Militant gays harass Mozilla–what to do?

Militant gays harass Mozilla–what to do?

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COLORADO SPRINGS, April 6, 2014 —The Twitterverse was all a-twitter Friday over the resignation of Mozilla CEO and JavaScript creator Brendan Eich, forced out because he had donated $1,000 of his own money to the pro-marriage Proposition 8 in California in 2008. The donation had nothing to do with his job but rather with his beliefs.

Tweets called for people to uninstall their Firefox browsers in protest and instead install a new browser called Pale Moon.

A tweet from @AmericnElephant was widely retweeted:


Dear @Mozilla: I’m gay & I didn’t come out of the closet so fascist leftists could force Christians INTO the closet. Shame on you!

Conservative radio host Tammy Bruce gave Mozilla and the “gay gestapo” hell for transforming the company into a “bastion of intolerance and punishment” for anyone who doesn’t conform to their ideology.

The controversy brings several issues into clear focus.

In the wake of the passage of Proposition 8, pro-gay marriage groups pressured for the release of the names of those who contributed to the campaign. Other supporters of Proposition 8 have been subjected to harassment, intimidation, vandalism, racial scapegoating, blacklisting, loss of employment, economic hardships, angry protests, violence, death threats, and anti-religious bigotry.

All this at the hands of the so-called tolerant Left.

Hans von Spakovsky writes for Heritage,

…the ability and right to engage in anonymous political speech and activity – and making contributions is a form of political speech – used to be considered common sense.  The Federalist Papers were published under pseudonyms and one of the most famous and stirring pieces of writing in American history – Thomas Paine’s Common Sense – was first published anonymously because of the danger to its author for publishing such revolutionary ideas.

This is par for the course of radical leftists everywhere. Every American should understand it. The idea is to make an example of people like Eich so that others will fall into line, or at least keep their opinions and opposition to themselves. This is how a radical and aggressive minority keep a subservient majority in line.

Historically, Americans haven’t been known as subservient. But what is the right response?

One could uninstall the Firefox browser. Windows systems come with Internet Explorer installed; Apple systems with Safari. Firefox browser share, according to The Next Web, is 18%, only 2% ahead of Google Chrome. (Tellingly, Google results for web browser share are not displaying on a Firefox browser today; all you get is a blank page.)

Browser market share

If you install Pale Moon, however, you are still installing a product based on the open source Mozilla engine. The same is true for email client Thunderbird. Both Windows and Apple systems have good email clients, as does Gmail, so Thunderbird is no more necessary than Firefox.

All that is a lot of work: is it worth the effort? Is mirror-imaging the left’s tactics the right thing to do?

Consider this: for the radical leftist, everything is political. They seek to politicize everything. Once they have politicized something, they seek to control or eliminate it. Think Big Gulp.

Perhaps the best response is to call out the childish, bullying antics of the left for what they are. Then go about your business in a rational way. Don’t avoid Starbucks because of their corporate stance on traditional marriage, avoid them because you think they over-roast their coffee. Uninstall Firefox because IE12 or even Pale Moon work better—not because they fired their talented CEO over his personal views. If that’s the way they want to run their business, they’ll fail soon enough anyway.

Let the wild-eyed left howl at the moon. You have better things to do.

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