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]: Are you serious?
by p13. on Tue 1st Apr 2014 08:05 UTC in reply to "RE: Are you serious?"
p13.
Member since:
2005-07-10

This issue is so minor that you have to revert to exaggerating in every thread.

"What if he eats babies with a spoon while watching illegal pornography on a stolen TV set?"

Is he wrong about gay marriage? IMHO, yes.
Does that mean he has anything to do with the KKK or nazi-ism? Hahaha, no ...

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RE[3]: Are you serious?
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 1st Apr 2014 08:31 in reply to "RE[2]: Are you serious?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

There is no difference between denying rights based on colour and denying rights based on sexual orientation.

So, answer my question. If he was openly racists against black people, or was openly antisemitic, would you also tell black or Jewish employees to shut up?

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RE[4]: Are you serious?
by p13. on Tue 1st Apr 2014 08:45 in reply to "RE[3]: Are you serious?"
p13. Member since:
2005-07-10

He voted on a proposition of poor taste and questionable ethics. So did many others.

I'll bite and go down the hyperbolic highway with you...

The USA is involved in many illegal wars and occupations. These are causing great grief and suffering. Much worse than any gay marriage ban.

Of course, as i'm sure you know, MANY people voted for this. Should we fire all of them?

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RE[4]: Are you serious?
by judgen on Tue 1st Apr 2014 14:30 in reply to "RE[3]: Are you serious?"
judgen Member since:
2006-07-12

There is a slight difference between race and sexual orientation though. You can choose not to act on your sexuality, but it is generally considered harder to change your skin colour by force of will.

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