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Mozilla’s Orwellian Defense Of Their Intolerance

Here is the Orwellian defense of their intolerance, via the Mozilla Blog:

Brendan Eich Steps Down as Mozilla CEO

By Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman | April 3, 2014

Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.

We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better.

Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community.

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.

What does any of this gobbledygook even mean? It is just invincible ignorance parading as some kind of moral wisdom.

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.


This is meant to distinguish Mozilla from most organizations and hold us to a higher standard. But this time we failed to listen, to engage, and to be guided by our community.

Meaning, the basement dwelling buffoons on Twitter, who jump at any chance to engage in a campaign personal destruction.

While painful, the events of the last week show exactly why we need the web. So all of us can engage freely in the tough conversations we need to make the world better.

Actually,  we take it back. This is beyond Orwellian.

We need to put our focus back on protecting that Web.

From people who might express opinions that differ from ours.

And doing so in a way that will make you proud to support Mozilla.

What’s next for Mozilla’s leadership is still being discussed. We want to be open about where we are in deciding the future of the organization and will have more information next week. However, our mission will always be to make the Web more open so that humanity is stronger, more inclusive and more just: that’s what it means to protect the open Web.

We will emerge from this with a renewed understanding and humility — our large, global, and diverse community is what makes Mozilla special, and what will help us fulfill our mission. We are stronger with you involved.

Thank you for sticking with us.

While we stick it to anyone we disagree with. Big time.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 4th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Mozilla’s Orwellian Defense Of Their Intolerance”

  1. canary says:

    True resume example from someone seeking to be the new CEO.

    “I hated and opposed that ballot initiative. That same year, in fact, I spent more time arguing in favor of gay marriage than any other issue. In private, I tried to persuade various family members and acquaintances that they ought to cast ballots against Proposition 8. At Culture11, a now-defunct web magazine where I worked, my boss Joe Carter and I went countless rounds during spirited intra-office debates about whether there was, in fact, a strong conservative case for gay marriage, a position that I maintained and that he rejected. And I published a lot of pro-gay marriage commentary for public consumption.

    Discussing the issue with such frequency, in public and private, as far back as 2003 or 2004, I’ve had many occasions to observe that an individual’s position on the policy question turns out to be a flawed proxy for his or her attitude toward gays and lesbians. Gay-marriage supporters may have been more likely to be tolerant of gays. But I encountered people who’d say things like, “Look, I don’t want gays looking at me in the shower at the gym, but why should I care if they want to marry each other?” And I also encountered gay-marriage opponents who were, apart from opposing marriage equality, model parents to gay sons or daughters, exceptionally supportive to gay friends, and wonderful bosses to gay subordinates. This will seem perfectly rational to some readers and weirdly inconsistent to others. (For the latter, note that people are often weirdly inconsistent.) “

  2. yadayada says:

    wow !! big surprise that I have something in common with mozzila’s statement – I also accept contributions from everyone regardless of blahblahblah…..
    please send me all the money you can.

    ok mozi, let’s see just how inclusive you are – I say NAMBLA should start a twitter campaign against mozilla and see what happens.

  3. BillK says:

    The next step will be Firefox refusing to load sites that don’t align with their principles, the same way I expect Apple’s Safari will soon refuse to load global warming “denier” sites at Tim Cook’s direction.

  4. spiffy says:

    Oh Boy, Now we are at the mercy of Apple and google for so called non-tracking browsers.

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