I think that I'll get me a browser that doesn't care about my political views
As I keep telling some of my liberal friends, I am a lot more concerned about minority unemployment, more women unemployed in the latest jobs report, lousy city public schools run by the teachers' unions in bed with Democrats and President Obama's weak foreign policy.
All of the aforementioned issues, and a few others like President Obama's indifference toward Latin America, are a lot higher on my list than same sex marriage.
At the same time, should we see this kind of intolerance in the US? We should not!
Today, we learned that Brendan Eich, co-founder of Mozilla, is out because of his views on same sex marriage.
This is wrong and it's time for many to get over their intolerance, as The Heritage Foundation said Friday:
"The outrageous treatment of Eich is the result of one private, personal campaign contribution to support marriage as a male-female union, a view affirmed at the time by President Barack Obama, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, and countless other prominent officials.
After all, Prop 8 passed with the support of 7 million California voters.
So was President Obama a bigot back when he supported marriage as the union of a man and woman? And is characterizing political disagreement on this issue—no matter how thoughtfully expressed—as hate speech really the way to find common ground and peaceful co-existence?
Sure, the employees of Mozilla—which makes Firefox, the popular Internet browser— have the right to protest a CEO they dislike, for whatever reason. But are they treating their fellow citizens with whom they disagree civilly?
Must every political disagreement be a capital case regarding the right to stand in civil society?
When Obama “evolved” on the issue just over a year ago, he insisted that the debate about marriage was legitimate. He said there are people of goodwill on both sides.
Supporters of marriage as we’ve always understood it (a male-female union) “are not coming at it from a mean-spirited perspective,” Obama explained. “They’re coming at it because they care about families.”
And “a bunch of ‘em are friends of mine,” the president added. “… you know, people who I deeply respect.”
Yet disrespect and intolerance seem increasingly to be the norm.
For the forces that have worked for 20 years to redefine marriage to include same-sex unions, a principal strategy has been cultural intimidation—bullying others by threatening the stigma of being “haters” and “bigots.”"
This is wrong and it will divide the country even more. I don't often agree with Andrew Sullivan but he is right:
"The whole episode disgusts me – as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society.
If this is the gay rights movement today – hounding their opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else – then count me out."
I don't know about you but I'm going to find me a browser that doesn't care about my politics.
Should we say "no thanks" and use another program? I just did!