Before he was the new CEO (and now the ex-CEO) for Mozilla (the company behind the Firefox web browser), Brendan Eich made a personal donation to support Proposition 8—the legislation in California intended to define marriage as between one man and one woman. And when homosexual activists found out about it, they decided to boycott Mozilla’s products. And eventually, Eich stepped down.
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Mr. Eich tried to respond to the controversy by explaining that his personal beliefs did not impinge on the public exercise of his duties:
I agree with people who say [my donation] wasn’t private, but it was personal. But the principle that I have operated by, that is formalised in our code of conduct at Mozilla, is it’s really about keeping anything that’s not central to our mission out of our office. If I stop doing that now I think I would be doing wrong that code of conduct and doing a disservice to Mozilla. And I really do think it’s an important principle of inclusiveness for Mozilla to succeed.
Imagine. Brendan Eich the close-minded conservative is schooling “liberals” on the liberal principle of “inclusiveness.” But what did you expect? Liberals talk all the time about the dangers of “legislating morality.” They also defend their own all the time by saying things like “What they do in the privacy of their bedrooms should be of no consequence to you.” They lambasted the impeachment of Bill Clinton: “He’s a good president. Who cares if he’s not a good husband? His personal life and his politics are two different things.”
But you ask them to extend that same logic to these situations, and they just can’t do it. Because it’s not possible. The fact is that conservatives have been right all along. I don’t think you can keep your personal beliefs out of your public practice. I think your personal morality has a fundamental impact on the exercise of your calling.
But homosexuals are never asked to keep their personal beliefs or morality out of politics. They have been thrusting their personal beliefs into politics from day one. And for some reason, that’s allowed.
See, I think legislating morality is inevitable. The only question is, “Which morality will we legislate?” Homosexuals want to keep religion out of politics. Again. Not possible. The only question is, “Which religion will have a say in politics?” Not all of them can. And right now, we’re in the middle of a moral and religious sea change. There is a battle going on for which system of morality will hold sway in America. And the conservative evangelical approach is not winning.
One of the major reasons for this is that we, like Brendan Eich, are willing to out-liberal the liberals. We are willing to allow for a dviersity of opinion. We allow dissenting voices. They do not. I am not saying we should become more draconian. But I do think we need to point out to the bleeding hearts how very close-minded they are. It’s the loving thing to do, after all.
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