LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2014— First, Duck Dynasty. Now, Mozilla.
Events this week have illustrated once again that the liberal creed of “Tolerance for Thee, but Not for Me” is alive and well, after the matchmaking website Ok Cupid attacked Firefox Mozilla’s CEO Brendan Eich for a small donation he made to California’s Prop. 8 campaign more than five years ago.
The protest comes just three months after the Duck Dynasty TV series came under attack when the show’s patriarch Phil Robertson expressed his stance on traditional marriage. Gay activists urged A&E television to cancel the series. Shortly after, Cracker Barrel was urged to remove Duck Dynasty merchandise from its 600 locations.
Who could have predicted this?
During the historic Prop. 8 campaign, we made numerous predictions which have all come to fruition. As the official spokeswoman for Prop. 8 – and someone whose salary was paid for in part by Brendan Eich’s donation – I was ridiculed daily for those predictions in the press. I recall being vilified by Hollywood, Perez Hilton, Code Pink and liberal activists, to name a few. I was called all manner of names and so were our supporters. But I knew in my heart that the campaign we were waging was honest and what we were saying was true. Sure enough, five years down the line everything we predicted has come true. And I mean everything.
For example, we predicted that sex education curriculum including gay marriage curriculum would be forced upon children as young as kindergarten – just as it had in Massachusetts after the passage of gay marriage in that State. The California Education code requires that sex education curriculum be presented in 96% of California public schools – making it very difficult for parents to send their children to a school where this curriculum is not being displayed. We also predicted that businesses such as bridal boutiques, wedding photographers and bakeries would be sued. And sure enough, they have.
In New Mexico, a wedding photographer has been sued for declining to take on a gay client. Just yesterday, in a similar move to the Prop. 8 case, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear this free-speech case – leaving to stand a lower-court ruling against the photographer’s right to refuse service. In Washington state, Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts was also sued for declining to provide flowers for a gay wedding. In Colorado, a judge has actually ordered that a local bakery must serve cakes at a gay wedding against their wishes. And in Oregon, a family-owned bakery called Sweet Cakes by Melissa had to close its doors after it declined a gay wedding because it violated their religious beliefs. That family was forced to close the doors of their bakery due to aggressive picketing that interfered with their daily business and reportedly feared for their safety and even received death threats on their young children’s lives. So much for tolerance from a group of activists who claim to be so much about “love.”
What’s worse, this week’s firestorm against Mozilla’s CEO seems to come amid the left’s second-favorite theme in politics: hypocrisy. It was revealed late yesterday by Mother Jones magazine that although his company began those vicious attacks against Brenden Eich at Mozilla, OK Cupid’s co-founder and CEO Sam Yagan (who is also the CEO of Match.com) has now been outed as himself having donated to an anti-gay candidate in Utah – a representative who has long-supported a ban on gay marriage and even a ban on gay adoption – far beyond what Prop. 8 advocated. Hypocrisy at its finest.
As for the unfortunate heat against Mozilla, I will say this: I was happy to see Silicon Valley legends such as Netscape browser co-founder Marc Andreessen stand up for Brandon Eich. I had the privilege to live and work in Silicon Valley in the mid-2000’s during my time in California and to meet Andreessen – one of the fathers of the Internet – and I can tell you firsthand that Silicon Valley has long prided itself (no pun intended) on freedom of speech and a free-flowing exchange of information.
Ask anyone in Silicon Valley and they will tell you they are “fiscal conservatives but social liberals.” Yet at the end of the day even if they disagreed with you, these inventors and venture capitalists and entrepreneurs would fiercely protect your right to say it, type it, blog it, then transmit it over the Internet. And that’s the difference between far-left progressives and fair-minded people today: fair-minded people may disagree with what you have to say, but will agree with your right to say it. And in most cases, to be able to keep your job or simply run your business while doing so.
Gay activists can’t expect to have their wedding cake and eat it, too; meaning, if they ask tolerance of us, they must return that very tolerance in kind. Our Constitution guarantees liberty for all – and that includes religious liberty. If only liberals lived up to the tolerance they once preached. If only.
Jennifer Kerns served as the communications director and spokesperson for Prop. 8 and now writes on the topic of religious liberty in America.