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NOM Calls For Boycott of Mozilla, Pushes False Claims of 'McCarthy-esque Witch Hunt' to Oust Eich

The National Organization for Marriage is urging gay marriage opponents to remove Firefox from their computers in response to Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich’s controversial resignation on Thursday, The Washington Post reports:

EichThe National Organization for Marriage said in a statement that the exit of CEO Brendan Eich on Thursday -- Eich resigned amidst pressure over his contributions to the 2008 ballot measure outlawing gay marriage in California -- resulted from a "McCarthy-esque witch hunt."

“When Brendon Eich made his modest contribution to support Proposition 8, Barack Obama was on the ballot as a candidate who said he believed marriage was the union of one man and one woman," NOM president Brian Brown said. "Now Eich has been the target of a vicious character attack by gay activists who have forced him out of the company he has helped lead for years."

Eich’s resignation has even been a point of contention among some gay rights supporters, with Andrew Sullivan saying Eich had been "scalped" by gay activists and Bill Maher blaming it on a "gay mafia" of sorts.

Markos Moulitsas offers a levelheaded response in his post at DailyKos:

Of course this is intolerance. Would Sullivan rush to this guy's defense if it turned out he was a Grand Wizard in the KKK? Of course not. We are allowed to be intolerant of people who operate outside the bounds of civil decency. This wasn't governmental action infringing on any Constitutional rights. This was Mozilla developers saying they refused to do work with a bigot, private websites blocking access to the Firefox browser because they refused to do business with a bigot, and employees of the firm speaking up because they refused to work for a bigot.

In short, it was the free market expressing itself. Eich was perfectly within his rights to stay at Mozilla, but he would then face a hostile market and eventually faced the reality that he couldn't do his job in that environment. The free market spoke, and a free market enterprise was forced to react.

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  1. As a CEO, he failed his first test. Sorry NOM, cry me a river. A gay CEO would have had a short tenure leading NOM as well. The free memetic has spoken.

    Posted by: Chrislam | Apr 5, 2014 5:33:29 PM

  2. So NOM calls for a McCarthyesque boycott in response to what they are calling McCarthyesque intolerance? It hilarious when you consider that Firefox is about 10%-12% of total browsers used, with the remainder comprising the LGBT friendly MS and Google. Don't forget Apple and Amazon (kindles). They like us too.

    All of this is just too hysterical, but I'm sure their followers will remove Firefox just as soon as they ask their grandchildren what it is.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Apr 5, 2014 5:41:27 PM

  3. This just in: an organization and an individual who are deeply stupid and rely on fake outrage to pay their bills both create and perpetuate a deeply stupid fake outrage.

    Anybody who is listening to either of these parties is a lost cause. Next!

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Apr 5, 2014 5:45:20 PM

  4. Well, NOM, of course, has every right to call for a boycott. Good luck to them. They should be boycotting pretty much every leading corporation at this point since NOM's values don't square with the corporate values of much beyond Chick-Fil-A.

    The Obama comparison, while completely predictable, isn't apt. Obama never supported Prop 8, and he did evolve. If Mr. Eich has evolved since he took action to deprive people he works with of civil rights, he's refused to say so. He's also refused to stand up for his action. (Most of us would have no problem owning and being proud of our contributions.) He was a coward, and cowards aren't in a position to be CEO.

    Time to put this one to bed.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 5, 2014 5:46:58 PM

  5. The Obama comparison is way off base. There is a huge difference between not supporting gay marriage and actively working to limit civil rights which is what Prop 8 was all about.

    I truly can't imagine many of NOMs supporters using anything more sophisticated than the browser that came with their computers. You can't boycott what you don't know about and would never use anyway. Yawn.

    Posted by: Joe in Ct | Apr 5, 2014 6:02:34 PM

  6. " I'm sure their followers will remove Firefox just as soon as they ask their grandchildren what it is."

    That's a wonderful line.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Apr 5, 2014 6:11:59 PM

  7. NOM, hahahaha. Hey maybe they can arrange for Eich to get a job at Barilla? I just noticed today that a special Barilla display was almost untouched. They really need some marketing help.

    Posted by: james st. james | Apr 5, 2014 6:16:57 PM

  8. Originally, I had a tough time with this because of free speech/free expression, but after careful consideration I believe Mr. Eich's resignation was warranted; he did express his views through his donations; but when he became CEO of an IT Company, that probably employs a large number of gay people is where the problem is; his values would clash for those employees that would be gay/lesbian; this might mean that non-straight employees might be discriminated against, not given equal or same opportunities as their straight counterparts; my real thoughts on this particular issue is if you think your religious idiotolgy might interfere with those who might be different maybe you should not work in the real world and seek employment in your particular church/denomination

    Posted by: Bernie | Apr 5, 2014 6:19:00 PM

  9. Mr Brown is making a fool of himself again. We will keep our fingers crossed for Mozilla to kowtow to his boycott. My bet is his fart will end up like one-million moms. Since Bill Gates also contributed dollars to support gay marriage. He should boycott Microsoft internet explorer too. Perhaps it doesn't matter because he is too stupid to know how to use a computer.

    Posted by: simon | Apr 5, 2014 6:23:55 PM

  10. Why does anyone even think that NOM is relevant any longer? They are worried that the gravy train that they've been on for so many years is drying up since no one really believes them anymore.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Apr 5, 2014 6:48:56 PM

  11. Why does anyone even think that what Andrew Sullivan thinks or says is important? How did this British ex-pat get into the US to begin with? And why are his views representative of the US Gay Community?

    Posted by: Bobubye | Apr 5, 2014 7:04:52 PM

  12. How do you boycott "free" ?

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 5, 2014 7:05:42 PM

  13. I have every reason to believe the Sully would defend Eich were he a KKK member. Have we forgotten his pushing of the racist tract "The Bell Curve" at "The New Republic"?

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 5, 2014 7:27:07 PM

  14. If Mozilla goes bankrupt, who gets to take credit?

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Apr 5, 2014 7:29:40 PM

  15. He used to have millions to fight marriage battles in states. All that is left now is just hot air.

    Posted by: simon | Apr 5, 2014 7:46:56 PM

  16. When those three judges were dumped in Iowa (?)
    because they supported marriage equality...oops, I smell something intolerant. But NOM has selective memory when they do the "bullying". It's a war you A-holes...don't whine about "bullying" when you've been waging war on us day & night for decades. It's laughable when you knock someone on the side of the head because they've slapped you in the face.

    Posted by: Paul B. | Apr 5, 2014 7:48:45 PM

  17. Everyone needs to make the explicit comparison between donating to the KKK and donating to the passage of Prop 8. It is the only way I have gotten straight people to see just why we were so angry with Eich and Mozilla.

    Posted by: Håkon | Apr 5, 2014 8:07:14 PM

  18. I wonder if NOM knows they are about as relevant as the groups that actively campaigned against interracial marriages.

    Posted by: Chrislam | Apr 5, 2014 8:37:43 PM

  19. "Now Eich has been the target of a vicious character attack by gay activists who have forced him out of the company he has helped lead for years."

    Translation: You hurt my fist when I punched your face.

    Posted by: JJ | Apr 5, 2014 8:38:41 PM

  20. Good stack of comments. I click LIKE on 'em.

    I found Andy Sullivan's "Virtually Normal" weirdly naive. He kept insisting that all his right wing friends would be there for the gays when it really counted - because in their hearts they were fine with his being gay. If it was their hearts he was depending on, he wasn't depending on anything substantial.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Apr 5, 2014 9:04:15 PM

  21. He is barking up the wrong tree. His demographic consists of rednecks who are duck dynasty fans. They have TV's. They don't even have computers.

    Posted by: simon | Apr 5, 2014 9:04:34 PM

  22. Randy:
    How do you boycott "free" ?
    I always have that same question.
    When you install Firefox, you get Google as the homepage. It leads to the next question. How does Google make money?
    My guess is from advertizers.
    One thing they can do is list the paid customers first when you google for a product. Just a guess.

    Posted by: simon | Apr 5, 2014 9:27:06 PM

  23. Time to reinstall Firefox and show our support.

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 5, 2014 9:29:33 PM

  24. NOM is nil. They have no credibility. NOM is a hate group.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Apr 5, 2014 10:44:20 PM

  25. BTW, Firefox has been returned to all three of my systems with the departure of Mr. Eich.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Apr 5, 2014 10:45:02 PM

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