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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RE[2]: Medieval ideas
by subterrific on Tue 1st Apr 2014 06:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Medieval ideas"
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You don't see a connection between his actions to repress a group of people and his position of power over people in that group? Really?

I see a lot of opinions in this thread from people who seem to not understand the gravity of Prop 8 or what it is like to be denied equal treatment under the law.

Worst case what Brendan did is bigotry. Best case it is arrogance and lack of empathy. Either way he can't be trusted.

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RE[3]: Medieval ideas
by Morgan on Tue 1st Apr 2014 11:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Medieval ideas"
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You don't see a connection between his actions to repress a group of people and his position of power over people in that group? Really?

That's my only real concern with this issue (and it doesn't affect me personally, just observing from afar). I don't agree with his juvenile attitude towards homosexuality and same sex marriage; I think he needs to grow up and realize his isn't the only point of view that matters. And maybe he has; does anyone know if he's supported the anti-gay movement since then?

Anyway, if the guy still believes that gay = second class citizen, then yes, I'd be a little afraid of working for him if I were gay. But I think people should see what kind of CEO he will be before trying to take his job. He may be a raging asshole...but then so are many CEOs, past, present, and future. If he starts letting his prejudices affect the company, then the company itself will take care of it. If not, and he keeps his personal views separate from work, then I don't see an issue.

All that said, I still think anyone who tries to impede basic human rights based on religious or personal views is a dick, and that includes this guy.

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