Mozilla CEO “resigns” after uproar over his opposition to gay marriage

posted at 4:41 pm on April 3, 2014 by Allahpundit

His opposition consisted of a $1,000 donation to support Proposition 8 in California made years ago. Over to you, John McCormack:

The difference between Eich and Obama is that. as far as we know, Eich didn’t lie to people’s faces about his views to further his own ambition. He could have publicly renounced his donation this week in the name of keeping his job, but apart from a statement about making sure that Mozilla supports everyone regardless of orientation, he didn’t. I imagine there must be some satisfaction to him in that. The ultimate goal in boycotts like these isn’t getting people fired, it’s enforcing uniformity of thought on the subject. When forced to choose, Eich evidently preferred to sacrifice his job rather than his beliefs.

In several interviews this week, Eich had insisted that he would not step down from the job he was only recently appointed to, due to the intense backlash over a $1,000 donation he made in 2008 in support of the ballot measure to ban gay marriage…

In an interview this morning, Mozilla Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker said that Eich’s ability to lead the company that makes the Firefox Web browser had been badly damaged by the continued scrutiny over the hot-button issue, which had actually been known since 2012 inside the Mozilla community.

“It’s clear that Brendan cannot lead Mozilla in this setting,” said Baker, who added that she would not and could not speak for Eich. “The ability to lead — particularly for the CEO — is fundamental to the role and that is not possible here.”…

Baker — who became emotional at one point during the interview — noted that she was “doing a fair amount of self-reflection and I am wondering how did I miss it that this would matter more when he was the CEO.”

Having now exorcised the demon and returned to a state of grace in the eyes of moral watchdogs like OK Cupid, Baker took to groveling to the Mozilla “community” on the site’s blog:

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.

Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community.

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.

That’s the core of it. Eich’s free speech didn’t serve the cause of equality, therefore the company didn’t feel obliged to defend it. Free speech is valuable only insofar as it serves the right politics, an attitude shared by people far more influential than Mitchell Baker. Frankly, given that logic, why the company permits its users to access traditional marriage sites on Firefox is a mystery to me. Surely far more money has been donated to social conservative causes online, using the Firebox browser, than Brendan Eich donated to Prop 8. Why not block disfavored sites completely? Free speech is, after all, but a means to an end.

Sean Davis asks. a la McCormack:

Good question. The answer, I think, has to do with gauging what’s possible in different political subcultures. Liberals know a hard line on supporting gay marriage is apt to lose them a Senate seat in Arkansas. They’ll give Pryor a break in the name of victory — for now — just like they gave Obama a break. They don’t need to be as forgiving in left-leaning Silicon Valley. On the contrary, sacrificing the CEO of Mozilla is a ruthlessly efficient way to remind members of the tech community to toe the progressive line on hot-button issues like this one. They burned Eich pour encourager les autres.

If you oppose gay marriage (which I do not), you should treat this as a lesson that organized economic power is really your only way to make SSM fans think twice about purge-minded boycotts. You’re not going to talk them into an “agree to disagree” accommodation at this point; the trends in popular opinion are too far in their favor, and to many of them, opposing gay marriage is tantamount to opposing interracial marriage, i.e. a vestige of a system of persecution. Start by dropping Firefox, if you use it now, and go from there. If you don’t, this will keep happening.


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…gey…gey…geh!

KOOLAID2 on April 3, 2014 at 4:43 PM

When are these people going to stop letting themselves be bullied. Boycott threats never come off.

crankyoldlady on April 3, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Tolerance.

Lolo on April 3, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Fascist is as Fascist does.

workingclass artist on April 3, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Will uninstall Firefox tomorrow on this comp. It’s on to Google Chrome, I guess.

NotCoach on April 3, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Start by dropping Firefox, if you use it now, and go from there. If you don’t, this will keep happening.

How about Hot Air dropping the autoplay ads and maybe we can ditch FireFox.

HumpBot Salvation on April 3, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Free speech is valuable only insofar as it serves the right politics

…don’t we know?!

KOOLAID2 on April 3, 2014 at 4:46 PM

So it’s ok to hound people who opposed proposition 8 now?
Tolerance for me but not for thee.
And I for one welcome our new, so-called, diversity.

Skywise on April 3, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Gaystapo uber Alles

gwelf on April 3, 2014 at 4:46 PM

No stopping the Gaystapo.

I dropped FF years ago and I’m proud to say “never going back”.

nobar on April 3, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Chick-Fil-A…

PatriotRider on April 3, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Who’s the bully now?

Bigbullets on April 3, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Just when did conservatives become so obedient?
 
verbaluce on March 25, 2014 at 5:58 PM

rogerb on April 3, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Let this be a warning to other CEO’s. You better make sure you donate to the “right” cause.

HumpBot Salvation on April 3, 2014 at 4:47 PM

I oppose gay marriage so fire my ass.

Its too bad they caved-jellyfish!!

jmtham156 on April 3, 2014 at 4:48 PM

*sigh*

so he just caves? great, wonderful. thanks a lot for giving into the gay marriage supporters’ bullying tactics. by giving in, those bullies are made stronger.

Sachiko on April 3, 2014 at 4:49 PM

As long as the homo fascist agenda is achieved, brothers.

bossmanham on April 3, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Another Headstone in the Graveyard of “I offended a Gay” Cemetery.

Lay down and pull the dirt in on yourselves.

portlandon on April 3, 2014 at 4:49 PM

The ultimate goal in boycotts like these isn’t getting people fired, it’s enforcing uniformity of thought on the subject.

CEO makes statement that offends a whole lot of people. Those people decide to boycott him. Sounds like the free market of ideas to me.

This dude has the right to speak freely and consumers have the right to express their displeasure. So everyone got to take their rights out for some nice exercise.

MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Why is no one talking about the fact that the ONLY reason we know about this donation in the first place is because Obama’s IRS ILLEGALLY leaked confidential tax data to a liberal advocacy group??

It doesn’t even rate a mention in the post.

What the hell is happening to this country?

Missy on April 3, 2014 at 4:50 PM

If you oppose gay marriage (which I do not), you should treat this as a lesson that organized economic power is really your only way to make SSM fans think twice about purge-minded boycotts. You’re not going to talk them into an “agree to disagree” accommodation at this point; the trends in popular opinion are too far in their favor, and to many of them, opposing gay marriage is tantamount to opposing interracial marriage, i.e. a vestige of a system of persecution. Start by dropping Firefox, if you use it now, and go from there. If you don’t, this will keep happening.
-Allahpundit

Hey Allah,

It’s not just us homophobes who are hurt by this. They’ll use these fascist means to shut out positions you support too.

gwelf on April 3, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Maybe he will get the Phil Robertson treatment.

Sven on April 3, 2014 at 4:51 PM

This dude has the right to speak freely and consumers have the right to express their displeasure. So everyone got to take their rights out for some nice exercise.

MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Does Eich have the “right” to have his confidential tax data illegally leaked by the IRS?

Because that leak is the only reason this is now a story and he is stepping down.

Missy on April 3, 2014 at 4:51 PM

So which browser is produced by a company that isn’t comprised of Hive-minded intolerant leftists?

Kensington on April 3, 2014 at 4:51 PM

I’m dropping Firefox. I can’t support a company that fires people to make a political point, stifles free speech, and sacrifices a man’s career simply because he disagreed with a political point.

If he had done substantive harm with his position, or used his job to render harm, I’d keep using Firefox. The point is he didn’t.

In the final analysis, the sexuality of the persons wearing the hobnailed boots doesn’t matter to the individual whose rights are being trampled under foot of those marching to their own agenda.

thatsafactjack on April 3, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Civil unrest is in our future…

d1carter on April 3, 2014 at 4:52 PM

It’s this kind of crap that makes me oppose gay marriage. I oppose it because I oppose fascist gay ass-holes.

darwin on April 3, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Hey, Allah,

Quick question for you, as a supporter of same-sex marriage. Does this make you want to abandon Firefox, too?

Kensington on April 3, 2014 at 4:52 PM

I support gay rights, including equal marriage rights, but I will never use Firefox again after this. If someone with his record can be removed for donating $1,000 to a cause six years ago, then we have a serious problem.

DisneyFan on April 3, 2014 at 4:52 PM

*sigh*
so he just caves? great, wonderful. thanks a lot for giving into the gay marriage supporters’ bullying tactics. by giving in, those bullies are made stronger.
Sachiko on April 3, 2014 at 4:49 PM

I doubt he caved. Mozilla’s statement from the board was frothing at their support of diversity and difference of opinion. They didn’t even recognize the hypocrisy from the juxtaposition of announcing his resignation while doing so. To wit: we support diversity when the mob agrees with it.

Skywise on April 3, 2014 at 4:53 PM

I wonder if anybody in leadership postions at Mozilla owns a gun?

Sven on April 3, 2014 at 4:53 PM

You know, the gay mafia is coming very close to alienating me for good. I’ve supported gay marriage for years, but I’ve had it up to here with this kind of fascist crap(and no, that’s not too strong a term for what they’re doing).

Doughboy on April 3, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Missy on April 3, 2014 at 4:51 PM

How do you know that was the source of the info?

MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Its pretty clear that all of us here need to be sent somewhere for re-education.

jmtham156 on April 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Civil unrest is in our future…

d1carter on April 3, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Probably. People will only take so much. Unfortunately I think people will take much, much more.

darwin on April 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Firefox, I hardly knew ye…

d1carter on April 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

CEO makes statement that offends a whole lot of people. Those people decide to boycott him. Sounds like the free market of ideas to me.

This dude has the right to speak freely and consumers have the right to express their displeasure. So everyone got to take their rights out for some nice exercise.

MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 4:50 PM

You’ve got several things wrong here.

First of all Eich didn’t make a statement. His private donations were outed illegally by the IRS.

Secondly, this isn’t about the free market if ideas and free speech – it’s about the kind of society we’re going to have. These people are fascists. They didn’t fight speech with speech they wanted this guy fired for his speech that had absolutely nothing to do with his job.

This is absolutely toxic to a free and well functioning society. That’s what’s at stake.

gwelf on April 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Here’s what I posted on Facebook about this topic:

Tolerance is good (except when we use it as an excuse to ignore evil). It is especially good when values are changing rapidly as they are today in the treatment of gay people. While the goal is for it to be unacceptable to express public disapproval of gays being married, we don’t want to act like the Spanish Inquisition. Expressing disapproval of gay marriage or donating to anti-gay marriage causes in 2008 should be considered ancient history. We should forgive such old mistakes, and pay no attention to current silences. Let us remember that the values that made gay liberation possible were decency and love and not punitive judgementalism.

thuja on April 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

I don’t oppose gays having some kind of official legal union, but I do oppose redefining the word marriage to include same-sex unions.

I guess that makes me a troglodyte.

I would probably uninstall Firefox, if it wasn’t for the fact that Internet Explorer sucks and Google Chrome doesn’t make it easy to preserve the life of my solid state drive by moving my browser caches onto a hard drive.

Reno_Dave on April 3, 2014 at 4:55 PM

You will conform….

d1carter on April 3, 2014 at 4:55 PM

If you oppose gay marriage

One cannot oppose that which does not exist.

corona79 on April 3, 2014 at 4:56 PM

So what’s a good browser?

gophergirl on April 3, 2014 at 4:56 PM

“Shut up,” he explained demanded.

davidk on April 3, 2014 at 4:56 PM

If you oppose gay marriage (which I do not)

I have stopped supporting gay marriage. The intolerance of the illiberal left is more than I can stomach.

rbj on April 3, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Opera is an alternative, but based on what I’ve read, they may do the same as Mozilla.

nobar on April 3, 2014 at 4:57 PM

First of all Eich didn’t make a statement. His private donations were outed illegally by the IRS.

I didn’t see that in the post. How do you know this is how it came to light?

Secondly, this isn’t about the free market if ideas and free speech – it’s about the kind of society we’re going to have. These people are fascists. They didn’t fight speech with speech they wanted this guy fired for his speech that had absolutely nothing to do with his job.

This is absolutely toxic to a free and well functioning society. That’s what’s at stake.

gwelf on April 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

The kind of society we want to live in is one where we can speak freely and engage in commerce freely. That means, among other things, boycotting businesses we don’t like. You’re not suggesting people be forced to use Mozilla-based products are you? Or should they be forced to keep quiet?

MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Sue the holy shit out of them. Make it very, very costly to be a fascist.

Rational Thought on April 3, 2014 at 4:57 PM

The Spanish Inquisition. It’s here, now. These are your “progressives,” folks.

rrpjr on April 3, 2014 at 4:58 PM

“While the goal is for it to be unacceptable to express public disapproval of gays being married”

thuja on April 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Fascist

darwin on April 3, 2014 at 4:58 PM

If he had donated to planned parenthood I wonder how many here would be shrieking “fascist” right now.

MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

A year ago it was no biggie for Hillary to be anti-SSM, now it’s a firing offense, next year it’ll be the guillotine. Jacobin progressives move quickly when they realize they have the upper hand.

forest on April 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

What’s a good alternative for Windows 7? Anyone know?

wyntre9 on April 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

gophergirl on April 3, 2014 at 4:56 PM

I’m going to Opera Browser, GG.

thatsafactjack on April 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

wyntre9 on April 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

What hardware?

MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

What a crock!

tomshup on April 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM

i’m so sick of the gay marriage bullies and their hatred for anyone who doesn’t think like them.

you know what? you can’t just act like anyone who has a different opinion than you is automatically a bad person. so this person donated money in support of a bill you don’t agree with. who cares? do you just assume that everyone absolutely has to only donate to causes YOU agree with, or else how dare they???

did he actually mistreat gay people? and no, disagreeing is not mistreating. i’m saying, are there specific incidents where he interacted with gay people in a rude way, or lied to them, cheated them, made fun of them?? if not, why should he step down- just because you THINK he’s going to be rude to them? not a good enough reason. i need actual proof that he mistreats gay people.

guess what? i have friends who are democrats. i have friends who aren’t Christian. i have friends who support gay marriage. i don’t just refuse to like someone just because they have different opinions than i have. i’m tolerant. if i can be tolerant, how come these gay marriage bullies can’t be tolerant??

/rant

Sachiko on April 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM

If he had donated to planned parenthood I wonder how many here would be shrieking “fascist” right now.

MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

He wouldn’t have lost his job if he had donated to PP.

I can’t believe you don’t see the difference here.

gophergirl on April 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM

We have employees with a wide diversity of views. Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public

You’re late for April Fools Day, Mitchie.

corona79 on April 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Is that hot tar I smell? Whatever it is the stench is unbearable.

Drained Brain on April 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM

I can’t believe people respond to MJBrutus.

DisneyFan on April 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM

I’m going to Opera Browser, GG.

thatsafactjack on April 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Never heard of that one but thanks for the recommendation.

I can’t support this company anymore.

gophergirl on April 3, 2014 at 5:01 PM

If he had donated to planned parenthood I wonder how many here would be shrieking “fascist” right now.

MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

He would be criticized, but do you really think anyone here would be agitating for him to lose his job? Really?

Kensington on April 3, 2014 at 5:01 PM

I’m quitting FireFox as of today. It’s been great, but I’m not supporting hate.

I’m using TOR and probably will go to either Chrome, or IE.

Writing Mozilla to say so.

avagreen on April 3, 2014 at 5:01 PM

gophergirl on April 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Yeah, like you wouldn’t be first in line to boycott. If he didn’t get canned it would not be because of a lack of lifers demanding it.

MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Talk about bullying because someone is different than you are!

Annielou on April 3, 2014 at 5:01 PM

This dude has the right to speak freely and consumers have the right to express their displeasure. So everyone got to take their rights out for some nice exercise.
MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 4:50 PM

That’s BS and you know it. He made a PRIVATE contribution that was illegally leaked by the Obama administration as a political attack. He supported a campaign for a cause he believed in to have it put to a vote AND WON.

And then California had to jump through hoops and have a HOMOSEXUAL judge decide that that was against his personal rights and overturned it.

Now the gay lobby uses the illegally leaked list to personally blackball everybody who donated.

And you have the audacity to say “I support civil rights.”

Fine – get ready for the backlash…

Skywise on April 3, 2014 at 5:01 PM

The co-founder? Henry Ford hated Jews. When did the “Elders of Zion” squash him like a bug?

cbenoistd on April 3, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Kensington on April 3, 2014 at 5:01 PM

I have no doubt about it.

MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 5:02 PM

“While the goal is for it to be unacceptable to express public disapproval of gays being married”

thuja on April 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Fascist

darwin on April 3, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Is what happened to the n-word fascist? Gays are not willing to be second-class former victims.

thuja on April 3, 2014 at 5:02 PM

I have no doubt about it.

MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Oy vey…

Kensington on April 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

What a weenie. He should have not resigned. This is the problem with so many today, they let the left intimidate them.

neyney on April 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

******* ******* win again…

Murphy9 on April 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Skywise on April 3, 2014 at 5:01 PM

You’re number 3. Nothing above states that the info was leaked, illegally or otherwise. Do you have evidence that it was?

MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

The kind of society we want to live in is one where we can speak freely and engage in commerce freely. That means, among other things, boycotting businesses we don’t like. You’re not suggesting people be forced to use Mozilla-based products are you? Or should they be forced to keep quiet?

MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Are you purposely being obtuse? I didn’t suggest government action. I didn’t even mention government. I’m talking about society.

But you think a healthy and free society and market involves fascists getting people fired for their totally irrelevant political beliefs? This isn’t a question of a free market or an unfree market – it’s a question of what the market’s deciding to do.
You’re ok with the market deciding that a guy can’t be a CEO because of his stance on gay marriage?

Check this out:
http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/04/mozilla-mo-problems

gwelf on April 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

The kind of society we want to live in is one where we can speak freely and engage in commerce freely. That means, among other things, boycotting businesses we don’t like. You’re not suggesting people be forced to use Mozilla-based products are you? Or should they be forced to keep quiet?

MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 4:57 PM

You’re nuts. The left doesn’t allow free speech. Where the hell have you been? Under a rock?

It’s one thing to personally chose not to buy or use product but it’s quite another to organize a campaign to fire someone simply because they made a private donation to something the left doesn’t like.

darwin on April 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Looks like I might have to switch entirely to Opera. Oh well.

While the goal is for it to be unacceptable to express public disapproval of gays being married
thuja on April 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Thug.

GWB on April 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

If he had donated to planned parenthood I wonder how many here would be shrieking “fascist” right now.
MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Uh that would’ve been YOU.

Skywise on April 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

I cannot believe grown people would retreat based on this stupidity.

Cindy Munford on April 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

We are losing this country, in a hurry.

GaltBlvnAtty on April 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Who is John Galt?

RushBaby on April 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

I can’t believe people respond to MJBrutus.

DisneyFan on April 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Good advice.

22044 on April 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Why is no one talking about the fact that the ONLY reason we know about this donation in the first place is because Obama’s IRS ILLEGALLY leaked confidential tax data to a liberal advocacy group??

It doesn’t even rate a mention in the post.

What the hell is happening to this country?

Missy on April 3, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Obama’s IRS has done illegal leaking, but I haven’t seen that it happened in this case.

I actually donated to Prop 8 myself, and I thought all donations above a certain amount were a matter of public record, which was how the “forces of tolerance” made their famous map to target the H8ers.

DavidW on April 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Missy on April 3, 2014 at 4:51 PM

How do you know that was the source of the info?

MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Missy, a leak of confidential information by the IRS was very probably NOT the source of disclosing Eich’s $1000 donation to the supporters of Proposition 8.

The source was a California judge who ruled that the donor lists to the Yes on Prop 8 organization were not confidential – and available to the public. The effort to protect the identities of those who donated to the Yes on Prop 8 side was done to avoid just this – letting the GheyGestapo harass, intimidate, and extort those donors and their employers over their free exercise of their rights to support a position they believed in.

Unfortunately, tolerance is not a word the real fascists understand or respect. Another is one based on ‘rights’ because the only rights those fascists believe in and accept are collective rights being superior to those of an individual.

I think like many, I don’t hate them because they are gay or support gay causes. I hate them because they’re fascists and I deplore the vile tactics those modern day brownshirts use.

Athos on April 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Is what happened to the n-word fascist? Gays are not willing to be second-class former victims.

thuja on April 3, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Oh get bent. I’m sick to death of gay victimhood sobbing while gay thugs go around destroying peoples lives.

darwin on April 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Is there another browser with a good AdBlock because I can play this game.

Cindy Munford on April 3, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Thuja is a ghoul. Carry on.

22044 on April 3, 2014 at 5:05 PM

I cannot believe grown people would retreat based on this stupidity.

Cindy Munford on April 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

I can see how someone who feels he’s secure enough financially that he can afford to say “oh screw this” would walk away, but I wish he hadn’t. What a waste of an opportunity to stand up to these thugs.

All the wrong people are celebrating.

Kensington on April 3, 2014 at 5:05 PM

In several interviews this week, Eich had insisted that he would not step down from the job he was only recently appointed to, due to the intense backlash over a $1,000 donation he made in 2008 in support of the ballot measure to ban gay marriage…

A ballot measure that was so wildly unpopular in the State of California that it actually passed and had to be repealed via judicial fiat.

CycloneCDB on April 3, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Is there a conservative browser anywhere?

hip shot on April 3, 2014 at 5:05 PM

You’re number 3. Nothing above states that the info was leaked, illegally or otherwise. Do you have evidence that it was?

MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Go google it yourself.

It’s old news that the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) had their donor list leaked by the IRS to gaystapo groups like the HRC.

gwelf on April 3, 2014 at 5:05 PM

gwelf on April 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

I think that a healthy society allows people to boycott a CEO’s business who they are offended by. It is up to the business to decide it the price of retaining him is too high. That is their voluntary decision as well.

MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Cannot uninstall firefox. I need the firebug add-on which, to my knowledge, is unavailable on Chrome .

Respectfully,

Brian P.

pendell2 on April 3, 2014 at 5:06 PM

MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

OK, Here. The only way the gay fascists would know he had donated would be through this leaked information.

GWB on April 3, 2014 at 5:06 PM

If he had donated to planned parenthood I wonder how many here would be shrieking “fascist” right now.

MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

i would disagree with that person’s decision but i wouldn’t try to get someone fired from their job because of it. i’m not intolerant. and i don’t automatically think anyone who supports PP is automatically a bad person. some people genuinely believe the narrative that PP is a nice sweet organization that is about helping women and families.

but gay marriage bullies think that anyone who opposes gay marriage is automatically a bad person.

Sachiko on April 3, 2014 at 5:06 PM

How do you know that was the source of the info?

MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Eich was outed by the Human Rights Campaign. HRC also leaked Romney’s tax donations to the National Organization for Marriage. NOM sued HRC for leaking this info. The evidence strongly suggests that HRC gained access to IRS data on NOM via an IRS employee.

Robert Stacy McCain reported it in AmSpec here:

http://spectator.org/blog/56307/gay-harvard-grad-matthew-meisel-implicated-illegal-irs-leak

building on Eliana Johnson’s NRO report here:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/362667/investigation-ids-irs-leaker-eliana-johnson

Again, HRC’s frequent, consistent outing of donors to anti-gay marriage causes strongly suggests they are receiving or did receive leaks from the IRS.

Missy on April 3, 2014 at 5:07 PM

gwelf on April 3, 2014 at 5:05 PM

No, no I won’t. I’ll just say that if the info was disclosed illegally, I should hope and think that he has grounds to sue the leaker. Nothing else changes as far as what I have said.

MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Missy, a leak of confidential information by the IRS was very probably NOT the source of disclosing Eich’s $1000 donation to the supporters of Proposition 8.

The source was a California judge who ruled that the donor lists to the Yes on Prop 8 organization were not confidential – and available to the public. The effort to protect the identities of those who donated to the Yes on Prop 8 side was done to avoid just this – letting the GheyGestapo harass, intimidate, and extort those donors and their employers over their free exercise of their rights to support a position they believed in.

Unfortunately, tolerance is not a word the real fascists understand or respect. Another is one based on ‘rights’ because the only rights those fascists believe in and accept are collective rights being superior to those of an individual.

I think like many, I don’t hate them because they are gay or support gay causes. I hate them because they’re fascists and I deplore the vile tactics those modern day brownshirts use.

Athos on April 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Thanks for the clarification

gwelf on April 3, 2014 at 5:07 PM

CEO makes statement that offends a whole lot of people. Those people decide to boycott him. Sounds like the free market of ideas to me.

This dude has the right to speak freely and consumers have the right to express their displeasure. So everyone got to take their rights out for some nice exercise.

MJBrutus on April 3, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Wow, what a stupid thing to say. A $1K donation 6 years ago, and now it’s a big freakin’ deal. Even if you consider a donation a “statement”, it was once, and again, 6 years ago, back when your gal-pal Obama held the very same opinion!

Progressives are the nastiest, most intolerant people on the planet.

Fathom on April 3, 2014 at 5:07 PM

“While the goal is for it to be unacceptable to express public disapproval of gays being married”

thuja on April 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Actually, the goal for some of us who care about politics involves only the relationship between citizens and governmernts. Some of us don’t actually insist that everyone think alike. Shocking concept, I know.

DisneyFan on April 3, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Here is more from an insider about the Mozilla horror:
http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/04/mozilla-mo-problems

chuckh on April 3, 2014 at 5:08 PM

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