What's wrong with this news?
If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered, probably nothing. You won. It's cake and ice cream time.
If you value free speech, then this article likely bothers you, regardless of your personal feelings about gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender life styles.
My problem with this news comes down to this - a browser doesn't have genitalia.
So why do issues around genitalia have anything at all to do with a browser, developing a browser, etc?
Because browser developers have genetalia, and apparently, no respect for free speech.
It's that second part that I find most disturbing, especially in a browser manufacturer.
Mozilla Foundation voted with its genitalia to support the vaguely defined notion of “gay rights” over the *extremely well defined notion* of free speech.
Personally, Mozilla should not have picked either side in the battle - since Mr. Eich's political contributions and donation nonsense has nothing to do with developing browsers… until Mozilla made it a hire-and-fire issue.
I didn't care about developers sexual proclivities or political donation history at all until this
Now, political correctness and activism has taken over the development of one of the most popular browsers of all time.
Because Mozilla Foundation chose not to look at its charter and say “well, political donations have nothing to do with making browsers… but they do have a lot to do with free speech… and that's far more important to a browser than who people sleep with, so let's sit this one out.”
Did Mr. Eich issue a single “directive” or change a single line of code to imply his political donation was the start of some sinister anti-gay plot? No, or we'd have heard about it.
So, simply exercising free speech outside of the realm of his professional life, Mr. Eich is punished professionally … and no one is bothered? Instead, this is cheered? In America, the country that once thought free speech was so important that it was enshrined as the *very first* item in the Bill of Rights?
For shame, Mozilla Foundation.
For your utter contempt for free speech - you are disavowed.
I, my family, friends, and others who I can persuade, are dropping all Mozilla related “products” because we value free speech and the free exercise thereof without threat of repercussion. I personally don't want a browser that prefers or promotes censorship.
Mozilla Foundation, while trying to show how diverse and inclusive they wish they were, actually showed how exclusive they really want to be.
I want no part of a partisan browser that values sexuality issues *over* the far-more-applicable freedom of speech issues.
No one should trust a *web browser* that condones censorship and suppression of free speech.
What's next, Mozilla … blocking websites of politics you disagree with? You've already shown you'll promote on merit, but fire on politics, so expecting you to cripple your browser with political censorship isn't too far a stretch of the imagination.
I've already found a new browser, and I've gone as far as remove the Mozilla/5.0 compatibility string from the user-agent because I am apparently *not* Mozilla compatible anymore.
And, there's no reason to ever go back. Mozilla's day is done when it's lost the focus on browser development and chooses to waste its energy championing causes which have nothing to do with technical protocols required to explore information.
Note for Pedants
The Mozilla FAQ on the entire matter claims Mr. Eich wasn't fired - he stepped down. Yes, technically correct.
He stepped down after the company that claims “we need the web to have the tough conversations” totally failed to provide any support to the guy who helped found the place.
All because CREDO and OkCupid complained, as is their free speech right to do.
The problem was that Mozilla Foundation paid more support to the activists than to their own founder.
This would have been a *perfect* opportunity to have a “tough conversation” about politics and sexual activism on the web, and how a browser can support free speech regardless of any of its developer's personal proclivities.
Mozilla Foundation could have led the way to “rise above” but instead immediately caved, issued some vacuous cover-your-assets “we love diversity” all while *allowing* and *encouraging* and *supporting* Mr. Eich finding his way to the door with all expediency.
President Lincoln said it:
“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”