Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 31st Mar 2014 23:45 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones

For the Internet community, the principles of free speech and equal rights are foundational. But in recent days, those issues are clashing at Mozilla, the nonprofit foundation and tech company behind the Firefox browser.

At issue is Brendan Eich, a co-founder of Mozilla, inventor of the much used Javascript programming language and the newly appointed CEO of the company. Eich made a $1,000 donation to the campaign for California's Proposition 8, which defined marriage as only between a man and a woman. The donation had come to light in 2012, but fizzled.

Opposing same-sex marriage is no different than opposing interracial marriage. As a Dutchman, it baffles me that an organisation like Mozilla appointed a man with such medieval ideas.

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by Tractor on Tue 1st Apr 2014 10:07 UTC
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We had an equivalent issue at national level not so long ago.

The gay community wanted to have same-sex marriage.

The truly ironic thing is that they already had it. But the problem was, it wasn't called "marriage", it had another name (basically all the same civil rights than marriage, but with another name).

But it wasn't enough for them.
So they lobbied intensively to get to their point.
When I said "they", I should be more precise. "They" doesn't include all gays; only the most vocal and powerful ones, rich, living in the center of the Capital, influential members of the power circles.

And they got to their objective, but not without spending several months explaining to all their controlled media that anyone having a different opinion as theirs was just an insane, devilish, nazi, well choose your type of low-level this-shit-has-no-right-to-speak-nor-to-breathe description. This was so nauseous that at one point, I was wondering if this was not the real objective.

Because, now that same-sex marriage is allowed, you know what ? statistics show that gay people don't marry. And that's not a surprise : remember "same sex marriage but with another name" was already allowed, and you know what ? they did not use it either.

All this gives me the feeling that we have here little else than communautarists, experiencing their power, just for fun, and taking pleasure at destroying carefully selected defenseless opponents.

If someone wants to create a brown shit and call it a "chocolate", he will get sued and lose on the ground that what he invented cannot be classified as chocolate. And that's legitimate, because what he does is "steal" the word "chocolate" from legitimate chocolate makers, which built the word and its meaning through decades of labor. If unchecked, such theft will transform the meaning of the word "chocolate" which will then be associated to "brown shit". Of course, all chocolate makers do worry about it, and they don't want to be associated with "brown shit", it will have a profound effect on their bottom line.

"Marriage" is a word that exists for centuries, and described a social relation quite well defined, with its corpus of assumptions.
One such assumption is that "marriage", by definition, apply to man-woman relationship, and is intended to describe the start of a family.
People who adhere to this ancestral idea of "marriage" do care that it remains the same.

But, well, who cares about them anyway ?
Nowadays, only commercial interests are of extreme importance.
But social ones ? pfffff...

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