firefox, the link at the bottom will take you through to the site.
However, we urge you to consider different software for accessing OkCupid:
Thank you, OkCupid”
Also programmers at the OKCupid website have tweaked its programs so when members navigate to the site on a Firefox browser, they are met with a message encouraging them to use an alternative browser to access the site, including Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and the amusingly misspelled Internet Exploder.
“Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure,” reads the message.