The topic has already been discussed by religious and conservative publications ad nauseam, but that doesn’t mean that the issue is exhausted. What has happened over the last couple of weeks to gay marriage organizations and companies that opposed Brendan Eich’s promotion to CEO at Mozilla is pure hypocrisy and more Americans need to see it for what it is.
On one side of their mouth, they push for the rights of citizens to be able to express their feelings towards another citizen through the ultimate form of bonding without retribution. From the other side of their mouth, they’re saying that one cannot oppose the opinion without receiving retribution. They are asking for an open debate as long as the debate leans in their direction.
Eich donated $1000 to support Proposition 8 in California. This donation was less damaging to their cause than what candidate Barack Obama did the same year when he said that he believed that marriage was defined as being between a man and a woman, yet they supported him as their candidate and they, for the most part, supported him as their president.
Tolerance has to be a two way street or it’s not tolerance. If Eich demonstrated discrimination against homosexuals in his workplace, that’s an issue that they could attack with justification. However, his donation and forced resignation as a result sends a terrible message to businesses across the country.
Had Mozilla hired or promoted someone who donated $1000 to a cause that supported gay marriage, they would not have had to deal with a potential boycott. However, their actions to dismiss someone based upon their political beliefs is a poor move and one that does warrant action, not just from those who are opposed to gay marriage but from those who believe that our freedoms cannot be taken away. Today, if you are against gay marriage, you are at risk of losing your job. That’s an extremely dangerous concept, one that does not empower freedom in a country that is supposed to be leading the way.
Open debate is about fighting an issue, not an individual. This has now been made into a personal issue. Regardless of which side of the fence you’re on when it comes to gay marriage, you should be against the idea of vilifying an individual for their beliefs when those beliefs are supposed to be protected in this country. The forced resignation of Eich must not be seen as a victory by the gay rights community. This is a statement that sends the wrong message about their cause:
“You must be tolerant of us but we will not be tolerant of you.”
It takes us down the wrong path regardless of your opinions on gay marriage.
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