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Mozilla CEO takes fire, support from gay, anti-gay activists six years later

JavaScript creator and Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich comes under fire from gay activists for supporting anti-gay legislation Proposition 8 six years ago.
JavaScript creator and Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich comes under fire from gay activists for supporting anti-gay legislation Proposition 8 six years ago.
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Your preference of reading news online or in print publications is your choice. Choosing which media news outlet to read is also your decision, and typically it is based on whichever outlet you feel covers and delivers the information in the way you like it best, and which best mirrors your own views. That's why it isn't surprising that MSNBC is eager to report to their more liberal audience that the new CEO Brendan Eich of Mozilla is under fire for donating $1,000 in the past to the campaign of Proposition 8 in California.

Yes, Prop 8 is no longer even an active concern in the large state, but those who support the gay movement and political agenda there and elsewhere are still watching those who used to contribute to an anti-gay sentiment. And this particular news site supports them by telling others about it.

In Brendan Eich's case, the JavaScript creator is coming under fire just because he let his personal views motivate his pocketbook contributions--off the job. And that was six years ago. Now, as the newly appointed CEO for a major technological company, he has the power to influence a multitude of other people by his anti-gay position, but he isn't trying to. Yet his ability to do so still worries the homosexual community so much they were first campaigning to get him fired from his promotion. But now they just want the company to apologize to them for choosing him despite his past one-time contribution to Prop 8.

What we're asking for is an apology that recognizes the damage and discrimination that that law's had for gay couples like us," one homosexual couple said.

Brendan Eich has the same rights as anyone else to believe what he wants to about any topic, of course. And even as the CEO of a major company that is still his right. He also has the right to contribute to any cause he wants to. But now he has assumed a role, six years later, that some believe could influence how he treats some customers. But he has made a post on his blog to address the conflict, letting the LGBT community know that in the performance of his job at Mozilla he will seek to provide technological service to all persons.

But that isn't good enough for those 8 percent of people who are demanding an apology, according to the International Business Times (IBT). They feel he should backtrack on his personal feelings and renounce his past support of Prop 8. But that is like asking someone to renounce their personal likes and dislikes, or their moral code. And that just isn't fair of anyone, personally or professionally, especially if they promise to do their job without discrimination.

IBT, a company co-owned by two Christian men who some say feel that you can cure being gay, say that the gay supporters attacking Eich include a website called OKCupid, which uses Mozilla's Firefox for its online site. IBT says OKCupid is going to the extreme of asking its users to penalize Mozilla over their promotion of Eich by actually asking their site's users not to use Firefox to access their site. In other words, they are boycotting the company now.

We've devoted the last ten years to bringing people--all people--together. If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8 percent 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 is professionally important to the entire company," they say.

"We urge you to consider different software for accessing OKCupid," they added.

MSNBC is a big supporter of the LGBT community already, so pushing this story to the news forefront is right up their alley professionally. OKCupid is willing to censor products created by anti-gay technology CEOs to further their support of the minority "8 %" of homosexuals they have cultivated. And the International Business Times points out that the hoopla about Brendan Eich all stems from his mere donation of $1,000 to Proposition 8 six long years ago.

What's wrong with this picture? First, people are getting way too thin-skinned when it comes to getting upset about what one person believes versus what they believe. Second, America needs to stop pacifying activists every time they ask for something, and third, if OKCupid is going to state that they have spent 10 years trying to push the LGBT agenda on their site and only have 8 percent of the population to show for it, then they have to realize they aren't impacting as many as they think, so Eich isn't their problem.

Lastly, it is time that online news readers and television news watchers realize that there are liberal news outlets and there are conservative news stations and the liberal ones are going to attempt to make the gay issue appear larger and more prominent an issue than it is (only 65,000 out of millions of people signed the petition in this case), and the conservative news outlets are going to paint the proponents of LGBT as being radical and unwilling to let anyone else have their own views, even in their personal lives (six years after the fact).

And back in late March The Guardian, a liberal online and print outlet, proved all of this when they began to attack IBT's acquisition of the decades-old Newsweek publication, and they did it because IBT's chief content officer had endorsed an article in the past about how you can cure someone who is gay. And the kicker in that case is that the content officer had been cured of being gay himself, so shouldn't he know?