On Thursday, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigned thanks to pressure by both the company infrastructure and the left over a $1,000 donation he made to Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot initiative that would have enshrined traditional marriage as the standard for state marriage in California.
The firing followed a campaign against Eich by dating website OKCupid, in which OKCupid blocked Mozilla users from visiting their website, instead directing them to a message declaring:
Hello, there, Mozilla Firefox user. Pardon this interruption of your OKCupid experience. Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OKCupid…
If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we’ve worked so hard to bring about would be illegal…Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure.”
Mozilla and Eich have never discriminated against gay couples. Mozilla’s firing of Eich, however, represents discrimination on the basis of conservative philosophy. That is the case being made by conservative anti-media activist group TruthRevolt.org, led by Breitbart News senior editor-at-large Ben Shapiro. On Thursday evening, TruthRevolt.org launched a petition urging Americans to stop using Mozilla, as well as a Facebook page.
Furthermore, Shapiro announced that TruthRevolt.org would strike back at Mozilla by blocking its Firefox browser. Visitors to TruthRevolt.org using Mozilla are now met by the following message:
Pardon this interruption of your TruthRevolt experience. Mozilla recently forced its CEO, Brendan Eich, to resign over his personal support for traditional marriage. The firing followed a vicious smear campaign against Eich by dating website OKCupid, in which OKCupid blocked Mozilla users from visiting their website.
We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access TruthRevolt, given Mozilla’s crackdown on political and religious positions held by millions of Americans.
To sign our petition vowing to uninstall or cease using Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla users can still click here.
Going forward we urge you to consider a different web browser for accessing TruthRevolt.org.
Here are a few alternatives:
Shapiro explained to Breitbart News, “The hypocrites who seek to bully and destroy the lives of those with whom they disagree must be held to their own standards of conduct. Our organization seeks to create mutually assured destruction: if the left is going to bully conservatives into silence, we will punch back twice as hard. The minute leftists recognize free speech principles apply to everyone, not just selectively to those on the left, we will be happy to cease using leftist tactics. Until then, civility is a waste of breath.”
Shapiro continued, “Andrew Breitbart’s mission was more voices, not less. If the right sits idly by while the left bludgeons conservatives into silence, we will get precisely the opposite. Mutually assured destruction is the name of the game. There is only one thing worse than using leftist tactics: watching the left do it and win while we decry their poor sportsmanship. We hope other conservative websites will join our cause.”