Do you remember a long time ago when Mozilla, makers of the Firefox browser, fired their CEO Brendan Eich because he made a donation to support natural marriage? That kind of thing happens often in the software development industry. Google fires people who aren’t progressive enough. Well, it’s happened again, this time with Tripwire Interactive.
Story from Daily Wire:
The CEO of a video game developer based in Georgia is now out of the company after he tweeted his support for Texas’s pro-life law, which bans abortions once cardiac activity is detected in the baby.
“Proud of #USSupremeCourt affirming the Texas law banning abortion for babies with a heartbeat,” John Gibson, CEO of Tripwire Interactive, tweeted on Saturday. “As an entertainer I don’t get political often. Yet with so many vocal peers on the other side of this issue, I felt it was important to go on the record as a pro-life game developer.”
Tripwire Interactive released a statement on Monday evening saying that Gibson was out, effective immediately, because of the comments that he made.
“The comments given by John Gibson are of his own opinion, and do not reflect those of Tripwire Interactive as a company,” the company said. “His comments disregarded the values of our whole team, our partners and much of our broader community. Our leadership team at Tripwire are deeply sorry and are unified in our commitment to take swift action and to foster a more positive environment.”
If you ask the Tripwire “whole team” whether they were tolerant and inclusive and diverse, they would say “of course we are”. So, just keep in mind when people say these words, they don’t really mean it. They mean “agree with me, or I’ll fire you so that you can’t earn a living, and you starve and your family starves” in a fashion reminiscent of Josef Stalin.
Now, if you look at polls about abortion, you’ll see that about half the country thinks that abortion is morally wrong:
On Wednesday, Gallup released its annual poll on abortion trends. Megan Brenan’s write-up for Gallup highlights that a “Record-High 47% in U.S. Think Abortion Is Morally Acceptable.” However, there is much more to the poll, including results that are more favorable to the pro-life position that the media may not be willing to cover.
That headline is technically true. The plurality, 47 percent of respondents, who find abortion to be “morally acceptable” is indeed a record high. But it’s crucial to look to the results of those who find abortion to be “morally wrong.” That number is at 46 percent, which is nearly identical.
Last year’s results found that 44 percent said abortion was “morally acceptable,” while 47 percent said it was “morally wrong.”
So, this is a very mainstream point of view. And frankly science is on the side of people who think that unborn children are alive and fully human. What’s happened is that people who are rich and powerful have decided that it’s more important for selfish adults to be able to engage in reckless, irresponsible sex and then kill their children to keep the good times rolling. Being pro-abortion is nothing more than saying that you should be able to kill innocent people when you’re driving drunk.
Anyway, my point about this story is this. If you want to work in IT and have an opinion about policy or morality that is counter to the secular left, then you need to have an alias. Period.
I’m someone who is made very uncomfortable by having to toe the party line of the secular left. So I have two choices. I can either keep silent or I can find a way to speak out. I have found that having an alias is the best way to have a voice, while still keeping my job. I can’t afford to lose my job, because for me there is no safety net of family or community. So, I try to make myself as defensible as possible. I am aware of what happens if you cross the wrong person at work, or the wrong person at church, etc. And since I have no backup, I have to be very careful about allowing unstable people access to the means by which I earn my living.
Do you know the difference between virtue and sin? When a man is chaste, he doesn’t mind being made fun of or disagreed with or shunned. Chastity testifies to him that he is a good person. But if a person is having reckless, irresponsible sex and killing his or her own children, any disagreement or disapproval is extremely upsetting. Chastity is self-evidently good, and murdering children is self-evidently evil. So, that’s why the selfish adults band together and attack anyone who doesn’t celebrate their selfishness. They know it’s wrong, but they think they can fix the guilt by silencing anyone who doesn’t celebrate them. This is where fascism comes from.