Conservatives claim that they love freedom, but some of them don’t understand the word


You may have heard or read by now that Brendan Eich (above), the new CEO at Mozilla, the software company, has resigned amid a fuss over his having contributed money to a campaign to outlaw same-sex marriage in California.

That campaign succeeded, and the law Eich supported remained in effect until the U.S. Supreme Court struck it down as unconstitutional.

Hey! You win some, and you lose some. Eich and the people who share his views on gay marriage lost this one.

But let’s be clear about what happened later. Eich wasn’t fired from Mozilla (despite claims to the contrary in some conservative media). He chose to step down. He apparently came to the conclusion that the controversy over his views would hurt the company.

D.S.Wrights PICKS UP THE STORY from there:

Free people within the Mozilla community freely chose to distance themselves from Eich over his political views regarding gay rights. Unfortunately for Eich, that choice to disassociate by members of the free software community meant he could not be an effective CEO.

An open decision in an open society. Not pleasant, no conflict is, but completely keeping within the bounds of appropriate moral behavior. There was no violence nor threats made to person or property, just a simple protest and pledge of non-participation.

But now National Review has decided that this exercise of free association is “corrosive” and an example of “vindictive fanaticism.”


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