Several Mozilla employees staged a protest when Eich was hired due to his personal view that gay marriage should not be legalized within California. Soon after, other companies organized a boycott of the organization’s Firefox web browser. But now that Eich is gone, all is still not well.
Religious and politically conservative groups have taken to Mozilla’s public feedback page to submit loads of negative comments about the company’s decision to push Eich out of office because of his views on homosexuality.
Of course, the main point of contention I’m reading from these groups isn’t about whether being gay is morally wrong, but rather that Mozilla doesn’t support free speech.
Here’s an example of the negative feedback being left by Eich’s departure at Mozilla:
“Bullies. Forcing out your CEO because of his religious beliefs? You make me sick. Intolerant, hypocritical, hatemongering, words fail to describe completely your utter failure as an organization in upholding ideals of tolerance, conscience, and freedom. I am deeply saddened by your intolerance, shamed by your failure to uphold your own ideals, disgusted by your actions.”
That said, the “Mozilla isn’t tolerant of free speech” argument is a much more valid point than any anti-gay sentiment. Because of this, there’s now a growing movement to boycott the service, complete with a “#nozilla” hashtag trending on Twitter.
Standing up for equal rights for gay people is indeed a noble cause, but I’d imagine those that initially called for Eich’s resignation didn’t anticipate this kind of reaction. And now, Mozilla is firmly entrenched in politics regardless of whether it wants to be.