Friday, April 04, 2014

Human Sacrifice
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The gods of gayness are angry, and demand a sacrifice. Mozilla has obliged:
Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.
Apparently the standard on which Mozilla prides itself is absolute conformity of thinking, and punishment of those who dare to defy the Zeitgeist. But when the gods are angry, they must be propitiated.
We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better.
We forgot that freedom of thought was not supposed to exist at Mozilla, and didn’t remember fact enough. Self-flagellation will begin immediately.
Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community.
We built an auto da fe in the company atrium, and Brendan was gracious enough to jump right into it.
Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.
Mozilla believes in freedom of speech. Feel free to exercise it on the unemployment line.
Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all.
You are welcome to any opinions you like, as long as we approve of them. We believe that all people who think just like we do are equal, while everyone else is welcome to work for Google.
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.
I’m sorry, there’s more, but I just ate dinner, and I can feel the bile rising. Mozilla obviously belongs to the IngSoc School of Political Doubletalk. Orwell would be proud.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, no, they never mention what the whole brouhaha was about. Because, transparency and stuff.
On this page, you will find a list of Mozilla products. Until Mozilla decides to respect the First Amendment, I will never use any of their products or recommend them.

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