Gay Marriage vs. JavaScript

The Mozilla employees protesting Eich have contributed little or nothing to compare.


Unlike most CEO's in the tech industry, Brendan Eich's credentials are unimpeachable. If there's anyone who deserves to head Mozilla, it's Eich, whose work at Netscape was pivotal not only to that browser, but to all browsers.

Eich developed Javascript which changed the internet as we know it. Or to put it another way, Eich has done more to shape the internet than the vast majority of his critics. He played a major role in achieving browser diversity through Mozilla. Without him, it would be all too easy to envision a world in which we were all using a clunky copy of Internet Explorer and dealing with even clunkier proprietary Microsoft technology.

But all of this somehow matters less than a pro-family donation by Eich back in 2008. In Wikipedia, the donation occupies 5 lines while his work on Javascript only occupies two.

The Mozilla employees protesting Eich have contributed little or nothing to compare. We've got James McAvoy, Jessica Klein and Chloe Varelidi of Mozilla Open Badges (what? Exactly) and a few non-technical people who are very "passionate" about things.

What does gay rights have to do with Mozilla? Nothing. No gay people at Mozilla have come forward to say that Eich has been mean to them. Only that his views make it unacceptable for him to be CEO of a Foundation that he helped create.

The politicization of everything is the left's toxic tool. The campaign against Eich says that people should be fired for their religious beliefs if those beliefs don't accord with gay marriage.

It's that simple.

Worse still, Brendan Eich is being penalized for holding the same way on gay marriage in 2008 as Obama did in 2008. "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage."

That was Obama. Not Eich.

No one is calling for firing CEOs who gave Obama money in 2008.

But if the choice has to be between Javascript and gay marriage, it's easy to see which has contributed more good.