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Published: Saturday, April 5 2014 8:25 a.m. MDT

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Montesano, WA

Thus ends Free speech in America, This man did nothing wrong he made a donation to a campaign. He did not force his views on people in the work place. These things that happened to this man are the same fascist tactics used to silence opposition. If the Gay community were really all about tolerance and acceptance then this man would still be the CEO. Sadly it is not so They are only tolerant if you share their view.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

This show just how tolerant the political left really is.
They hounded Mr. Eich until he left. This isn't just discrimination it is persecution.

We know that a people is ripening in iniquity when they cast the righteous out from among them.

Bountiful, UT

Employers frequently review the credit ratings of potential employees, what employees say on their Facebook pages can have negative effects on their employment.

How is this any different?

If conservatives and those offended by what happened to Eich seek to establish legal boundaries between personal lives and employment, we've got a long way to go, with attendant cries of liberties lost by employers.

Los Angleles, CA

Scott Lively; the American religious wacko -- who is claiming to be behind Uganda and Russia’s homophobia and American evangelical extremists Tony Perkins and Peter Sprigg -- should be thrown into jail for perpetrating hate crimes against the gay community!
Scott Lively is perhaps directly responsible; for suicides within and violence against -- the gay community! His evil; based on a fictional religious cult is beyond words --!

Los Angleles, CA

Einstein stated in a letter recently auctioned that the bible was a collection of primitive legends. He said believing in God was childish and he as a Jew is no different than another person and not chosen by God.

Houston, TX

Van Spakovsky said, "The people who were pushing for Brendan Eich to be fired, they clearly want to put in a standard of conformity ... "

No we aren't pushing for conformity. We want a society where people can have their views, but individuals will be held accountable for acting on views that diminish others or discriminate or harm others.

There always will be people who don't agree with marriage equality, or same-sex marriage. So what? There are still people who hate blacks, too. We simply cannot legislate thoughts and beliefs. BUT, we know that Prop8 was not only immoral and deliberately harmful, it was also unconstitutional. Committing harmful acts and funding the people who harm others will not be tolerated. Believe what you want, but your actions will be scrutinized to ensure a better society.

Los Angleles, CA

Being left-handed – being black or being gay is just as natural. It is a sometimes rare occurrence to fall in Love and to hold that person in your heart and be loved in return ... it is something that should be celebrated! If it is love between two guys or two girls … all the better … it takes even more courage to defend that LOVE!

Los Angleles, CA

Tony Perkins and his The Family Research Council's opposition to gay rights have landed the outfit onto a list of "hate groups,” like the KKK. Christian colleges should be classified as hate groups and shut down. UK Prime Minister Cameron is facing the issue of religious extremism; as we speak … regarding homophobia -- being taught to children at churches and schools.

Provo, UT

Campaign finance laws will have to be re-written to keep donations secret. It will be the only way to protect donors from punitive tactics that force their views on others.

boneheaded, but not a smidgen

libs and tolerance are like peanut butter and jam. epitome of pc gone mad.

Jim Cobabe
Provo, UT

Most disurbing that this kind of corporate extortion becomes the norm. Recently it played out in Arizona in such a flagrant and deplorable way. There have been other examples where the strident activists shouting slogans about "freedom" and "rights" for themselves demonstrate that what they demand for themselves cannot be permitted for any who oppose their ideas, and merits a punitive response. The height of hypocrisy is found in this discrimination and intolerance that professes to be based in inclusive love and universal tolerance. No longer satisfied with "live and let live", the destructive intent is now revealed. Resistance is futile.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Mr. Eich left on his own volition. Nobody forced him out. People opposing him were exercising THEIR 1st Amendment rights. Should they be silenced?

joliet, IL

Several commenters semm to forget that upholding your own beliefs does not mean you necessarily denigrate people who believe otherwise. I believe in God but I don't hate those who don't. In this case, a man donated to an organization he believed in---Opinions differ--hate doesn't have to become a factor.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

This is not about "public scrutiny" but about the willingness of the left to employ bullying tactics to not just intimidate, but to destroy any and all who disagree with them.

It is a cynical and hypocritical epitome of "tolerance for me, but not for thee" which is a hallmark of the liberals.

If Mr. Eich had contributed the same amount of money to a pro-homosexual cause and anyone attacked him like this, he would instantly be defended by the news media, politicians and celebrities, and also by conservatives.

The Alinsky tactic to "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." is effective. Even when it distorts the truth and tramples on our freedom of speech.

The Mafia-like tactics of the militant homosexual activists must not be tolerated. Their one way version of "tolerance" must be rejected, condemned and repealed.

Otherwise, we have reached George Orwell's era where "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal."

Bountiful, UT

Oh, please. Freedom of speech is not dead... but we apparently have a large segment of society that believes there should be no accountability for one's words (depending on the issue, of course).

When the bottom line performance and marketshare of Mozilla became an issue because of Eich's speech, the Board and/or Eich exercised accountability. This is Business 101 - what is more important, defending the views of one employee, or the economic health of the company?

It may be that Eich and those who view things as he does feel picked on, but if the other side did not have a majority of the public's backing, they wouldn't be losing this PR war now, and they wouldn't be called to account for their previous speech.

Social understandings change and evolve. Oh, and "freedom isn't free".

Virginia Beach, VA

"Does Mozilla CEO ousting portend new era of public scrutiny?"

I doubt it.

Pressure groups have been able to influence corporate actions for quite some time.

They just have to be organized and committed. It helps if they're "loud and proud" too.

Ralph Nader was able to stop production of the Corvair over 40 years ago.

And the LGBT community was able to get this ex-Mozilla honcho terminated.

Nothing new there.


Here's a list of some companies conservatives have called for and launched boycotts against:

Girl Scouts (cookies)
Delta Air Lines
Coca Cola
Home Depot
Intercontinental Hotels
Nabisco (Ritz crackers)
Procter and Gamble
Levi Strauss

to name but a few....

Iowa, Iowa

Way back the NAACP was pressured to disclose it's' donors so that their people could face the same discrimination.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA


I noticed that your first comment has only one like. Your other three comments don't have any. Did you forget to "like" your last three comments?

I am sorry to see that you have reached your limit of 4 comments. I found them most entertaining.

Einstein was very smart when it came to physics. He was old but I don't think he was around when the Bible was written. If you accurately stated his opinion then it is just that, an opinion. I can quote all kinds of really smart people saying stupid things. Obama once said that he had visited 57 states and only had two more to visit (they wouldn't let him go to Hawaii).

I have also learned that all it takes to be guilty of hate speech is to say something that liberals hate, especially if they cannot refute it. They really hate that.

Lehi, UT

Liberal Big Brother is watching and listening....the first amendment is almost gone.

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