For John, BLUF: Zealots are always a problem. Nothing to see here; just move along.
I have been following this issue for the last day or so and was unsure about the point, but apparently Mozilla the firm has strong views on social issues♠ and has recently decided that Mr Brendan Eich, formerly the Chief Technology Officer and recently the Chief Executive Officer, did not conform to the position of the Board, at least with regard to gay marriage.
Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich forced to resign for supporting traditional marriage laws. To be clear, for holding, in 2009, the view of gay marriage that Barack Obama held, instead of the view that Dick Cheney held.Here is the announcement from Mozilla Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker:
Mozilla 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.I wonder where Mr Brendan Eich fits in here? Of course President Obama has evolved his position over the last five years and apparently Mr Eich has not. Now he is being run out of a job for his lack of evolution. Professor Reynolds says:
As someone who was publicly supporting gay marriage even before Dick Cheney, I find this degree of bullying and blacklisting repellent. I’m beginning to think that the only thing the left found wrong with the 1950s blacklists was that they were aimed at . . . the left.Professor Reynolds then quotes from and agrees with Mr Andrew Sullivan:♥
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.Professor Reynolds:
Yeah, pretty much. Disgraceful.I am hoping that some "Paul Harvey" is going to show up and provide us with "the rest of the story". Otherwise this is pretty ugly and Un-American.
As fo rMr Eich, perhaps he prefers the key board to the board room.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Maybe somewhat like Hobby Lobby. But, to me Hobby Lobby will always be the name of a radar site in Thailand, helping us rendezvous with tankers, back in 1966.
♥ Of course Mr Sullivan, while gay, is a conservative and a practicing Roman Catholic. Probably even thinks about Lord Acton once in a while. (I am a big tent guy with regard to the Church.)