Mozilla claims to be inclusive but forces pro-marriage CEO Brendan Eich to step down

This article from Townhall by Guy Benson is a must-read.


Eich is out on his ear for the unpardonable sin of subscribing to a moral and political belief so mean-spirited and close-minded that it was shared by President Obama back when the fateful contribution was made. (Obama was never actually against gay marriage, but it was his public stance for awhile). Indeed, a majority of California voters endorsed Proposition 8 that year, including substantial majorities of Hispanics and African-Americans. When Eich’s private beliefs recently came to light, online petitioners demanded that he either renounce them or be fired. Think about that. “Renounce your beliefs and agree with us, or else” is not a sentence that should be uttered lightly, if ever, in a free society. Scalp collected, and message received. They didn’t even seriously allege — let alone try to prove — that Eich’s tenure as CEO would be marked by discrimination in any way. It was his mere presence that was intolerable. An appeal to reason from one of Eich’s gay colleagues evidently fell on deaf ears:

Mozilla’s Education Lead Christie Koehler, who is gay, also defended the company in a blog post, despite stressing that she was “disappointed” to learn that Eich had made donations in support of Prop 8. “Certainly it would be problematic if Brendan’s behavior within Mozilla was explicitly discriminatory … I haven’t personally seen this (although to be clear, I was not part of Brendan’s reporting structure until today),” she wrote. “To the contrary, over the years I have watched Brendan be an ally in many areas and bring clarity and leadership when needed.”

Ah, but who needs “clarity and leadership” in a CEO when there are ideological conformity tests to satisfy? Upon Eich’s departure, Mozilla issued a statement expressing their support of “free speech and equality,” with no apparent trace of irony. Gay rights organization GLAAD was even less self-aware in its official response:

Mozilla’s strong statement in favor of equality today reflects where corporate America is: inclusive, safe, and welcoming to all.

Inclusive and welcoming to all…unless you’re a hateful “bigot” who disagrees with us on the definition of marriage — in which case, get the hell out.

[UPDATE: Link to PJ Tatler story removed, and title of this post changed]

Let’s take a look at one case of fascism in detail.

Frank Turek, too

You might remember that this happened to well-known Christian apologist Frank Turek when he spoke at Cisco.


In 2008, Dr. Turek was hired by Cisco to design and conduct a leadership and teambuilding program for about fifty managers with your Remote Operations Services team. The program took about a year to conduct, during which he also conducted similar sessions for another business unit within Cisco. That training earned such high marks that in 2010 he was asked to design a similar program for about 200 managers within Global Technical Services. Ten separate eight-hour sessions were scheduled.

The morning after completing the seventh session earlier this year, a manager in that session —who was one of the better students in that class—phoned in a complaint. It had nothing to do with content of the course or how it was conducted. In fact, the manager commented that the course was “excellent” as did most who participated. His complaint regarded Dr. Turek’s political and religious views that were never mentioned during class, but that the manager learned by “googling” Dr. Turek after class.

The manager identified himself as gay and was upset that Dr. Turek had written this book providing evidence that maintaining our current marriage laws would be best for the country. Although the manager didn’t read the book, he said that the author’s view was inconsistent with “Cisco values” and could not be tolerated. (Dr. Turek is aware of this because he was in the room when his call came in.) The manager then contacted an experienced HR professional at Cisco who had Dr. Turek fired that day without ever speaking to him. The HR professional also commended the manager for “outing” Dr. Turek.

This firing had nothing to do with course content—the program earned very high marks from participants. It had nothing to do with budget constraints—the original contract was paid in full recently. A man was fired simply because of his personal political and religious beliefs—beliefs that are undoubtedly shared by thousands of your very large and diverse workforce.

When I meet people at lectures, debates and conferences, the first question they ask me is why I have an alias. This case explains why. It’s much harder to get a job or a promotion when people on the secular left can just search the Internet for all your views and rule you out – or have you fired. It doesn’t matter if you are using peer-reviewed data to make your case, as I do. They don’t care about facts, they just want you to stop disagreeing with them and start celebrating their views.

You absolutely have to have an alias if you are a man who expects to provide for a family. And don’t take chances – save everything you make for that day when they find out who you really are, so you can go down fighting.

8 thoughts on “Mozilla claims to be inclusive but forces pro-marriage CEO Brendan Eich to step down”

  1. I understand your concern about keeping your identity secret. I do know that someone has to be out in the open or those seeking to silence will win. Another great case is the Regernus debacle. Make no mistake that one of the goals of his enemies is to stifle future research that does not explicitly support same-sex parenting. Deep down inside I do not believe that thought they could get him fired or get his article removed but this was a way to signal to universities to not tenure professors who do not toe the line and to academic journals not to publish articles that do not support same sex parenting. Their efforts may fail as Douglas Allen recently published an article supporting some of Regernus conclusions using Canadian data but the treatment of Regernus was instructive nonetheless.
    I have keep a lot of my views to myself until I have reached a state in my career where I can protect myself. I hope you reach that state as well someday and can be freer with your identity. If we want a truly tolerant society where we can debate a variety of ideas then those who would silence dissent must be confronted and defeated.


    1. I blogged on the Regnerus study and the Canadian study as well. But I don’t think that just blogging studies alone is going to protect me from them. I think there is something very dangerous going on in the extreme wing of the gay agenda that does not respect the freedom of others to disagree and dissent according to conscience.


  2. I don’t understand how Mozilla makes any money, anyway. They give all their stuff away for free. He can find a better job.


    1. Professional services from companies who re-use their components. Perhaps big companies pay them to offer a “free” alternative to rival technologies, although I am not sure how that would work since browsers are all free.


  3. ~ Anonymity / Psedonymity depends on where you are at in life. It depends on where you work if you work at all. My parents are retired. If my dad starts blogging on controversial issues no one can fire him. Or say a pastor – he could preach what the Bible teaches. Assuming that his church consists of authentic Christians – not Churchians – he won’t get fired and then hauled to the courts.

    However … however I think that things will get worse first for the conservative then for everyone else.

    ~~> The history of human rights shows us that when one human right is violated or suppressed, then soon enough others will be.

    Thats the way it has worked historically.


  4. I feel you for you why you are anonymous. We blog pseudo-anonymously (there are people who know we are really are and our church does for accountability) for somewhat similar reason–in the past before our current blog someone I debated online who was a radical Muslim suddenly showed up in one of our evangelism effort and when I searched online the guy’s name and email I found out that this guy had a history of threatening Christian apologetics ministries and one other ministry has even informed me they contacted the FBI and the FBI knows about him.


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