“Will he now be forced to walk through the streets in shame? Why not the stocks? The whole episode disgusts me – as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society. If this is the gay rights movement today – hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else – then count me out. If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us”
—-Blogging pioneer and gay rights advocate Andrew Sullivan, writing yesterday about Mozilla’s craven capitulation to gay rights bullies who demanded the removal of new CEO Brendan Eich “who had the gall to express his First Amendment rights and favor Prop 8 in California by donating $1,000.”
Corporations, as the Duck Dynasty flap depressingly illustrated, tend to be spineless, irresolute and principle-free. This instance of that tendency, however, is more alarming and harmful than most. Capitulating to arrogant, self-righteous, power-hungry forces on the left or right only makes them more voracious: we will know who to thank first when boycotts abound demanding that anyone who questioned Al Gore’s climate change hysteria be sacked.
Thank you, Mozilla.
The company didn’t just cave. It grovelled. Mozilla Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker wrote that the company “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.”
Well, too late for this Mozilla-user, at least. It’s going to be a pain in the neck, because now I have to find another system, and I may even have to pay for it. I, however, hold companies to reasonable standards of fairness and ethics, and if a company’s conduct is so nauseating that seeing its logo every day when I sit down in front of my computer screen is going to make me retch, I have to do something.
Every other Mozilla user is free to make his or her own choice; for the moment, at least, it’s a free country. Any company that fires a man for a private contribution expressing his opinion regarding a public issue six years ago—at a time when the President of the United States was on record as holding the exact same opinion—because irresponsible, hypocritical and dishonest gay rights Furies have declared that “those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure,” is contemptible by my standards.
Source: Andrew Sullivan, Consumerist