Friday, April 11, 2014

Mozilla bows to political pressure, abandons "inclusiveness"

Today I will uninstall Firefox from my machines, and will remove my longstanding Firefox endorsement from the multi-user corporate web application that I developed and manage at my place of employment.  I do so regretfully, but can not in good conscience continue to support Mozilla after the embarrassing departure of its CEO, Brendan Eich.

I understand Mozilla's position -and Eich's stated position- that he resigned voluntarily, but the reality seems to be that he was pressured to do so because of his personal beliefs, and because Mozilla did not openly and firmly support his freedom to have and exercise his political beliefs.  I am not aware that he personally espoused beliefs that were themselves illegal, or that he promoted unlawful behavior.  Rather, he exercised his First Amendment rights to support a political cause that is shared by many if not most Americans.  Whether I agree with those beliefs is irrelevant.

If Mozilla's affirmation of "inclusiveness" does not protect the rights of all its employees to hold and express their personal beliefs, or if it applies only selectively to those beliefs acceptable under some politically correct new orthodoxy, then the policy is neither "inclusive", constitutional, nor American.

Which beliefs will be unacceptable next year?  Mozilla has clearly sent the message that "inclusiveness" really does not imply a generous tolerance toward the views of others, and that all its employees can expect no better treatment that CEO Eich received.

The claims that Brendan Eich resigned voluntarily ring hollow.  I am disappointed with Mozilla, and will miss using Firefox.  But when You threw Mr. Eich overboard I went with him.

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