So after many protests and an outcry from its employees, and the LGBT community, Mozilla terminated their relationship with Brendan Eich. Needless to say there have been reactions from the left and the right. I like how some people who are all for gay rights have come to Eich’s defense–stating his First Amendment rights are being trampled on. Here’s a quote 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.
Here’s the answer Andrew. No, he won’t. He’ll find another job at a tech company and will still make decent money. As far as me being interested in a tolerant and diverse society. Yeah, I’m all for diversity, but the man contributed to an organization that wants nothing more than to see gays treated like second class citizens. No, I’m not going to tolerate that bullshit. As a matter of fact we [gays/lesbians/trans/bisexuals] have been tolerant for far too long. There is a war going on and there are plenty of people who want to see us killed, stoned to death, or go to hell. To be honest, I’m sick of them and their views. Eich contributed to the PROP 8 campaign and he was called out for it. He didn’t really offer an defense for what he did, but I guess he was hoping that the controversy would just blow over. Mozilla thought otherwise…. They have to worry about their brand and their employees–especially when some of those employees began to question the company’s stance on LGBT issues. I’m sure they wouldn’t want to loose talented employees.
Another thing about Mr. Sullivan being so outraged. When Alec Baldwin went on a homophobic rant last year and threatened to ‘kill’ a paparazzo, Sullivan wanted him fired from MSNBC Well…. What about Baldwin’s First Amendment rights? Yeah… you see Andrew you cannot have it both ways. Consequently, Baldwin was fired, but I did’t see Sullivan come to Baldwin’s defense.
If Sullivan wants nothing to do with the modern gay rights movement any more, well I saw there’s the door.