Firestorm at Firefox: Mozilla’s Intolerance Compels Highly Respected CEO to Step Down

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Following a firestorm of protest from gay activists this week, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigned yesterday from his leadership role at the internet browser giant after less than two weeks on the job.

Eich’s unforgiveable sin?  A $1,000 donation in 2008 in support of California’s Proposition 8, the state constitutional amendment which defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman and passed with the support of more than 7 million Californians – a 53% majority.  

This, despite the fact that Eich made all the requisite apologies, gyrations and genuflections before the High Altar of Political Correctness.  

And this, despite the fact that corporate leaders routinely donate incomparably larger sums to political efforts in opposition to natural marriage, including: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who gave $2.5 million in 2012; Quark founder Tim Gill, who gave $10 million in 2006; Yahoo investor Daniel Loeb, who gave $1.5 million; Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Steve Balmer, who gave $500,000 and $100,000 respectively; and Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who donated $100,000 and $40,000 respectively in opposition to Proposition 8.

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Clearly, those demanding “tolerance” and extolling the virtues of “diversity” have become ironically intolerant of people who hold to a biblical worldview on sexuality, marriage and family. Even leading gay activist writers like Andrew Sullivan and Tammy Bruce are appalled:

Said Sullivan in his blog post, “The Hounding of a Heretic”:

“The guy who had the gall to express his First Amendment rights and favor Prop 8 in California by donating $1,000 has just been scalped by some gay activists… 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.”

And Bruce tweeted:

“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?”

Apparently, it’s no longer possible to make atonement and appease the gods of GLBT activism. And it would appear that a new litmus test has been instituted for employment given that Eich is eminently qualified to be CEO of Mozilla. He wrote JavaScript, co-founded Mozilla and was asked to assume the role after an exhaustive search process.

Those who hold to a biblically orthodox view on marriage these days – and want to keep their job in certain fields – should take note of this week’s sad and sobering events.  

And what about Christian workers at Mozilla? Despite the company’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity, do Christians also feel equally welcomed and respected in their workplace like GLBT employees?  Or, will Mozilla’s Christian workers face discrimination because of their personal convictions?

From a biblical perspective, sexual identity is a moral issue, not the inalienable civil rights issue it has been framed as in today’s cultural debate.  And in our American context, it’s also a First Amendment matter of freedom of religion and expression. Holding to a politically correct view on gay marriage should not be a litmus test for holding a job one is highly qualified for.

Brendan Eich was discriminated against simply because – in his personal life – he supported natural marriage six years ago. Who will be next?

Faith Driven Consumer continues to advocate for tolerance in the workplace, because our community of 46 million Americans has the right to be treated equally as members of our nation’s rich rainbow of diversity.

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