Derek Hunter

Mozilla, the company that makes the web browser Firefox, committed the only unforgivable sin progressives have – it hired someone who didn’t toe the progressive line to be its CEO. Uniformity of thought is the new black, and a straying from that plantation lands you on the new blacklist. That’s where Brendan Eich finds himself now for daring to stray from the progressives’ plantation on gay marriage.

How did Eich stray? Did he take to the streets, shout from the mountaintop, or even take an active role in a campaign? No, he wrote a check, for all of $1,000, to support the campaign in favor of California’s Proposition 8 – the gay marriage ban which was supported overwhelmingly by voters. Not to have gays rounded up and killed or put in camps (those are progressive traits), or even to have homosexuality outlawed, but simply to not change the definition of marriage to fit the political flavor of the moment.

Eich had no intention of changing Mozilla’s corporate policy toward gays, but that didn’t matter. Tolerance isn’t enough. As Erick Erickson put it, "You will be made to care."

After weeks of badgering, and only weeks in his new job, the pressure on Mozilla become too much and Eich resigned. Another scalp claimed for thinking "wrongly" according to the tolerance crowd.

How did this even become an issue when the vote on Prop 8 took place in 2008? How did a man most people have never heard of become the focus of a nationwide campaign to deny him his job for thinking differently? A dating website.

The website OkCupid posted a letter that appeared only when users accessed the site using Firefox as its browser that said, "Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid."

It continues with a lie about Eich wanting to make gay relationships "illegal," because why let the truth stand in the way of an agenda? And it concludes, "OkCupid is for creating love. Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure."

It reads pretty much the same in its original German.


Derek Hunter

Derek Hunter is Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist. You can also stalk his thoughts 140 characters at a time on Twitter.