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The Liberal Bigots Strike Again


April 11, 2014 by Chip Wood




The Liberal Bigots Strike Again
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If you support the traditional view that marriage should be between a man and a woman, could that cost you your job?

The intolerant left says the answer to that question is a loud and emphatic “Yes!”

Their latest victim is Brendan Eich, an inventor of JavaScript and the co-founder of the Web browser Firefox.

Back in 2008, Eich donated $1,000 to the campaign for Proposition 8 in California, a ballot measure that said, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

Recently, when Eich was named CEO of Mozilla, the company that oversees Firefox, that 6-year-old contribution cost him his job.

We’re told that half of Mozilla’s board of directors resigned to protest Eich’s appointment.

But that leads to a question: If half the board opposed him, how the heck did he get the job?

The wireless company Credo Mobile launched an online petition demanding that Eich either renounce his beliefs or resign. The petition quickly acquired nearly 75,000 signatures.

OKCupid, a popular online dating service, urged its followers to boycott Firefox to protest Eich’s selection.

The company posted a letter denouncing the CEO, stating:

“Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame and frustration are our enemies and we wish them nothing but failure.”

Those are pretty harsh words against a person who, in 15 years at Mozilla, had never been accused of demonstrating any prejudice against gay employees — or anyone, for that matter.

In one of his few statements on the subject, Eich said:

“I don’t want to talk about my personal beliefs because I kept them out of Mozilla all these 15 years we’ve been going. I don’t believe they’re relevant.”

How he performed on the job didn’t matter to the gay and lesbian brigade. They wanted his scalp. And they got it.

After Eich agreed to resign, Mozilla Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker issued a statement that said in part, “We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.”

So forcing someone to resign because of a private donation made more than six years ago is how you demonstrate that you’ve “stayed true to” yourself?

Remember, not a single person claims that Eich did anything on the job to demonstrate any kind of anti-gay bias. By all accounts, he was scrupulously fair to everyone.

And bear in mind that, at the time, most of the public said they agreed with him that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Proposition 8 passed easily in California, one of the most liberal States in the Nation, although it was later overturned by the courts. It won the support of a substantial majority of blacks and Hispanics.

In fact, let me mention two prominent Americans who also opposed same-sex marriage back in 2008: Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama. Of course, both now claim that they’ve had a change of heart.

More than 35,000 people donated to the campaign for Proposition 8. Thanks to a court ruling, the names of all the contributors — and in some cases, their addresses and the name of their employers — have been made public.

I wonder how many more will become targets of angry and intolerant gays.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas warned of this possibility four years ago. In a 2010 dissent to a court decision requiring such disclosure, he wrote:


"I cannot endorse a view of the First Amendment that subjects citizens of this Nation to death threats, ruined careers, damaged or defaced property, or pre-emptive and threatening warning letters as the price for engaging in “core political speech,” the “primary object of First Amendment protection.”

Not every gay person agrees with the angry intolerance Eich witnessed. Andrew Sullivan, a well-known gay-rights activist, wrote:


"If we cannot live and work alongside people with whom we deeply disagree, we are finished as a liberal society.

What we have here is a social pressure to keep your beliefs deeply private for fear of retribution. We are enforcing another sort of closet on others. I can’t believe the fanaticism.

Just how bad will could this latest form of bigotry get? On Sunday, during an appearance on ABC News’ “This Week,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said what we’re witnessing is the left’s “new fascism.”

He warned:

This is just the most open and blatant example of the new fascism, which says, “If you don’t agree with us 100 percent, we have the right to punish you unless you’re like Hillary and Barack Obama and you recant.

I think the question I’d ask yourself is: Are you willing to live in an open and tolerant society, or do you have to impose your views at the cost of people’s jobs?

One of the most ironic statements on the controversy came from the gay-rights organization GLAAD. President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said: “Mozilla’s strong statement in favor of equality today reflects where corporate America is: inclusive, safe and welcoming to all.”

Yes, the GLAAD’s leader actually said “welcoming to all.” What she meant, of course, was welcoming to everyone who will march in lockstep with GLAAD. If you dare to disagree with the gay rights brigade and they find out about it, watch out. They’ll go after you, your family, your job and your employer.

If you’re a Christian photographer who’d prefer to not to cover a gay wedding, they’ll go to court and force you to do so. If you’re a baker who has religious objections to a gay marriage, you’d better not decline to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple or you might get sued.

It seems that it is only traditionalists who must demonstrate “tolerance” these days. Apparently, the gay-rights activists can be as bigoted and intolerant as they want.

Welcome to the Brave New World of America in 2014. If you don’t like it, you’d better do something about it.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

–Chip Wood

Note from the Editor: Under the Obama Administration, the NSA, the IRS, and the State and Justice departments are blatantly stepping on Americans’ privacy—and these are just the breaches we’re aware of.


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sebekm commented on Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 14:23 PM

The opposing view was articulated by Ross Douthat in his NY Times opinion piece from April 8th, to wit:

"....pluralism is not a one-way street: If you want (as I do) a culture where Catholic schools and hospitals and charities are free to be Catholic, where evangelical-owned businesses don’t have to pay for sterilizations and the days-after pill, where churches and synagogues and mosques don’t have to worry about their tax-exempt status if they criticize “sexual modernity,” you also have to acknowledge the rights of non-religious institutions of all sorts to define their own missions in ways that might make an outspoken social conservative the wrong choice for an important position within their hierarchies."

See: http://douthat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014...

I think a much better demonstration of left-wing bigotry is the recent case where Brandeis University rescinded an offer of an honorary degree to a woman who is an outspoken critic of RADICAL Islam. (I make a distinction between "radical" Islam and the rest of Islam - as does the former honorary degree recipient and most of the civilized world.) See:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014...

timeontarget commented on Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 15:23 PM

Thanks I have read both pieces and I hope all of our fellow bloggers will do likewise.

timeontarget commented on Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 15:26 PM

Hirsi Ali, a former member of the Dutch Parliament who has spoken out against female genital mutilation and honor killings, is known as a defender of women’s rights in Islamic societies.

She has come under criticism for remarks about Islam. In a 2007 interview with Reason magazine, Hirsi Ali was quoted as saying “there is no moderate Islam” and that Islam needed to be defeated

JimmyMack commented on Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 17:07 PM

Moderate Muslims do exist: Kareem Jabbar, Cat Stephens, Ahmad Rashaad, Muhammed Ali, Hakeem Olajawan, and many other Muslims that attend Moderate Mosques.

However, Radical Islamic Fundamentalism is a Cancer that is rejected by informed and faithful Muslims. Radical Islamic Fundamentalism worships Death, while most of the Western Religions recognize the sanctity of human life.

JimmyMack commented on Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 12:19 PM

@Tot: Also looks like you have found some people of like narrow mind to join your coffee group!

It is good to widen the circle.

timeontarget commented on Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 15:12 PM

sebekm, I guess the statement she was quoted as saying in 2007 in the interview with Reason magazine about "there is no moderate Islam" is the reason the school decided to withdraw the Honorary Degree.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 13:49 PM

You would think that they knew about that before they offered her the honorary degree. The way the renege went down makes it look like the university caved to political correctness.

But speaking of correctness - I think she is absolutely correct: There is no moderate Islam. The religion teaches total commitment - all or nothing. This is why the radicals have some cover in the religious teachings. But what she didn't say was that "all of Islam is radical." That's different than saying "there is no moderate Islam."

timeontarget commented on Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 15:25 PM

A long time ago I asked my son to explain to me the difference between Christians and Muslims.

His immediate answer was. " Dad basically they believe as Christians, such as you should not steal or lie and you should honor God and so forth," then he paused and said "but they believe unlike Christians that if they encounter someone who is not Muslim that they are bound to destroy that individual, while Christians believe in Freedom of Religion"

That is what I have been led to believe. Hopefully I am not misinformed.

sebe thanks for your input.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 18:05 PM

Here's a pretty good comparison:

http://www.religionfacts.com/christia...

timeontarget commented on Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 at 06:25 AM

sebekm this is very interesting and I am having to take time to study it.

I appreciate you posting this link.

I'm moving it to my "favorites" so that I can continue to dig into it.


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