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Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich Also Contributed To Anti-Gay GOP Candidates

Brenden_eichThe Guardian has just revealed that in addition to donating $1,000 to help ban gay marriage in California, new Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich also contributed $1000 during the early 1990s to anti-gay right-wing Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan and $2000 in the late 90s to Texas state Republican congressman Ron Paul, a man who preferred to leave gay marriage up to individual states.

The Guardian notes:

During the AIDS outbreak of 1990, Buchanan said “our promiscuous homosexuals appear literally hell-bent on Satanism and suicide”. A few years earlie he said “homosexuals have declared war on nature, and now nature is exacting an awful retribution”.

In a 2010 article on [gay marriage], Buchanan remarked that "all the great religions have condemned homosexuality and all the great nations have proscribed or punished it" and concluded: "Historically, from the late Roman Empire to Weimar, flagrant homosexuality has been associated with sick societies, decadent cultures and dying civilizations.”

Ever since news of Eich’s anti-gay California contribution has become public, there have been calls for a Mozilla boycott from both pro and anti-gay groups, calls for Eich to step down from Mozilla employees, several resignations of Mozilla board members, even as Eich continues to sidestep questions on his current stance towards same-sex marriage.

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  1. Already deleted Firefox from my system...

    Posted by: Robert M. | Apr 2, 2014 9:28:32 PM


  2. I really wonder why this guy has it in so much for the gays. Isn't it rather uncommon for someone in the tech industry to hate the LGBT community?

    Posted by: Håkon | Apr 2, 2014 9:34:51 PM


  3. "$2000 in the late 90s to Texas state Republican congressman Ron Paul, a man who preferred to leave gay marriage up to individual states."

    In fairness, that was also Obama's position when he was running for president, both times.

    Posted by: Bart | Apr 2, 2014 9:37:01 PM


  4. The absolute over-reaction by so many in the gay community about this gentleman borders on obsessive-compulsive. Get over it and get a life, folks. The constant hatred and lack of empathy towards folks like this CEO is driving gay folks like myself to want to fully distance ourselves from any connection politically to the gay community.

    Posted by: Jon | Apr 2, 2014 9:38:07 PM


  5. While those incidents date back to a long time ago I'm not surprised to hear about them and I find them relevant to the current debate.

    A person must at their core really hate gay people have gone to the trouble of donating money toward a campaign to deny us equal marriage rights. That sort of hate doesn't just spring up out of the blue.

    To want to deny fellow citizens equal rights, and to want that enough to put money toward striping them of their equal rights is about as nasty as you can get.

    Posted by: bicurious | Apr 2, 2014 9:39:47 PM


  6. "lack of empathy towards folks like this CEO"

    This Jon troll is tremendous! He does an excellent parody of the right-wingers who, after years of routinely lacking empathy for us (and our fight for gay marriage), now demand empathy for their own plight.

    Posted by: Håkon | Apr 2, 2014 9:42:40 PM


  7. So he's a conservative rethuglican. Nothing new here. That's his right to support them. But deliberately supporting a law to strip ppl' s rights that's evil.

    Posted by: matziabb | Apr 2, 2014 9:43:59 PM


  8. Håkon: "Isn't it rather uncommon for someone in the tech industry to hate the LGBT community?"

    Not in my experience. My first software boss was anti-LGBT, openly racist, and required employees to be religious. I don't know what causes he donated to, but it probably wasn't the gay pride parade. As that employment was my only chance to stay in the US with my partner (can you even imagine? we have marriage now...) that's what I did. I still need a shower just thinking about it.

    Anyway, Eich has to go. It's not 1992 any more. I remember that election very clearly and personally. He just has to go. There's no way such a person can lead Mozilla, and be the face of Firefox and Thunderbird. Since my operating system is Ubuntu, this is something Ubuntu needs to address as well.

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 2, 2014 9:51:17 PM


  9. "Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich also contributed $1000 during the early 1990s to anti-gay right-wing Republican"


    As opposed to what exactly, all those pro-gay Republicans in the early 90s?

    "and $2000 in the late 90s to Texas state Republican congressman Ron Paul, a man who preferred to leave gay marriage up to individual states."

    Oh god, the HORROR! Can you imagine? LITERALLY worse than Hitler!

    I really don't know why I continue to visit this site at all anymore. The Tumblr hashtag SJW activist vapidity is so wacky now it's actually starting to become insulting.

    Posted by: Blake | Apr 2, 2014 9:52:11 PM


  10. that is it...Mozilla! bi-bi

    Posted by: steve | Apr 2, 2014 9:54:13 PM


  11. Then don't visit anymore, Blake. What an inane comment.

    Posted by: Sergio | Apr 2, 2014 9:57:34 PM


  12. Just gross and disgusting...this pig of a man totally demonizing gay people.

    FIRE HIS A** MOZILLA

    Posted by: Killian | Apr 2, 2014 10:00:59 PM


  13. Has Mozilla decided it's not worth it to send out their paid trolls to this site anymore? Because the trolls who showed up for this are strictly amateurs.

    Now we know why he didn't want to talk about himself, we just don't yet know exactly how despicable this thug is.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Apr 2, 2014 10:04:16 PM


  14. I would very much like to stop; anyone have any suggestions for sites of similar interest that aren't stuck so far up their own sanctimonious leftist asses that they've become near self-parodies of obnoxiously dogmatic "activism"?

    Posted by: Blake | Apr 2, 2014 10:04:30 PM


  15. Blake,

    Why is it ok for you to support people that block gay people from marrying and living without discrimination. This has nothing to do with liberals or conservatives. You seem to be indecent and immoral.

    What will it take for you to see the light?

    The right way? Love and also empathy for the people.

    Learn

    Posted by: Killian | Apr 2, 2014 10:06:53 PM


  16. If you live in the NY metro area, every day at 3:00 PM WABC radio airs the crazy rantings of "Michael Savage" the most vile, hate-filled homophobic gasbag you've ever heard. If we're going to boycott something it should be WABC radio for giving air time to this homophobic bigot.

    Posted by: Jack | Apr 2, 2014 10:09:29 PM


  17. oh please. Cry harder, pussy.

    Posted by: Blake | Apr 2, 2014 10:09:48 PM


  18. Blake

    Seek help. I think you have some other issues in your life and take it out on others. You're the pussy my friend, not us.

    Posted by: Killian | Apr 2, 2014 10:10:46 PM


  19. If you are using any Mozilla product God Dam* it delete it now.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Apr 2, 2014 10:26:18 PM


  20. "Oh god, the HORROR! Can you imagine?
    LITERALLY worse than Hitler!"

    Well just because he's not worse than hitler doesn't mean we can't tell him that he is, or could be. He's entitled to his bile opinions about gays and we' re entitled to reply and tell him to go Fuchs himself.

    Posted by: matziabb | Apr 2, 2014 10:26:37 PM


  21. How can a straight man like Brendan have such a queer smile? Seems like he's trying too hard to appear straight.

    Posted by: Kev C | Apr 2, 2014 10:55:28 PM


  22. Blake wants you all to know he's sick of liberals and all the equality Liberals have been responsible. He's much happier being forced into the closet by his republican sociopathic peers. Doesn't he seem butch? And calling others "pussy." He must have a great deal of respect for women.

    Posted by: Tyler | Apr 2, 2014 11:09:00 PM


  23. This article implies the candidate Eich supported was Pat Buchanan.

    It does not get any worse than Pat Buchanan.

    "Eich also contributed $1000 during the early 1990s to anti-gay right-wing Republican presidential candidate..." Couldn't you name him? Or was this an oversight?

    Posted by: james st. james | Apr 2, 2014 11:11:29 PM


  24. followthemoney.org indicates that Eich has also previously contributed to California wingnut, Tom McClintock.

    Posted by: Retro | Apr 2, 2014 11:59:25 PM


  25. Blake

    I bet the Log Cabin Republicans have a website, and that other even more Republican gay group with a couple of members if they still exist. Maybe not so newsy though.

    Otherwise, it's pretty much gay=liberal/progressive, surprisingly enough.

    Posted by: emjayay | Apr 3, 2014 12:45:39 AM


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