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Contact: Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716
April 14, 2014
Leading Pro-Gay Advocates Denounce Mozilla CEO Forced Exit
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 Mozilla’s Firefox.  

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? Chop chop!” 

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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To interview a representative from American Family Association, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096. 

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, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio banner. 

Other divisions of AFA include American Family Radio, the AFA Foundation and OneNewsNow.com, an online news provider that is syndicated 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 shows. AFA websites average over 6 million unique visitors and 44 million hits per year. AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute, Christian voice throughout America.   

 


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