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Published: Thursday, April 3 2014 4:20 p.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm ashamed he caved to the intolerant bullies.

I support his stance, which happens to agree with my stance, Prophet Monson's stance, and Pope Francis' stance.

Its good company to be in!

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

If the shoe were on the other foot and someone was forced out of their job for supporting marriage equality there would be an outcry. I know that my Gay friends feel differently about this than I do, but you don't change minds this way.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

He did leave religion at the door of the workplace.

Its the "tolerant" liberals that brought his religious views into the workplace.

sg
newhall, CA

Absolutely not! The CEO had every right to donate to a cause that he believes in. No one should be forced to leave their religion or beliefs at the door, but not impose upon others that may not adhere to the same beliefs. I hope the muslims take note because they have complete disregard for others' beliefs when it come to their "religion" and the workplace.

Mexican Ute
mexico, 00

Indeed, Chris B. Great company to be in.

I also support religious freedom anywhere you go. You have to know when to talk about religion though. I almost never do it in my workplace unless somebody asks me.

About what happened with this CEO, its unfortunate and it is Proof Positive that the gay marriage crowd IS harming others, but trying to silence their opposition and releasing them from key posts.

Without freedom of speech and religion, this country will not last much longer.

David
Centerville, UT

A prominent speaker in SLC recently stated that safe, healthy societies will exist in only 2 situations: 1) a strong but good dictator, meaning a good person. The speaker mentioned that such a "good" dictator is quite rare. 2) In a society of democracy where religion is a foundation for the rule of law. He was not talking about a fundamentalist religious society. Rather, a society based upon the Judeo-Christian values of love, humility, honesty, integrity, the 10 commandments, etc.

America has been one of the greatest nations on the earth because of its religious foundation. But that has been changing for decades, and the past few years the change has been dramatic and alarming. Secularists who are trying to root out religious influence in politics and society will only be left with an unstable, unsafe society.

Religion is critical to community.

USU-Logan
Logan, UT

Brendan Eich has his right to support prop. 8, Mozilla’s staff have their right to call his resignation, consumers have their right to boycott, and to call other users to switch to different browsers.

In the end, Brendan Eich made his decision that resignation would be best for the company. After all, according to WSJ, his appointment as CEO already led to the resignation of three members of the company's board, now maybe they can come back.

slcdenizen
t-ville, UT

@David

"Rather, a society based upon the Judeo-Christian values of love, humility, honesty, integrity, the 10 commandments, etc."

Under which of the above categories lies preventing gays from marrying their partners? Who is disagreeing with the foundations of our society? I'm unfamiliar with any attempts at undermining our moral foundation, except from those who elevate personal biases and motives above the common good.

Tuffy Parker
Salem, UT

It's a sad day when society at large allows the personal exercise of political and religious beliefs to be silenced. Liberals are only tolerant of opinions that align with their own and with this country becoming liberal or indifferent to liberalism, freedom of religion as we've known it will soon be gone.

I am shocked at the pace at which this is occurring and it honestly hurts my heart to see it happen.

ThornBirds
St.George, Utah

Always best for all concerned to leave one's personal views to one's self at one's place of employment.
Opening up all of one's personal morality causes nothing but trouble from there on out.
Don't let anyone goad you into one of those "friendly discussions".

antodav
TAMPA, FL

Firefox is still a terrible browser, but I still must admit that I have additional respect for the company itself after reading this. Thank you.

RBB
Sandy, UT

The very people calling for his resignation would be outraged if someone were forced out of a company for expressing the opposite view. This is why antidiscriminatuon laws are a bad idea. Some groups are allowed to discriminate while using the laws to go after those with whom they disagree.

Kally
Salt Lake City, UT

Contrast this to One World and the support they received from their conservative donors when they announced they would recognize the same-sex marriages of their employees -

Oh, wait!

They were boycotted and ended up changing their position.

Stormwalker
Cleveland , OH

@RBB:

If the shoe was on the other foot, those who are now outraged that he resigned would be overjoyed. For example, look at the long lines of people who lined up to buy chicken sandwiches to support the position of Chik-Fil-A chief Dan Cathey.

Personally, I question his commitment to fostering equality in the company (a long-held Mozilla value) if, in his personal life, he is opposed to equality and shows it by making donations to groups opposed to equality. On the other hand, he was a founder of the company and claims he left those values at the door. I wasn't there, so I don't know.

At the same time, articles in the Wall Street Journal pointed to other problems that caused dissension among board members when he was promoted to CEO, especially his seeming lack of interest in the exploding mobile browser market. (Mozilla has less than 1% of the mobile market share.)

As an outsider, I suspect that the "gay issue" makes better headlines than discussions of market share and emerging technology platforms, but the inside story was more complicated than we know.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Could we pause a second and consider just WHO it was that cost Mr. Erich his position? No, it wasn't the government, nor the CIA, his gay acquaintances or some mysterious cabal of liberals. No, it was his fellow stockholders - the people he would have spent most of his working days with. It's not even impossible that he was ousted for reasons that had nothing to do with his opinions. Like the rest of these posters, I wasn't there.

Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Neo-McCarthyism. Witch Hunts and people losing their jobs.

I read Mozilla's blog statement saying they value diversity. Well, apparently not. I find an appalling hypocrisy when a university forces someone out for stating their views or even signing a petition and then they say, "We believe in diversity." It gives diversity a bad name.

Karen R.
Houston, TX

I haven't found anything that says that Eich's donation was motivated by a religious belief, so the author may be making an unfounded assumption here.

Mozilla's mission statement emphasizes equality and inclusiveness and the company's Executive Chair confirmed that this explicitly includes LGBT and marriage equality. So isn't this an example of a company living up to its principles? Would you want the leader of your religion to be someone who believes the opposite of your church doctrine?

@ Tekakaromatagi - Were you screaming witch hunt and decrying people losing their jobs when those affected were gay people?

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT

Uninstalling Firefox today.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT

Mark B,

The CEO AND Mozilla's own blog both openly state that his political position is why he's being ousted.

Even if they weren't "open", it's absolute folly to even suggest that liberals and proponents of SSM aren't bullying everyone. Anyone arguing anything else is either ignoring the entire world around them or they are pushing the same 'moral relativist' propaganda themselves.

RBB
Sandy, UT

Stormwalker,

Apparently being pro diversity and equality only applies if you share the same views as others in the company. I manage several people who disagree with my politics and/or religion. I do not fire them for their beliefs, but doubtless there are some who would fire me for mine if the shoe were on the other foot.

By the way, Chick-fillet is a bad analogy. People lined up to support Chick-fillet after several gay marriage groups threatened a boycott. Claiming to support diversity and then favoring punishing someone who presents a divergent view is hypocracy.

I am not normally a boycott type person as I think everyone has the right to their opinion. However this coming week Firefox will be removed from all the computers in my office. If Mozilla cannot handle diversity of thought, I will not use their browser.

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