Citizen Link 8 April 2014
The “resignation” of short-time Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has been eye-opening for many. How can a $1,000 donation in support of marriage eight years ago get him kicked out? The story serves to highlight an agenda that has always been in play, but is just now coming into full view.
It started with gay-identified individuals asking for understanding as they “came out of the closet.” Then civil unions were called for, but that wasn’t enough. Redefining marriage, they said, was necessary – a matter of equality. Along the way, anyone who disagreed was branded as a bigot or a homophobe. But that wasn’t the final measure.
Conservative columnist and author Michael Brown wrote about the ultimate goal in his 2011 book A Queer Thing Happened to America.
“Corporate America will embrace every aspect of non-heterosexuality (including bisexuality, transgender and beyond),” he wrote, “calling for the dismissal of those who refuse to follow suit – and religious groups will no longer be allowed to view homosexual practice as immoral, branding such opposition as ‘hate speech.’”
This week Brown recalled those predictions in an article for Townhall.
“Yes, all this was written before the Mozilla debacle (which was justified, absurdly, in the name of being ‘inclusive, safe, and welcoming to all’),” he wrote. “I hate to say it, but I told you so.”
Now it appears that those who believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman will be fired, silenced and relegated to the sidelines of society. Robby George, a Princeton professor, said the Mozilla story makes it clear that Catholics, Evangelicals, Eastern Orthodox, Orthodox Jews, Mormons and Muslims’ views will no longer be tolerated.
“You are disqualified from employment, however, if you reveal your alleged ‘bigotry’ and ‘cause pain’ by stating your convictions,” he said. “And you are certainly disqualified if you do anything to advance the historic understanding of marriage.”
Heritage Fellow and blogger Ryan Anderson found that out when the Anscombe Society at Stanford University invited him and other conservative speakers to a conference entitled “Communicating Values.” Gay activists complained and at least one student said she felt “unsafe.” The college attempted to impose fees on the conference, claiming a lack of funding for it and tried other methods to get the Anscombe Society to abandon its plans.
“I lectured at Stanford’s Law School last year,” tweeted Anderson. “No one’s safety was harmed in the process.”
When the speakers offered to put up the money to fund the conference, the university backed off. The conference was held this weekend – and no one was hurt.
Even those who are ideologically in favor of same-sex marriage find Mozilla’s actions distasteful. Openly-gay journalist Andrew Sullivan called it disgusting.