Mozilla experienced an extremely high level of negative customer feedback on Friday the day after they forced Brendan Eich to hit the bricks. On Friday, the feedback showed 94% of respondents were “sad” verses 6% “happy.” As of this writing, it’s 91% “sad” verses 9% happy.
The comments on the Mozilla webpage are blistering: “Now that you have had time to think this over, do you continue to believe that a company committed to tolerance and diversity should fire people who make private political contributions you disagree with?” one sad face asked.The results, thus far, indicate that even people who support gay marriage, are appalled by Mozilla’s fascist impulses. As the Chick-Fil-A dust-up proved a couple of years ago – when the gay mafia starts pushing too hard, the silent majority pushes back harder.
Nothing says “wide diversity of views” and “culture of openness” quite like nailing boards over the window to the company press office while thousands of disgusted users uninstall its products! You’d think our champions of tolerance would beeager to discuss the wonderful thing they just did. Come on, guys, polish up those jackboots and give us a victory parade! Brendan Eich even co-authored a book you could burn at the climax of your frenzied celebration.
You’re quite right to call that blog post from Mitchell Baker “Orwellian,” although it probably seems less bizarre to her fellow fascists and useful idiots. Totalitarians are always eager to steal the language of freedom. That’s why “tolerance” now means blacklists, and “diversity” means conformity. At the far end of that ideological crime spree lie “democratic elections” in which the dear leadership wins 100 percent of the vote, with 105 percent of precincts reporting.
There’s been some talk in these quarters about Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s McCutcheon dissent, in which he inverts the First Amendment to become protection for the “collective” (which he means in the Communist sense: the inescapable entirety of the people) against individual dissenters with dangerous ideas. Breyer merely put a scholarly veneer on the ugly totalitarian sentiments expressed by Mozilla when they gave Brendan Eich the heave-ho. The “collective” interest in freedom of speech is served by gagging people with dangerous ideas, as defined by the wise and benevolent masters of the collective. Tolerance for everyone… except of course those ruled intolerant, who cannot be tolerated on the long march to tolerance. Joyous diversity must be policed by enforcers who tackle and handcuff narrow thoughts.
Kevin D. Willianson, NRO: The Liberal Gulag: The Brendan Eich case brings out the nature of liberal fascism.
The Left should be feeling, at the very least, ashamed. As Andrew Sullivan noted, its crusade for absolute conformity with and submission to some version of virtue as understood by its members calls to mind the worst tendencies of the old Religious Right, even if those tendencies mostly existed in the imagination of Andrew Sullivan. The intellectual stultification on display is remarkable. The Left’s most energetic foot soldiers today are MFA dropouts who are too stupid to tell a genuine Sarah Palin quote from a Tina Fey line and spend their idle afternoons (one gets the feeling there is a surplus of them) sharing Snopes-discredited political memes on Facebook and discussing last night’s Jon Stewart show. The bovine instincts of the stampeding herd that surrounded Miss Timpf would embarrass anybody capable of embarrassment. Being on the wrong side of two First Amendment issues at the same time ought to be cause for some critical examination among our so-called progressives, but their omphaloskepsistic contemplation of the unrivaled virtue they perceive in themselves protects their intellects, such as they are, from the discomfort of contact with noncomformist ideas.
Which is, of course, what this is all about. Bakers and photographers are to be locked in cages if they hold the wrong views on same-sex marriage; pundits and scholars are to be locked in cages if they hold the wrong views on global warming; actual criminals who break the law and abuse their official trust in the service of punishing nonconformist ideas enjoy official protection from an increasingly lawless administrative state. The words “progressive lynch mob” sound strange only to those unfamiliar with the career of Senator Rebecca Latimer Felton.
Jack Cashill, The American Thinker: What Mozilla Has Taught Us:
Fascist mobs routinely reduce the most decent of opponents to cruel stereotypes and demand their exclusion from polite society.
As is often the case with such mobs, there is a certain selectivity about who should be punished. Although he did not support Proposition 8 per se, then-Senator Barack Obama paved the way to its passage when he told Rick Warren’s California congregation in August 2008, “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian, it’s also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.” Black voters, who turned out in record numbers to support Obama, voted overwhelmingly for the amendment and made victory possible.
“Mr. Eich,” lectures the sanctimonious Oremus, “right now we’re in a world where you have to not be a bigot if you want to be an effective leader of an organization like Mozilla.” Should that same standard not be applied to the president of the United States? The craven Obama did not “evolve” out of his “sacred union” position until 2012, when the polls told him it was safe to do so.
The Christian-led civil rights movement took decades of patient appeals to biblical and constitutional principles before it prevailed. Although its leaders suffered mightily along the way, they eventually persuaded America that it was both un-Christian and unconstitutional to deny people full human rights based on their race.
The “marriage equality” movement has made no such case, because it has no such case. It has no grounding in the Constitution. It defies the very tenets of Christianity. And its leaders have suffered little more than the occasional unkind tweet. To throw out empty clichés like “marriage equality” or insulting jibes like “The Bible also says that eating shellfish is an abomination” shows just how intellectually bankrupt the movement is.