Liberals like to tell everyone how tolerant they are of diversity, but in their hearts many don’t believe it. They are all about divergent opinions, as long as those opinions agree with what they believe. In truth, they really are the intolerant ones. Take climate change for example. The only disagreement they will tolerate is how evil modern technology is. Demonstrate that much of the data behind man caused global climate change is wrong, and you are likely to be labeled a “denier”.
Here is what one liberal had to say about “climate change deniers”.
Man-made climate change happens. Man-made climate change kills a lot of people. It’s going to kill a lot more. We have laws on the books to punish anyone whose lies contribute to people’s deaths. It’s time to punish the climate-change liars.
So, under an extension of the “Yelling fire in a crowded theater” doctrine, people who contend that the data is being massaged and presented inaccurately should be arrested and thrown in prison.
In the United States of America.
That’s sort of background for the topic of this post.
Last week Brendan Eich one of the founders and driving forces of Mozilla was forced to resign as CEO after it was revealed that he donated $1,000.00 to support California Proposition 8 in 2008. For those of you who might not remember, Prop 8 would ban same sex marriage in the state. It passed by a 70-30% margin, which coincidentally was the same margin by which Barack Obama won the state in the Presidential election that same day. Ironically, in 2008 Brendan Eich, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton held the same position on same sex marriage. That is, they were against it. It wasn’t until 2012 that President Obama, running for re-election decided that he was OK with same sex marriage and that the Defense of Marriage Act was a bad thing. For those who don’t remember DOMA was passed by Congress and signed into law in 1996. William Jefferson Clinton was the President of these United States of America that year and also running for re-election.
Yes, support for same sex marriage, at least in the courts, was different back then. However, it’s important to note that most of the changes in same sex marriage came from litigation, not political action. In fact I’d wager that today if the subject were put to a nation wide referendum same sex marriage would fail.
To those who are going to tell me it’s a civil rights issue, please save the electrons. It’s not. The only real issue here is if same sex couples should have equal access to health insurance as a couple, hospital visitation rights, inheritance, and other benefits of marriage. They should, but then again so should heterosexual couples that are not “married” by definition. That’s a debate for another day and frankly another blog.
The problem here is that one person is being hounded from a job that he is nt only very good at, but that is beneficial to the public at large because at some time in the past he held a view that some people don’t like. Well, I don’t like people being harassed and intimidated for expressing their views, but I’m a tolerant kind of person.
Since Mozilla has shown that it will cave in rather easily to public pressure, I’m going to join the growing group of Internet users who have decided not to use their web browser any longer. I’ve stopped using Firefox and have switched to Avant. Avant is actually pretty cool. It allows you to select which browser engine you want to use, Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox. It has better ad blocking features (my web sites try to load a lot of crap on your computer), automatically imports your Firefox bookmarks, and does other neat things. It’s donationware, so you can try it and then decide how much you’d like to donate to support the software.
So, no more Firefox for me until Mozilla changes their approach. Actually, it might not matter as Avant gives me all of the advantages of Firefox without the moral weakness of the company.