Apparently, one is not allowed to be a CEO if one supports the idea that marriage is between a man and a woman. In a move that has been described as "fascist," Brendan Eich stepped down as CEO of Mozilla after the IRS exposed a $1,000 donation to a pro-traditional marriage campaign to a pro-gay group, PJ Media said Thursday.
"Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community," Mozilla said.
"Yeah. He’s 'made this decision' after thugs forced him into it," Bryan Preston countered.
"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," Mozilla added.
But it seems that free speech is only available to those who hold a certain point of view, as Eich learned the hard way.
Preston took Mozilla to task for claiming it supports free speech:
Obviously Mozilla does not believe in equality or freedom of speech. If it did, it would have defended its CEO and noted that many of its employees agree with him, not just the other side. It would have asserted that both sides deserve a hearing.
GLAAD celebrated the move with a statement of its own.
"Mozilla’s strong statement in favor of equality today reflects where corporate America is: inclusive, safe, and welcoming to all," GLAAD said.
Unless, of course, one disagrees with GLAAD.
But the plot thickens, as a report says the IRS leaked a copy of the National Organization for Marriage’s 2008 tax return to a gay-advocacy group. That tax return revealed that Eich had made a $1,000 donation, which started the ball rolling.
NOM filed a lawsuit against the IRS last October for giving the information to the Human Rights Campaign.
Columnist Andrew Sullivan said he was "disgusted" by the whole affair.
"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," he wrote. "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."
"If Eich had to resign for views he held in 2008, shouldn't Obama do the same?" one person asked on Twitter.
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