Our View: New era of zero tolerance

Posted: April 7, 2014

OK, let’s see if we have this straight: Because Mozilla is such a diverse, tolerant, and (get this) “inclusive” outfit — or, rather, in order to preserve its carefully manicured reputation for having a “big, open, and messy . . . culture of openness and inclusion” — it simply had to pressure its ideologically errant CEO into resigning, all on account of a private contribution he made to a political cause six years ago?

And what was it that Cole Porter wrote a generation or two ago in “Anything Goes” — that “the world has gone mad today, and good’s bad today, and black’s white today, and day’s night today . . .”?

We refuse to tumble into the standard conservative trap by maintaining the Silicon Valley IT firm exceeded its rights as a private corporation by forcing its co-founder into an early exit. CEOs in such companies have been terminated, or compelled to take a walk, for myriad reasons over time. Nothing illegal, to the best of our knowledge, transpired at Mozilla, but that’s not the point, now is it?

The Mozilla mob’s hounding of Brendan Eich exposes the firm — nay, Leftist America, for the most part — for the hypocritical agent of intolerance that it is. Yes, Mr. Eich did send a $1,000 contribution in support of California’s Proposition 8 — the initiative to ban same-sex marriage — at a time when a majority of Americans (even the man elected president that same year, 2008) hewed to this view. But, as a Mozilla executive, he was all but silent on the issue and never discriminated against — or showed any outward hostility toward — homosexual or trans-gendered employees. Yet, because of that one check, he simply had to go. Exemplary achievement and bonhomie, as displayed over time, were no longer valued by a community that prides itself on “tolerance” as well as excellence in the browser field. Unbelievable — and unbelievably shameful. Arrant self-absorption, it seems, never comes with internal phony sensors.

It is telling — tellingly ironic, that is — that Mr. Eich, before he departed, wished for Mozilla to “remain a place that includes and supports everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, economic status, or religion.” He had to know these words did not — and could not, in a Potemkin “culture of openness” — apply to him.

Welcome to the new era of zero tolerance. Welcome to the new Inquisition.