Everything in red text is an UPDATE on 4/4/14 6:22 p.m. CORRECTION: The IRS leaked the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) tax records (illegal), but Brendan Eich donated directly to Prop 8, not NOM. So the IRS leaked private names to the Human Rights Campaign, but Brendan Eich’s name was not on that list. This is outrageous on so many levels, but not quite as many levels as it was last night. The IRS leaked former Mozilla CEO, Brendan Eich’s, financial donation to an anti-gay marriage organization The story has now become the routine irritant of LGBT activists intimidating individuals for supporting traditional marriage. The IRS angle added more fuel to the fire, and they have done the same before, but this time to Brenden Eich. He was forced to step down from the position that he has held for only a few days (two weeks). It became public that Eich, wait for it — donated $1,000 to the National Organization for Marriage which worked for California’s Proposition 8 Proposition 8. The information was reportedly leaked to The Human Rights Campaign. So that information is incorrect. To be clear, according to Reason, the IRS leaked only the National Organization for Marriage’s tax records, containing donors, but Eich’s name was not on that list, as he donated directly to Proposition 8, an anti-gay marriage proposition. Need I say that what the IRS has done is illegal (remains illegal)? Still. Unconstitutional? Disgusting?
When this fact first came to light in 2012, after the Internal Revenue Service leaked a copy of the National Organization for Marriage’s 2008 tax return to a gay-advocacy group, Eich, who was then CTO of Mozilla, published a post on his personal blog stating that his donation was not motivated by any sort of animosity towards gays or lesbians, and challenging those who did not believe this to cite any “incident where I displayed hatred, or ever treated someone less than respectfully because of group affinity or individual identity.” Source
The LGBT community started calling attention to Eich in 2012, yet he became the CEO of Mozilla “toward the end of March” 2014 — just a few days ago.
This weasel company, Mozilla, has the cojones to crow about their support of free speech and equality.
Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard. Source: The Mozilla Blog
Yeah, well Obama tells us everything is “hard,” “it’s so hard.” That’s just pitiful. Maybe it will be “hard” for Mozilla to find users of Firefox. Just saying. It’s called “uninstall.”
Earlier in the week, Eich said he would not step down:
“So I don’t want to talk about my personal beliefs because I kept them out of Mozilla all these 15 years we’ve been going,” he said to the Guardian, for example, yesterday. “I don’t believe they’re relevant.” Source: ReCode
Eich apparently became Mozilla, not an individual with his own personal convictions, who probably tried to get home in the evening for some family time, away from the office and a high profile job. What happens when a donation to a traditional church serves as an a reason for protest, for pressuring an employee to leave his/her job? What if Mr. Eich’s tithe (not saying he has one), and yours and mine is attacked by LGBT activists who care about their rights, but not yours or mine?
I hope he sues the IRS for invading his privacy and The Human Rights Campaign for illegally receiving the information. Too bad someone at NOM can’t or does not sue.
You’ll remember the “boycott” of Chick-fil-A. Remember Chicago mayor and Barack Obama’s former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, opined that Chick-fil-A had disrespected “our fellow neighbors,” certain in his arrogance that he spoke for all Chicaogans? He suggested that Chick-fil-A was a “bad investment” for Chicago. San Francisco echoed.
The Glitterati organized poorly attended “Kiss-Offs” “around the nation” where LGBT’s got to show “affection in public” to the few who showed up to watch the exhibition.
At a Chick-fil-A in Torrance where vandals painted the words “Tastes Like Hate” on the side of the restaurant Thursday night, the “National Same-Sex Kiss Day” was off to a slow start.
So that’s who these people are.
Couples sent in photos of themselves kissing at restaurants around the nation to various gay-rights websites. But the protests appeared to draw far fewer people than an event earlier this week in support of the chicken chain.
Huge crowds turned out Wednesday in a show of support for company President Dan Cathy, who ignited a national debate by publicly expressing his opposition to same-sex marriage. Critics have also said the company supports causes harmful to gays and lesbians.
The Chick-fil-A family hired gays and lesbians and in no way discriminated, but they donated to whom they wished, as we all should do. I don’t like boycotts, but this invasion of our privacy by the IRS, and Mozilla’s support of it, is beyond the pale. Really, we cannot, must not, let it go unaddressed.
The story now boils down to Mozilla promoting Brendan Eich, or shareholders voting him in – whatever, with the controversy swirling months before, and then canning him (as in pressuring him)
On Thursday, Brendan Eich, who has helped develop some of the web’s most important technologies, resigned under pressure as chief executive of Mozilla, the maker of the popular Firefox web browser, just two weeks after taking the job. The reason? In 2008, he donated $1,000 in support of Proposition 8, a California measure that banned same-sex marriage. Source: New York Times
Congratulations America, we are all Venezuela, Cuba and China now (No correction needed, we are still Venezuela, Cuba and China when it comes to our privacy.) Doug Ross has more, including Boehner and Issa’s cover for Obama.
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