Mozilla makes the world a better place

Mozilla makes the world a better place

Of all the cheap thrills that life affords, self-righteousness is one of the grossest: A moment on the lips, forever on the hips, with a moral weight for which the only relief is repentance.

The boys of online dating site OkCupid should be feeling the bloat right now. Their site played a role in last week’s purge of Mozilla’s Brendan Eich, when they hectored visitors to stop using the Firefox browser because Mr. Eich donated money to a 2008 California referendum in favor of reserving marriage for a man and woman. Ranted OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder: “Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure.”

Uh huh. It will be more of a lasting benefit to society to repudiate OkCupid’s marketing stunt than it ever was to hound Mr. Eich from his job. Hampton Catlin, a noted developer who had criticized Mozilla, has already publicly regretted the outcome. Andrew Sullivan, a blogger and pioneering same-sex marriage campaigner, pronounced his disgust with the intolerance shown Mr. Eich.

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