After growing controversy over revelations that he had donated money in support of California’s anti gay marriage law Proposition 8, newly appointed Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has announced that he will resign. Push back against Eich was spearheaded in large part by the online dating site OKCupid, who encouraged users to boycott Mozilla’s Firefox browser. A high profile scalp-taking for the ideological movement indeed, but also a chilling example of the slippery-slope implications at the heart of all matters concerning gay marriage.
Andrew Sullivan pointed out the dangers of this sort of politically correct neo-McCarthyism run amuck:
“Will he now be forced to walk through the streets in shame?” Sullivan asked. “Why not the stocks? The whole episode disgusts me – as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society. If this is the gay rights movement today – hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else – then count me out. If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us.”
Why stop here? Why not drag Eich out into the streets and parade him around for all to point and gawk at? Why not make him affix a scarlet H (for homophobia!) to his garments? Why not force him to get gay married to a gay guy? Why not literally murder him and chop up his body then have sex with the pieces of his body outside the traditional bounds of matrimony as defined in the Bible between one man a woman? Where do these liberals and their increasing obsession with equal rights end?
Much like liberals’ devotion to atheism, which has taken on the fervor of the most orthodox religions, and is definitely the same exact thing, the gay marriage movement has become strictly dogmatic, with no room for deviation from the norm. As Breitbart’s Warner Todd Huston astutely pointed out, “It seems that the only ‘freedom of speech’ valued by Mozilla is that of gay activists. Religious people need not apply.”
Straight people need not apply for any jobs anymore at the rate this thing is going. How long before it’s illegal to even think about heterosexual love-making for the purposes of procreation?
This shouldn’t be a surprise. We should have seen this coming all along ever since the gay marriage movement began picking up steam. This is the natural end result. A man can’t even donate money to a cause meant to dehumanize and devalue other citizens anymore without people complaining about it.
When a longstanding culture-wide consensus of a bedrock societal institution is changed like this, as the Boston Globe’s Jeff Jacoby has written, “especially one as entwined with moral values and social attitudes as marriage — it is naive or disingenuous to claim that even more extreme changes won’t follow.”
But if we’re cutting off a citizen’s right to express their religiously held beliefs, who’s to say that we will stop at gay marriage? What’s next? Will we start hounding and harassing CEOs who express opposition to polygamy? Bestiality? What about a CEO who donates funds to a law that opposes a man’s right to marry a refrigerator with a smiley face drawn on it in lipstick?
Opponents of Eich’s comments should be wary of the type of precedent this is setting. How long before we’re chasing a businessman out of town for donating to anti-miscegenation laws, or for serving on the board of an anti-suffrage group? Are we comfortable shouting down and silencing a citizen who believes the Sun revolves around the Earth? What about CEO pedophiles? Can they not exercise free speech anymore too?
“This is particularly depressing to me because the tech industry has generally been fairly open-minded. I wouldn’t have expected this from them,” one commenter on Sullivan’s piece chimed in. He’s right. There’s nothing open-minded about stamping down a citizen’s pure and honest opposition to another group’s basic humanity. It just doesn’t make sense.