Comments on Mozilla Firefox reflect that the ouster of CEO Brendan Eich is not exactly going over well with the general public. In the past day alone, the website has received over 13,000 comments, with the vast majority expressing anger over the decision.
At the time of this writing, this screenshot reflects the most recent comments, which gives the reader a clear indication of the tone of the posts from the past few days:
This screenshot is reflective of comments made in the past few days.
“We have employees with a wide diversity of views. Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public. This is meant to distinguish Mozilla from most organizations and hold us to a higher standard. But this time we failed to listen, to engage, and to be guided by our community.”
Brendan Eich was labeled as anti-gay once his support for traditional marriage became known to the public. A $1,000 donation Eich made in support of Proposition 8 in 2008 has been haunting him for years. The donation resurfaced after Eich was named CEO of Mozilla, prompting a witch hunt led by Rarebit app developer Hampton Catlin and dating site OKCupid.
Mozilla has every right to fire an employee for any reason.
However, individuals who use Mozilla also have every right to steer clear of an organization that preaches tolerance, but practices tolerance only for certain viewpoints.