Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Apr 2014 19:40 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones

Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn't live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it's because we haven't stayed true to ourselves.

We didn’t act like you'd expect Mozilla to act. We didn't move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We're sorry. We must do better.

Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He's made this decision for Mozilla and our community.

The only sensible move.

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(continued because of character limitation... it's not my character that is limited in this case, but the number of characters this blog allows you to put in a comment.) ^^

. Why? For example because the words "faggot" and "gay" are still used very frequently to put people down. And because ignorance about sexuality (I mean in general! there are still people that are ashamed about masturbation, and it's 2014! hilarious... sad...) is still wide spread. I've still not outed myself except to very few friends. I've not outed myself to my family. My dad told me as a 5 year old I should never come back home, if I turn out to be a "homo". I told him that I didn't even know what that was, because I really didn't at that age. Discrimination(in general! let's not pretend that racism is a non-issue, sometimes blacks dicriminate whites, we're all individuals, but most of us haven't truly learned that, I'm not even sure if I've successfully dropped my collectivist/group mentally myself) in society is widespread and happening at every layer. It's not only "gays" that have to learn to live with that but all minorities. Even majorities get discriminated from time to time. The cliche that the "heterosexual white man" has brought nothing but problems and wars to the world, and that "heterosexual white males" should therefore gradually be removed from all positions of power is just stupid. There are gay assholes, there are black assholes, there are white assholes, there are straight assholes, there are mentally challenged assholes, there are highly intelligent assholes, you get the picture.
In my opinion people should grow up and realize that a healthy society is all about respect for each other. If you have respect for your fellow beings, you're going to be nice to them. Be nice. Help people. Show respect. As "gay" :-) as this might sound, I really think this (being nice and respectful to every individual) is the forest that isn't seen for of the trees(differences).
I'm glad that in most western societies gays and blacks don't have to live in fear for their lifes all day, that's nice progress from earlier ages. I'm also glad that I don't have to live in Russia or African countries where being gay is a licence for being beat up or killed or discriminated in various ways.
I'd much rather deal with the remaining ignorance in western societies than being trapped in a completely ignorant and barbaric (towards gay people) society.

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acobar Member since:

In my opinion people should grow up and realize that a healthy society is all about respect for each other.

This and a dose of forgiveness or, better yet, indulgence and compassion (because there is nothing wrong on be different of the majority or, at least, should not be).

Unluckily for you, and to many others that find themselves wishing things contrary to what is usually tagged as acceptable on society, the reality strikes really hard as most of us have a long list of prejudgment about many things hidden in our "soul" that will spring out when touched and we have no other option but deal with it.

That is why I usually ask for public debates about things, because this way we can move from your particular situation to the general one and try to show others how badly some decisions may impact others, the unnecessary suffering it brings, and my bet is that most will agree as pain is a kind of feeling almost everyone can understand. This way we may shift the tone of the debate from what is acceptable to what is the impact on someone life, what is easier to deal with, it is a step to handle a practical problem and, hopefully, with time, the tensions will wear off.

I really don't see a better way to handle these situations as we have groups of people with very different views of about everything and never saw a case where purely escalating the tensions resulted on gain to society. Bridges should be keep on place.

I know it is going to be a cliché, but I had a co-worker that experienced the same kind of trouble you have with your father. On his case, it didn't end well as his father stopped to talk and refused to welcome him home. I heard different outcomes from similar cases but what I found fantastic on his case was his observation about the situation. He said, more less: "My dad was always a very nice, educated, participant and listener guy. He played with me when I was young, helped on my student duties and took care of my needs. His is also a very religious guy, that seriously think we are not going to meet on paradise, he can not understand my option. Should I stop loving him because we disagree about sexual orientation and its consequences? No way, he is, overall, a better guy than 99.99% of all human beings, I will love him to the day I die and hope that, someday, he will forgive me as much as I forgive him for all the pain we are causing to each other".

I know it is hypocrisy but, were I you and had you been lucky to have a nice dad like this guy (and myself) have, I would not talk about sexual orientation. Your father will know anyway, I think, but you both will, hopefully, have the opportunity to enjoy and share the love you have to each other.

Wish you, and all imperfect but overall good humans, a life full of happiness.

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jal_ Member since:

+1 Thanks for sharing.

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