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.


  1. Chrislam says

    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.

  2. NotSafeForWork says

    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.

  3. oncemorewithfeeling says

    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!

  4. says

    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.

  5. Joe in Ct says

    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.

  6. Mike in the Tundra says

    ” I’m sure their followers will remove Firefox just as soon as they ask their grandchildren what it is.”

    That’s a wonderful line.

  7. james st. james says

    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.

  8. Bernie says

    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

  9. simon says

    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.

  10. Joseph Singer says

    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.

  11. Bobubye says

    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?

  12. says

    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”?

  13. simon says

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

  14. Paul B. says

    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.

  15. Håkon says

    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.

  16. Chrislam says

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

  17. JJ says

    “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.

  18. says

    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.

  19. simon says

    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.

  20. simon says

    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.

  21. Cassandra says

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

    Of course this is intolerance.”

    Calling it intolerance is not accurate. This was accountability. A man tried to hurt people, and did so for nearly five years. Now he is being held, ever so slightly, accountable.

  22. JackFknTwist says


    And he is not the only one who maliciously acted against.
    Let them all be exposed or the hypocrites they are, now keeping very low profiles.

    Any comparison with McCarthy is crass; these Prop 8 supporters actively sought to undermine and deprive us of Constitutional rights.
    McCarthy was a demagogue and a self important toad.

  23. says

    Just as I called it. The right-wingers and evangelicals are lining up to s*ck his d*ck and spin Eich as some poor, oppressed victim that was constantly harassed and abused by the evil homosexuals, conveniently ignoring that nothing was done to him, and he left of his own volition.

  24. jamal49 says

    I’m glad the prick resigned. However, the national media is giving this the news “twist” that his resignation was “forced” by hysterical, PC-obsessed, irrational gay activists.

    The more conservative outlets (and the more rabid ones on the internet as well as FOX) are screaming that his resignation was the result of a “witch hunt”.

    The problem in all this is while the man never made any PUBLIC anti-gay statements (to my knowledge), he did exercise his right to support or advocate, in PRIVATE, for any group he so chooses, in this case anti-marriage equality advocacy group. I may think his support was wrong, but it was his right to do so.

    I would have been willing for the man to give a public apology or to say that he has had a “change of mind” about marriage equality. Statements were released by Mozilla about its commitment to “diversity” (hate that word almost as much as I hate the word “bipartisan”).

    I don’t agree with his appointment (what was the Board of Mozilla thinking of?) but, frankly, our reaction WAS hysterical and over-the-top.

    At this stage of the game, and our struggle to achieve civil equality in ALL aspects of American life, we simply have to consider the public perceptions of our efforts.

    Anyone here who thinks public acceptance of our right to marry, or not be discriminated against, or any number of other legitimate grievances we have regarding our civil rights in America, is an eventual given had better check themselves. It is NOT a given.

    And, the ability of the news media in all its permutations to manipulate a controversy to go in either direction where public sympathies are concerned must always be taken into account and respected.

    Based on what I am reading and listening to, Eich is now officially a “victim” of an over-zealous, hysterical, PC-obsessed, GAY mob. Public perception is everything. We could have handled this matter better.

  25. simon says

    It may be true some right-ring media made this a witch hunt by the gays. There are also some objective analysis by other media outlets.
    For example Wall Street Journal, hardly a left-wind media, thinks this is just a business decision. They cited an insider who says they are in the process of renewing their contract with Goggle. They just don’t want it to have a negative impact on their relation with their business partners.
    There is very little we can control what the right-wing media say. The fact is Eich’s donation was exposed by some gay employees at Mozilla. Of course some may spin it as a witch hunt by a group of “gay mafia”.
    I don’t think all news outlets see this as a witch hunt. There are always two sides to a story. This is just the way of life.

  26. simon says

    Perhaps the guys who exposed the donations are not exactly Mozilla’s employees. They are some software developers working for Mozilla.

  27. JJ says

    @JAMAL49: “The problem in all this is while the man never made any PUBLIC anti-gay statements (to my knowledge), he did exercise his right to support or advocate, in PRIVATE”

    False. Initiative donations aren’t private. The California initiative process is an act of legislation. As such, initiative petitions and campaign contributions are a matter of public record subject to public scrutiny. The public has the right to know in detail how the laws we must obey are formulated, influenced, and enacted.

    “I may think his support was wrong, but it was his right to do so.”

    Likewise, others have the right to criticize his support. Respecting his right to support whatever cause he wants does not mean you must or should keep your own opinions about it to yourself.

    All that happened here was that people criticized actions Eich made in public. His critics didn’t take away his job. They had no power to do so. He freely resigned.

    “our reaction WAS hysterical and over-the-top.”

    Bullsh!t. There’s nothing hysterical about expressing the _opinion_ that someone who actively opposes equality isn’t fit to lead a company that claims to value diversity. There’s nothing hysterical about questioning a company’s commitment to equality when they hire a CEO who says he’ll only fight against it on his personal time. There’s nothing over-the-top about choosing not to reward such a company with your business. Your patronage was always their privilege, never their right.

  28. Dan Cobb says

    Markos is absolutely right in the first paragraph… and that’s all that counts. The free market argument is a bit bogus, but he is spot on when he calls Eich a bigot. Eich is a bigot. And if Eich wants to attribute his bigotry to his religious belief, well, then Eich chooses to belong to a bigoted religion, pure and simple.

  29. johnny says

    So, NOM is asking their followers to boycott Mozilla…

    …that should add up to about 20 people.

  30. Homo Genius says

    Kyler… you might want to investigate Kos (Marcos M. ) and look at the EDITORIAL he wrote in college – back when he was a conservative republican – about gay rights issues. The thought of gays in the military just icked him out…. He also worked for Hyde. The guy from the anti abortion amendment…

    But inexplicitly, Kos became a liberal Dem. I guess he “evolved” or doesn’t hold the same positions he did in the past

  31. Craig Nelson says

    1st How do you boycott free software?

    2nd effective boycott by NOM would be free advertising for Mozilla and have the opposite effect to that intended.

    3rd the alternative browsers are made by organisations who support marriage equality.

  32. anon says

    Why would NOM blame Mozilla for this? Mozilla was the target, not the perpetrator. What browser are they going to use now? No tech company that makes a browser is conservative.

    The analogy with the KKK is bad because being the grand wizard of the KKK is far worse than being against gay marriage. You can’t make non-differential analogies. Otherwise, essentially nothing will live up to your political standards. Did the CEO not donate to the save the whales campaign? Off w/ his head! Did he donate to the Boyscouts? Off w/ his head! Ever fire a gay employee? Off w/ his head! This is because you would be comparing all political acts you don’t like to the KKK. Your argument being: I’m right because I’m right! End of story!

  33. Bill says

    @anon: NOM is making noise about this because NOM wants to keep its donor list private, presumably including funds given to NOM specifically to support initiative campaigns.

    They are making a big deal about Eich because they want to argue that it is necessary to keep these lists private so that members of the public can participate in the political process without fear of losing their jobs or having their careers hurt.

    If NOM can sell that to congress and state legislatures, it would make it possible for groups like the Mormons to use tax-free dollars to lobby members to make contributions through NOM in order to hide Mormon involvement.

    That’s one of the downsides of going after Eich in the way people did: his $1000 contribution is small potatoes compared to the damage NOM and similar groups can do with some real funding. By pouncing on Eich, people are trying for a tactical advantage that risks a strategic loss.

  34. Shannon says

    And though Bill Maher was joking about a “gay mafia”, the truth is there really is a “gay mafia” and Americans need to be afraid,VERY afraid!!! We’re everywhere.We’re getting MORE powerful.And we KNOW how to rally the troops and boycott and foment real,lasting,permanent change.And if some pea brained ,close minded segments of society don’t like it,too bad.You assholes are history. And get over your spineless cowardly selves. Besides God & Jesus are our biggest supporters. So deal with it !!!