Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Change at Mozilla

In the fall of 1995 I experienced the internet for the first time, like many, using a browser that combined the best elements of Mosaic and Godzilla, which would be marketed under the name Netscape, but today will be forever remembered for its code name Mozilla. I have used Mozilla based browsers the entire 19 years of my life that I have had access to the Internet, essentially, from when the internet became widely available to this day. All things must change it seems. For the high crime of daring to politically participate in a campaign to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman, the CEO of Mozilla, Brendan Eich, was run out of his position by our brave thought police. The particulars, he donated $1,000 dollars to support Proposition 8 in California which passed by popular vote before being struck down by a Judge.

Eich Co-Founded Mozilla when it broke away from Netscape and has served the company for 16 years. None of that matters because he donated $1,000 to a political cause because he believed marriage was only between a man and a woman. His crime against political correctness is far more grievous than any contribution that he made to Mozilla, as Chief Technology Officer or CEO.

As Mozilla Corp has decided to enforce the will of the thought police, today is the last day that any of their software will run on a computer under my control. I thought Mozilla was different, their commitment to the free software community and making the internet available to everyone was admirable. But today they show their true colors...only so long as you think approved thoughts.

GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis actually responded to the announcement with this statement, "Mozilla's strong statement in favor of equality today reflects where corporate America is: inclusive, safe, and welcoming to all." [emphasis added]

1984 newspeak where "welcoming to all" means welcoming to those that think the right way.

For Mozilla's choice to not support the RIGHT of their employees to politically participate in a manner in accordance with their conscience they are true oppressors, the silent majority that will not stand up and therefore tacitly approves as the grip of tyranny crushes their neighbors. Such a silent majority, unwilling to take a stand, has been the critical element of every totalitarian regime in history. Goodbye Mozilla. You're one of them now.