Mr. Eich has been associated with the Mozilla Corporation since 2005. Before that he was with the non-profit Mozilla Foundation. On March 24, 2014, Eich became the CEO of Mozilla Corporation.
On April 3, 2014, Eich stepped down as CEO. In a personal blog post, Eich stated, “under the present circumstances, I cannot be an effective leader.”
The reason for his short tenure as CEO? In 2008 Eich had donated $1,000 to the campaign for California Proposition 8. There was some controversy on social media when the contribution was revealed in March 2012.
But when Mr. Eich was appointed CEO of the Mozilla Corporation three of Mozilla Corporation’s five directors resigned after Eich’s appointment. The Wall Street Journal reported that this resignation was done in protest of Eich’s political views.
The Foundation disputed this however, stating that the board members had “a variety of reasons. Two of the board members had been planning to leave for some time, one since January and one explicitly at the end of the CEO search, regardless of the person selected.”
In the public debate that ensued, some called for a boycott of the company. A number of Mozilla employees asked him to step down, while others spoke out on their blogs in his favor.
Nevertheless, Brendan Eich who had devoted the last fifteen or so years to Mozilla was out as CEO after a mere ten days. His case is the epitome of the new totalitarianism of the left. ‘If you’re not in lockstep with our views then we’ll force you out.’
If Brendan Eich’s case was isolated then we wouldn’t be highlighting it. But it isn’t. The forces of the left have become intolerant of their political and philosophical opponents.
Lawrence Summers at Harvard
Let’s take the case of Lawrence Summers, a card-carrying liberal who was hounded from the Presidency of Harvard University in 2006 for expressing a truth that offended many of the members of the Harvard faculty.
Summers is an eminent economist who has worked in and out of government his entire life. In 2001 he was appointed as the President of Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D in economics.
In January 2005, at a Conference on Diversifying the Science & Engineering Workforce sponsored by the National Bureau of Economic Research, Summers sparked controversy with his discussion of why women may have been underrepresented “in tenured positions in science and engineering at top universities and research institutions”.
…in the special case of science and engineering, there are issues of intrinsic aptitude, and particularly of the variability of aptitude, and that those considerations are reinforced by what are in fact lesser factors involving socialization and continuing discrimination.
Summers’ comments provoked a firestorm of criticism. Summers’s protégée Sheryl Sandberg, has defended him saying that “Larry has been a true advocate for women throughout his career” at the World Bank and Treasury.
Sandberg said of the lunch talk:
What few seem to note is that it is remarkable that he was giving the speech in the first place – that he cared enough about women’s careers and their trajectory in the fields of math and science to proactively analyze the issues and talk about what was going wrong.
In other words, Summers highlighted what he perceived as a problem only to be forced to resign from the Presidency of Harvard. The controversy had gone on for over a year with two votes of censure by the Harvard faculty.
The new totalitarians of the left couldn’t even allow one of their own to express the truth even in an academic setting. Like the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland, it was “off with his head.”
The Chick-fil-A Controversy
It seems that the latest liberal test is related to the issue of same-sex marriage. On a state-by-state basis the proponents of same-sex marriage have taken people to court because they won’t photograph a same-sex ‘marriage’ ceremony or cater the affair.
I have a feeling that they have gone out of their way to choose religious conservatives as their targets. These committed people who oppose same-sex ‘marriage’ are almost guaranteed to refuse to provide their services.
Proving that no one is immune to attack, in 2012 the fast food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A became embroiled in the same-sex ‘marriage’ and LGBT rights controversies.
The chain which is owned by the WinShape Foundation, a charitable endeavor of Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy and his family, had made millions in donations to political organizations which oppose LGBT rights. They also supported a number of pro- marriage organizations.
As the media began to cover the stories, various LGBT and same-sex ‘marriage’ groups began to protest at Chick-fil-A locations. These protests sparked counter-protests supporting the chain and their right to support whom they chose.
The controversy came to a head on June 16, 2012, while on the syndicated radio talk show Chick-fil-A president and chief operating officer (COO) Dan Cathy stated:
I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage’. I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.
In reaction the mayors of Boston and Chicago, both liberal Democrats, threatened to exclude the chain from building new restaurants in their cities. The mayor of San Francisco fell into line with his fellow mayors.
There were protests on college campuses across the country. In August 2012, gunman attempted to enter the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the Family Research Council, carrying 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches, a 9 mm handgun and a box of ammunition.
He shot a security guard in the left arm, and following his arrest he told police that he wanted to use the sandwiches to:
…make a statement against the people who work in that building … and with their stance against gay rights and Chick-fil-A”,and that he planned “to kill as many people as I could … then smear a Chicken-fil-A [sic] sandwich on their face.
Sales soared following the controversy. Sales increased “12 percent, to $4.6 billion, in 2012. In September 2012, The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) announced that Chick-fil-A has “ceased donating to organizations that promote discrimination, specifically against LGBT civil rights.”
According to the TCRA, Chick-fil-A officials stated in an internal document that they “will treat every person equally, regardless of sexual orientation.”
According to Focus on the Family web site, CitizenLink.com, “Chick-fil-A and its charitable-giving arm, the WinShape Foundation, did not agree to stop making donations to groups that support the biblical definition of marriage in exchange for being allowed to open a franchise in Chicago.”