Mozilla, makers of Firefox browser, has purposely ousted their CEO because he contributed to CA Proposition 8 in 2008. For those who can’t remember Proposition 8 made gay marriage illegal in California. Remember Barack Obama also was opposed to gay marriage in 2008. Proposition 8 passed with overwhelming numbers by the voters of California. However, a judge felt the peoples vote doesn’t count and declared it was unconstitutional. Frankly, where does it say that “marriage” is a right in the Constitution? In addition, sexual preference protection is not in the Constitution.
In Mozilla’s own blog, they state,
|“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.”
Except if you have a Christian view, you have no freedom of speech or equality.
No you don’t. You just proved that by forcing Brendan to resign. You stand for one group and all others are damned. Whose next, a worker who stops at Chick-Fil-A to get lunch and some other worker sees them and reports them like the dutiful SS Nazi? Maybe, an employee goes into Hobby Lobby to get a craft present for their niece’s birthday. Both of these are Christian based companies. How far will you take your inequality?
Mozilla seems to find Brendan Eich’s free speech and equal treatment not as equal to gay activist/employees who went into a tizzy when they found out Brendan donated to Proposition 8. Also, please note, that Mozilla grasp of grammar isn’t the best either. Apparently, Mozilla does not believe Christian’s are entitled to equal treatment. It is okay if you don’t support the donation Brendan made, but to have a gay group and your employee’s dictate who is CEO of a company is ludicrous. You just embolden them to think they ride rough shot over any company who has directors, executives or board members who think differently than you do. These people will use lies and guerilla tactics to get their way. I guess they are little drama queens who whine when someone doesn’t think as they do.
The other thing gays and gay supporters can’t understand you can be against gay marriage and not hate gays. Many Christians feel that “marriage” already defined as one man and one woman should remain and to change this definition would spit in God’s face. If you don’t believe, you won’t understand that statement. Many Christians also feel that gays are choosing this stance to be spiteful. Frankly, I agree. If it were truly about equal rights, then you’d accept another term that the IRS will acknowledge. Many Christians have no problem with gays using their own term “civil union” or “partnership” or a word they decide, then request the IRS and all other entities to recognize that term attributing all rights as if they were indeed a married couple of one man, one woman. I don’t think this is too much to ask. Another thing, why do your beliefs trump mine, where is that in the Constitution? Your rights stop, where mine begins.
I do believe you should be able to be on your partner’s health plan if you are in a civil union/partnership and recognized as if you were married. I believe you should have medical rights, which come from a Power of Attorney or civil union/partnership rights. I just don’t support the term “gay marriage”.
If the above statement wasn’t bad enough, they also state,
|“Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all.”
Note the underlined phrase.
If that was true, where is the diversity in thought? You’d rather capitulate to a group of bullies than defend your CEO. Apparently, if anyone has a Christian belief they are not welcome in your company. Diversity is not only for skin color, Mozilla. Diversity also means you accept, but may not agree with everyone’s point of view. Diversity also means you may have different religious views or you might not be religious at all. If you exclude Christians, but allow Muslim, Buddhist, or Jewish employee’s you have failed your own policy.
The two statements above came from Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman. Okay.
What Mozilla should have done rather than discriminate against someone for their support of a vote they disagree with it, should have stated, “While we disagree with Brendan’s contribution to Proposition 8 in 2008 we respect his right to express views different than our own. We understand this stance will upset some, but in the name of true freedom and diversity, we can’t let other voices dictate how we run our business.”
Instead, Mozilla allowed employees and outside groups to throw their CEO under the bus. Frankly, I hope that Brendan contacts a lawyer for a forced resignation and the EEOC for Mozilla’s discrimination on his religious views, which is an EEOC violation.
Take a lesson from Chick-Fil-A, Christian’s can be your best friend or your worst nightmare. Mozilla has a lot of thinking to do and needs to understand what true diversity means.
Stop the bullies!