Brendan Eich steps down as CEO of Mozilla(

almost 9 years ago from John McDowall, Freelance Ruby & Javascripté

  • Jake Lazaroff, almost 9 years ago (edited almost 9 years ago )

    No one is defending his opinion. It is a bigoted opinion. But he is not using Mozilla as a platform to promote it.

    I understand why you oppose him, but I don't think the way to fight intolerance is with more intolerance.

    4 points
    • Rob GrantRob Grant, almost 9 years ago

      We should have been more tolerant of those Germans back in World War 2, huh?

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      • Jake Lazaroff, almost 9 years ago

        No, that's a straw man. In his endeavors to deprive gay Americans of their right to marry we should absolutely oppose him, and publicly so. However, I don't think those endeavors should define the way we interact with him on all other issues. His position as CEO of Mozilla has nothing to do with gay rights, so—as long as that view doesn't inform his work—I don't think it's appropriate to hold it against him.

        I'm Jewish, and I have friends and family who were affected by the Holocaust, so I do sympathize with your example. But I just can't bring myself to believe that a small subset of one's actions or beliefs define one as a person. I vehemently disagree with them, but I don't want anyone ostracized because of it.

        And lastly, I realize this is a very emotional issue, but many people who oppose his resignation (including myself) do support LGBTQ rights. We have the same end goal, you and me—we just see different ways of getting there :)

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