Is Mozilla diverse or biased?

05 Apr 2014

In light of the recent resignation of newly-appointed Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, and all of the controversy surrounding the prompting of this action, I am ending my involvement with anything related to Mozilla unless an apology is made to Mr. Eich for the wrongful manner in which this matter was handled. If an apology is not forthcoming, all material related to Mozilla will be removed from this site.

In a blog post here by Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman of Mozilla, she claims "Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all." She also writes, "Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech."

Nothing could be further from the truth. Brendan Eich was pressured to resign after it was discovered that he made a political contribution six years ago to an organization that reflected his personal views. We ALL have a right to express our views, yet a group of people who disagreed with Mr. Eich and his religious convictions pressured Mozilla to force him to resign.

Rather than receive support from Mozilla, he was punished for a personal opinion. Mozilla claims to promote an "Open Internet" and support our First Amendment right for freedom of speech and religion, yet this only proves that their favor of these freedoms only applies when they agree with what is said.

So, Mozilla, my thoughts on this are how bad it makes YOU look, not Mr. Eich. The fact that a your company bends to the will of a group that claims to want tolerance for their life style but cannot extend the same tolerance to others who have a different mindset is inexcusable. Equality applies to EVERYONE, not just a select few.

Brendan Eich is an American computer programmer and creator of the JavaScript scripting language. He is also co-founder of Mozilla. He always treated everyone at Mozilla with the utmost respect and consideration.

brendaneich.com


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