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NOM Co-Founder: Boycott Mozilla Over Employee Intolerance to Prop-8-Supporting CEO Brendan Eich

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Anti-gay activist Robert George, the Chairman of the 'United States Commission on International Religious Freedom' and the co-founder of the 'National Organization for Marriage' (NOM) is calling for a boycott of Mozilla in reaction to several employees calling on CEO Brendan Eich to step down for his donation to Proposition 8.

GeorgeWrote George in a post on Facebook:

The employees of Mozilla evidently think that people like me, and perhaps you, are not morally fit to be employees of their company. They are attempting to force out their CEO because he made a financial contribution in support of the ballot initiative to uphold marriage in California as the union of husband and wife. The CEO isn't out yet, but he has already caved to the pressure, apologizing for "causing pain" by supporting marriage. (See the story linked to below.) That won't be enough. His "sin" is unforgivable under the new morality. He'll soon be gone.

So I have just deleted Mozilla Firefox from my computer. If I'm not morally fit to be their employee, I'm not morally fit to use their products. If you are a faithful Catholic, Evangelical, Eastern Orthodox Christian, Mormon, Orthodox Jew, Muslim, or member of any other tradition that believes that marriage is fundamentally the institution that unites a man and woman as husband and wife to be father and mother to any children born of their union, providing those children with the inestimable blessing of being brought up in the committed bond of the man and woman whose union brought them into being, or even if you believe in marriage thus understood quite apart from membership in any community of faith, I would ask you to do the same. Why contribute to the prosperity of those who would exclude you? Cancel Firefox or any other Mozilla product. Sure, its competitors are probably "just as bad," but we have an opportunity here to send a message to all of them.

I have no problems with employers having morals clauses in people's contracts. But if someone believes in adultery, and a Christian or Jewish or Muslim school or other institution won't employ them because they commit adultery, I wouldn't expect them to contribute to the collection plate or pay a subscription at the church, synagogue, or mosque. So why should we buy and use Mozilla products?

If you agree with me, I would also ask you to copy this message and forward it to friends who share our pro-marriage views. Let everyone in your church or house of worship know what Mozilla thinks of us---and what we think of them.

Yesterday, the dating service OK Cupid blocked users of Mozilla's Firefox browser in protest of Eich's anti-gay views. As David Badash points out, now both gay and anti-gay activists are demanding a boycott of Firefox.

Eich's donation was revealed by a pair of gay married developers who announced they were planning to boycott Mozilla's platform in protest.

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  1. this will just help our case. By boycotting them as many of us are doing, the company will see they can not let people like this run their company and still say they are for equality.

    Posted by: Jaysonn | Apr 1, 2014 2:57:17 PM


  2. Enemy of my enemy is my friend. Welcome aboard fellow boycotters.

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 1, 2014 3:01:50 PM


  3. Either "gay, married developers" or "married, gay developers"--there is no "gay married."

    Posted by: unruly | Apr 1, 2014 3:02:00 PM


  4. George seems not to understand the difference between hiring a bigot as an employee, and hiring a bigot as your company's Chief Executive Officer.

    Two different things.

    Posted by: Vint | Apr 1, 2014 3:05:21 PM


  5. The chair of this hiring committee (the one that selected EICH) shouldn't be allowed to chair another one.

    OY VEY MOZILLA

    Posted by: Guillermo Luna | Apr 1, 2014 3:13:07 PM


  6. This made me laugh!
    We are all accountable for our actions. Be prepare to defend them!

    Posted by: Steve Sando | Apr 1, 2014 3:16:02 PM


  7. He is desperately trying to hold on to his source of income
    But 90 year old desperate Christians are getting scarcer everyday

    Posted by: Bob | Apr 1, 2014 3:21:34 PM


  8. Mozilla picks a real winner.

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 1, 2014 3:24:19 PM


  9. If you believe OK Cupid was o.k. in doing what it did, then we ought to have no problem with Robert George here, either. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

    Posted by: Jon | Apr 1, 2014 3:36:49 PM


  10. False equivalency, @Jon. You're trying equate someone who actively works to strip others of the rights he enjoys with people who stand up for fairness and equality. George has every right to call for a boycott, but don't mistake his actions as morally equivalent to OKCupid's simply because they're exercising the same right.

    Posted by: JJ | Apr 1, 2014 3:45:35 PM


  11. HAHAHAHAHA! NOM logic never ceases to amaze me. Just going to continue sipping my tea and watching the Mozilla implosion.

    Posted by: John | Apr 1, 2014 3:52:29 PM


  12. Google is going to love this! Are they paying people to boycott Mozilla?

    Posted by: anon | Apr 1, 2014 3:57:09 PM


  13. This is getting more and more funny

    Posted by: jjose712 | Apr 1, 2014 4:16:25 PM


  14. Who cares? He lost.

    Posted by: calpoidog | Apr 1, 2014 4:22:11 PM


  15. Mr. George, people like you are not morally fit.

    Not morally fit for any job, including CEO. You seek to harm others for your benefit, you are a terrorist.

    Posted by: D E Sandberg | Apr 1, 2014 4:25:25 PM


  16. Oh my god lol now this is just comical.

    Posted by: JMC | Apr 1, 2014 4:37:58 PM


  17. Good-bye Mozilla. You set an example of why a company's CEO should not support inequality among its customers.

    Posted by: trees | Apr 1, 2014 5:03:19 PM


  18. Please. This is the same NOM that wants any legislator who votes for equal rights or any judge who rules in favor of equality under the law booted from office as soon as the next election.

    The same NOM that calls for boycotts of any company that supports their gay and lesbian employees.

    That wanted Ellen removed as a spokesmodel for Penny's because she's a lesbian, how dare she be seen by decent people selling home furnishings!

    Like he wouldn't be the first to scream if a CEO had donated 1000 to help pass a citizen's initiative denying Christians anything.

    Posted by: Lymis | Apr 1, 2014 5:06:18 PM


  19. Thanks for joining our boycott, you lunatics!

    Now that Mozilla has also lost the bigots, how long will it be before they do the right thing?

    I love the fact that we've made the corporate world an unsafe place for anyone who wants to devote any part of their lives to destroying their fellow Americans.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Apr 1, 2014 5:11:01 PM


  20. Wasn't NOM saying, just moments earlier, that calls to boycott Mozilla were a repression of free speech, anti-capitalist and proof that Satan was alive and well?

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Apr 1, 2014 5:22:07 PM


  21. In these situations all I ever think about are those gay and lesbian couples who had to live through unnecessary personal, financial and familial setbacks because people like Eich decided to throw money towards a cause which solely discriminated and marginalize them. Absolutely socially unacceptable. Fine, you don't like gay marriage, that's your freedom of choice, but to throw money towards dismantling the right for gay couples to secularly marry is type gross. It becomes a personal attack then.

    Posted by: Killian | Apr 1, 2014 5:25:04 PM


  22. JJ, as if Jon cares or understands! You are assuming he has a moral compass-anyone with one would not even utter what he just did. Imagine if this was said about blacks???

    Posted by: Rowan | Apr 1, 2014 5:44:18 PM


  23. This proves once again that this man is a delusional idiot. He is only helping the cause (gay rights) that he claims to despise. I think he's truly bonko.

    Posted by: Joe in Ct | Apr 1, 2014 5:54:05 PM


  24. One correction: to gays in the tech sector this was already known long before these two developers put out their statement. It was not revealed by them. It only is getting wider exposure since his selection as CEO. I personally got rid of Mozilla products about 3 years ago because of it.

    Posted by: Hmm | Apr 1, 2014 5:57:36 PM


  25. princeton keeps bigots like george on staff to make conservative alumni give money. yale does the same thing. it's pretty transparent.

    Posted by: woody | Apr 1, 2014 6:09:00 PM


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