The controversy died, but in 2014, a day after he was appointed by the board to be CEO, OKCupid notified its Firefox users they should switch browsers until Eich was dealt with, and was blunt in their antipathy to Eich: “Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure.”
By the way, in response to Eichs forced resignation, Sam Yagin (OKCupid co-founder and its CEO) gushed: "It’s a great feeling to see a company take a stand that blends its business interests and its principles and have that stand result in a series of actions that makes the world a better place." (Hilariously, a week later MJones revealed that Sam Yagin had also donated to an anti-gay Utah Republican Congressman that not only wished to ban gay marriage, but also ban adoption by gays, and ban anti-discrimination laws based on sexual orientation - the OKCupid hypocrisy having escaped notice in the press until several days AFTER Eich's forced resignation. Yagin then confessed and pleaded for mercy from the mob he had led).
Anyway, at the same time, two gay application developers (a couple) also fanned Eich outrage in their blog: "Today we were shocked to read that Brendan Eich has been appointed Mozilla CEO. As a gay couple who were unable to get married in California until recently, we morally cannot support a Foundation that would not only leave someone with hateful views in power, but will give them a promotion and put them in charge of the entire organization.
As they (and OkCupid) made clear: he had to be persecuted and driven from employment because he held "hateful views" contrary to their views.
Poppycock. I have worked the majority of my life for people who support the denial of my liberties. I (I'm white) have worked for bigoted and sexist black city managers, feminist bosses, and affirmative action (hire by your race) mongers. It has been one of the 'privileges' of working for 17 years in a deep blue California City near Berkeley, controlled by and run by a black majority city civil service and City Council, that has bathed me in the views of every anti-liberty (and anti-white) nostrum imaginable....what I know is if your CEO supported denying YOU a cherished liberty - say gun ownership if you're a 1st Amendment supporter - you WOULD object and so would customers and suppliers of your company who also cherished that liberty, and a CEO takes a huge risk by taking a position that would strip that liberty from important constituencies. It's nothing more than stating the obvious. The CEO is the public face of the company. When he takes on that role, his personal views on such issues ARE relevant.
Covered above.... The CEO is unique.
None the less, we don't persecute bosses for their private views nor for their private life - regardless of what 'executive' position they hold (at least, not since McCarthy). We don't make them sign gay-marriage loyalty oaths, try to humiliate them publicly, or politic to get them fired for a donation to a state ballot initiative.
Be reminded, everyone at Mozilla agrees that Eich was completely supportive of employees of every race, sex, and sexual orientation. Nothing in his work conduct evenly remotely suggested the vicious demonization of him as a human being...unless, of course, more than 1/2 of California voters are also "demons". (Continued)