American Family Association Calls Attention to Liberal, Lesbian and Gay Commentators Who Say Mozilla Was Wrong
In 2008, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich made a $1,000 contribution to support
Proposition 8 in California, which made same-sex marriage in the state illegal.
More than five years later, that move cost Eich his job.
After the donation surfaced and activists targeted the company, some Mozilla
employees and outside groups called for Eich’s departure, and he resigned on
April 3. Others encouraged Internet users to find a new web browser other than
American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net)
is highlighting the fact that not only conservatives are defending Eich, but
gay activists are also talking about how vicious homosexual groups have become.
Among them are a gay columnist, a well-known liberal talk show host and an
outspoken, conservative lesbian.
“This is a case in which even the left knows that Mozilla made a
grave error in asking for the resignation of its CEO based on his views of traditional
marriage,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “There are basic tenets of freedom
in this country, outlined in the U.S. Constitution, and many agree on those no
matter their views on other social issues. This confirms what we’ve said all
along—that the homosexual agenda/lobby represents a severe threat to many of
the liberties we hold dear: religious liberty, freedom of speech and freedom of
association. These freedoms are at risk because of the radical homosexual lobby
that seeks to silence all views different from its own.”
Andrew Sullivan, a gay author and columnist, essentially accused gay
activists of quashing Eich’s First Amendment rights when he wrote, “The whole
episode disgusts me—as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and
diverse society. If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are
no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us.”
Then on his HBO talk show “Real Time” on Friday, Bill Maher, no stranger to
the liberal side of politics, said on the web-only, panel Q&A “Overtime”
segment of his program that “...there is a gay mafia. I think if you cross
them, you do get whacked. I really do.” Columnist Matt Barber remarked, “When
even Bill Maher calls #LGBT movement the ‘Gay Mafia’ you know America is recognizing
the threat of homofascism.”
Conservative radio host and author Tammy Bruce, who is also a lesbian,
bashed Mozilla via Twitter, tweeting “Hi @Mozilla,
I'm a gay woman who is appalled that you caved to the Gay Gestapo. So who else
will be pressured to leave for not conforming?” and “Hi @Mozilla libs, shouldn't you now send a
questionnaire to every employee to make sure they have the correct opinions?
After Eich’s departure, Mozilla wrote on its blog that the company “didn’t
move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. Mozilla
believes both in equality and freedom of speech ... Figuring out how to stand
for both at the same time can be hard.”
Prop 8 was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in 2010, making
same-sex marriage in California legal again.
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American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization
was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First
United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time. Since
1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original
name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to
American Family Association in 1988. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most
effective pro-family organizations in the country with more than one million
online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine. In addition,
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around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as OneMillionMoms.com that rally Christian activists to
contact companies asking them to drop their advertising from objectionable TV
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