'Diversity and tolerance brigade' prove intolerant of diverse opinion | My Turn

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Brendan Eich, the man responsible for computer programming language Javascript and the Internet browser company Mozilla, was yet another victim of the “diversity and tolerance brigade,” well, intolerance, after Eich was forced to step down as CEO of the company he helped create earlier this month.

His crime? Giving $1,000 to California’s Proposition 8 campaign in 2008, the citizen-led initiative in that state, which wrote into the state constitution that marriage was to be defined as between a man and woman.

The gay left and their allies in the tolerance and diversity brigade couldn’t countenance this though, and began an online firestorm of criticism calling for him to be fired or to step down as CEO. Eich finally conceded, and is in an apparent state of suspended animation as of this writing.

Now, were there any allegations of discrimination against Eich? No. Was there ever any evidence or allegations that the corporate culture of Mozilla was discriminatory towards gay people? Nope.

Instead, a man backed a political initiative he believed in, so apparently that makes him a hateful bigot who deserves to lose employment over his personal beliefs.

Good times.

Mozilla issued a wonderfully Orwellian response to the whole fracas, with executive chairwoman Mitchell Blake writing on Mozilla’s website: “Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.

“Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all.

“We have employees with a wide diversity of views. Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public.”

Just let that sink in for a moment.

The Eich episode was strangely reminiscent of the 2012 episode involving Chick-fil-A president and Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy daring to express, in public, that he feels marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman. Once again, there was absolutely no evidence or allegations that Cathy’s belief was part of Chick-fil-A’s corporate culture, but that didn’t stop the tolerance and diversity brigade screaming bloody murder about it.

Both the left and right coalesced around Chick-fil-A, with the left resorting to boycotts and the right showing their support by a Chick-fil-A Day, in which those who either agreed with Cathy, or agreed with the principle of Cathy having the right to express his belief, showed up in huge numbers across the country. Of course, the left essentially categorized that day as a chicken eating hate-fest, but what can you do?

Closer to home, World Vision in Federal Way butted up against much the same crowd as Eich and Cathy, although the repercussions seem to be less severe so far for the well-known Christian charity.

After announcing they would hire Christians in same-sex marriages, the organization quickly reversed the decision after long-time supporters voiced their disapproval. As reported in the Mirror and elsewhere, the upper echelon of World Vision’s management team “sent a letter to supporters saying the board had made a mistake and was returning to its policy requiring celibacy outside of marriage and faithfulness within the Bible covenant of marriage between a man and a woman.”

“We have listened to you and want to say thank you and to humbly ask for your forgiveness,” the agency said in the letter, signed by World Vision president Richard Stearns and board chairman Jim Bere.

So evil and hateful, you guys.

Regardless, the backlash, for whatever reason, hasn’t been as harsh for World Vision regarding this reversal, although readers of the Mirror and one columnist have done a bit of public shaming of them so far.

It’s worth noting, again, that the side that prides itself and holds itself as superior for its “tolerance” and “diversity” appears to be fanatically intolerant of any dissent. Bill Maher, who’s been on the side of the tolerance and diversity brigade, perhaps summed this strange dynamic of deep intolerance from certain quarters in his comments on his show “Real Time.”

“There is a gay mafia,” Maher said, “(and) if you cross them, you do get whacked.”

Ain’t this modern society of ours grand?


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