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After less than a month on the job, Brendan Eich has stepped down as CEO of Mozilla, the company he co-founded, amid a firestorm of criticism he’s received for making a 2008 donation to support a California amendment that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman.

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A man is seen next to a Firefox logo at a Mozilla stand during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 28, 2013.

Eich also resigned from his position as a board member on the Mozilla Foundation, the nonprofit that owns Mozilla Corporation. The creator of JavaScript scripting language helped build the popular web browser over a decade ago.

In 2008, Eich donated $1,000 in support of Proposition 8 that sought to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman. The bill passed with 52 percent of the vote in the California state assembly and was approved by voters, but the Supreme Court overturned it in 2013.

In a statement, Mozilla’s executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker, apologized to members of the Firefox community who had been outraged by the company’s decision to hire Eich as CEO.

“Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves,” Baker wrote. “We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better.”

Baker also noted that the company “believes both in equality and freedom of speech.”

“Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard,” she asserted.

“Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all,” Baker added.

Three Mozilla board members resigned shortly after Eich was brought on, though the company said that their departure was not a response to his hiring, reported BBC.

Outrage for the company’s hiring decision seemingly culminated when the popular dating website OkCupid greeted Firefox users earlier this week with a message informing them of Eich’s stance on gay marriage.

“Hello there, Mozilla Firefox user. Pardon this interruption of your OkCupid experience. Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid,” it stated.

As frustration for his hiring continued to build, Eich defended his convictions, saying that his personal beliefs have never influenced his objectives at Mozilla “all these 15 years we’ve been going.”

Eich also told the Guardian on Tuesday that this principle, included in the company’s code of conduct is “really about keeping anything that’s not central to our mission out of our office.”

In his blog this week, Eich asked those frustrated in the Firefox community to wait before coming to conclusions and apologized for those he had hurt.

“I know some will be skeptical about this, and that words alone will not change anything. I can only ask for your support to have the time to ‘show, not tell;’ and in the meantime express my sorrow at having caused pain,” Eich wrote, adding that he is “committed to ensuring that Mozilla is, and will remain, a place that includes and supports everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, economic status or religion.”

SOURCE: The Christian Post


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4 comments

  1. What a shame that these things get so ugly. I was taught and continue to teach that we are to love the sinner, but hate the sin. And we all sin. So I get confused when someone does something he or she believes is right and is then forced to resign because others do not agree. I know gay marriage is a sin, no worse then stealing from the company supply room. How do we get to influence people about their actions and behaviors if we practice hatred rather than love thy neighbor. It is a balancing act indeed, we must hold others accountable and tell them the truth. if they wish to continue to live in sin then God will judge them fairly, not me. Seems like every day we can find more stories like this one. One day all will be just right, perfect in every sense and we will be home at last.

    • You speak truth, unfortunately when we do so, we are labeled as intolerant and hateful. Even more damage is done by other so-called Christians who attack and bad mouth others that are speaking the truth. I have been attacked because I supported Christmas…good grief really?

      No pastor, priest, or rabbi etc. should support gay marriage or homosexuals as pastors…and yet this is happening all over. Why shouldn’t they? Because God is against it, but that does not mean we hate them, we disapprove of the sin.

  2. It seems that our first amendment rights are only for liberals and their godless agenda.. Whoever voices their God-given right to speak out for their belief in the word of God, they are somehow labeled an intolerant bigot and must either apologize or step down from their position. Where are the believers who refuse to apologize for the truth? Believers have to learn to speak up because our rights are being shredded right before our eyes.

    • A telling comment and right on the money. I find it to be pathetic that people are tarred and feathered for standing up for what is right especially if it involves the Bible. Yet one can speak up for the Muslim faith of Hindu etc and it’s all good. Funny how the Christian faith is the only one that is tolerant of others even seeking to bring people into our faith lovingly without force, while others do the exact opposite and call us intolerant.

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