Rightbloggers Defend Mozilla CEO Eich -- Not For Free Speech, But Against Gays

tomt200.jpgLast week, under pressure from employees and board members who did not approve of his 2008 donation to promote California's anti-gay-marriage Proposition 8, Brendan Eich, the new CEO of software company Mozilla, left the post and the company.

We hate to see anyone lose his job but, as we reflect whenever a CEO, cabinet secretary, or other high-ranking rich person is forced from office, Eich is much less likely to suffer and much more likely to find new employment than most of us would be if we were canned.

As it turned out, he is also much more likely to be wept over by rightbloggers -- who are not normally too bothered when someone gets fired (it's creative destruction!), but who made an exception for Eich because he was, in their view, a martyr to the "gaystapo."

It would appear that Mozilla (and maybe Eich) made a calculation about what was best for the company. You would think rightbloggers would accept and approve this, for normally they would deny our captains of industry nothing, including the power to fire a CEO or anyone else. Yet the brethren wept with outrage, because Eich's ouster was not normal corporate hurly-burly, they said, but the purge of a politically incorrect martyr by America's new homosexual overlords.

Eich, formerly Mozilla's chief technology office, made his $1000 donation to the fight against gay marriage in 2008. People have known about this since 2012 at least, but it became a big deal when Mozilla boosted him from CTO to CEO. Apparently a number of Mozilla employees are gay or have gay friends or just don't approve of depriving gay people of their right to marry.

Gays beat up Obama to make him gay, but Brendan Eich said no so gay Hitler, basically. (Via)
These employees complained publicly and -- this is big -- three members of the Mozilla board quit. One of them, former Mozilla CEO John Lilly, told the New York Times he quit "rather than appoint [Eich]."

We never got our MBA, but this sure does sound like a management crisis to us, and the disposal of Eich sounds like a businesslike response. Business magazines like Inc. treated it as such. But rightbloggers saw it as a civil rights issue.

Which is strange, isn't it? Some rightbloggers may somewhere exist who have complained when, for example, Christian company WorldVision banned gay-married employees from its service, or the Boy Scouts prohibited gay scoutmasters, or Senate Republicans withheld the job of head of the DOJ Civil Rights Department from Debo Adegbile largely because he'd supported Mumia Abu-Jamal. (In fact, rightbloggers were more likely to find Adegbile's rejection "Justice Served," as the Washington Free Beacon put it, and be on the lookout for, as National Review's Jonathan Keim put it, "The Next Debo Adegbile" to reject.) But we're hard-pressed to find them.

In this case, however, the CEO's ouster over gay rights was to them an outrage. In fact, John Hinderaker of Power Line thought it was "something new in our history, as far as I know" -- not that someone would be kept out of a job because he had unorthodox beliefs (as we've seen, that's not unprecedented) but because "a corporate officer has been driven out of a company because he holds unpopular political views." He wasn't just some little scoutmaster -- he was rich!

Hinderaker found this "a harbinger of things to come," and added, "The Left is mobilized and on the march, and has no intention of taking any prisoners. Anyone who thinks some kind of accommodation or compromise can be reached with these people is mistaken. They are vicious bullies, and must be dealt with accordingly."

The Left? We thought Eich was pushed out by his own company, not by the Third International.

Well, this was a common conflation: The actions of a corporation were, in this unique situation, generally confused with the actions of liberals everywhere (and also homosexuals -- but then, what's the difference?).

Ace of Spades ruminated darkly on "the left's sudden embrace of Progressive-themed fascism," and claimed "the Unleashed Left is also calling for 'global warming deniers' to be prosecuted for manslaughter." He was talking about one guy, Adam Weinstein at Gawker, who is apparently now in charge of The Left's climate change division. Michael Mann will be pissed!

"I'm beginning to think that the only thing the left found wrong with the 1950s blacklists was that they were aimed at... the left," sniffed Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit. "Pink Mafia claims another scalp... Chalk another win up for the intolerant left," snarled Weasel Zippers. "Why are they called 'homofascists'? Here's why," J. Matt Barber prefaced his ravings at Renew America. "This is the culture of the left not being satisfied with making an argument or even prevailing in an argument, but in destroying personally and marginalizing people who oppose it," said Charles Krauthammer.

"The hatred and the bigotry and the intolerance here is all on the side of the fascists on the left!" said Rush Limbaugh" "Brendan Eich has been the first straight guy forced to fall on his sword at the behest of the LGBT Mullahs," said Brendan McNeill of A Conservative Perspective.

"Having won the battle in California, the sore winners are roaming the battlefield with bayonets and taking no prisoners," said the editors of National Review. They were speaking not of the members of the Mozilla board, but of "the nation's full-time gay-rights professionals" who "simply will not rest until a homogeneous and stultifying monoculture is settled upon the land" with a "lynch mob... the gay agenda of the moment is, ironically enough, to force nonconformists into the metaphorical closet." If you thought the closet gag was funny, get this: "It is one of history's little ironies that some of our current batch of prim-faced, puritanical, intolerant, and miserable thought police call themselves, of all things, 'gay,' something they manifestly are not." Nothing in there about Adam and Steve, alas.

"This is the emerging face of gay-rights activism: hateful, intolerant, illiberal, persecutorial," cried Rod Dreher at The American Conservative. "They're not going to stop at Brendan Eich. Because error has no rights, nor do people who hold to it." Also, when a member of the board of the gay-marriage-unfriendly WorldVision resigned last week because, she said, "I disagreed with the decision to exclude gay employees who marry," Dreher assumed it was "under pressure from gay rights activists." Because why else would anyone oppose such a policy, except out of fear?

Bryan Preston of PJ Media trumped them all, though.

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