Tuesday, April 08, 2014

OKCupid CEO Made Donations to Anti-Gay Campaign
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It is more or less a tenet of the law that we are held accountable for our actions when they cause foreseeable harm to others.  If you are driving a car that you allow to plow into someone walking down the street, the law calls for you to be held accountable.  Last month, the website OKCupid launched a lynchmob style attack on the new CEO (and co-founder) of Mozilla.  His terrible crime?  He supported a group that is not popular with the far left.  For that terrible crime, he was hounded out of his position at a company he helped found.  Examples of the outrage included employees horrified at the thought of working for someone who supported a group they opposed.  Personally, I found it rather odd that these employees could not bear to be “tainted” by one donation Eich made but were perfectly happy to continue to take home a nice paycheck from a company whose very foundation owes itself to the intellectual insight of that same man.  Now we find that the CEO of OKCupid made a financial donation to a *gasp* conservative politician who opposed those things held sacred by the far left!  Oh pot that calleth thy kettle black.  The entire episode stinks of the hypocrisy we so often see in Washington or even Tennessee where Algore’s footprint splatters carbon all over the place.
But there’s a hitch: OkCupid’s co-founder and CEO Sam Yagan once donated to an anti-gay candidate. (Yagan is also CEO of Match.com.) Specifically, Yagan donated $500 to Rep. Chris Cannon (R-Utah) in 2004, reports Uncrunched. During his time as congressman from 1997 to 2009, Cannon voted for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, against a ban on sexual-orientation based job discrimination, and for prohibition of gay adoptions.
He’s also voted for numerous anti-choice measures, earning a 0 percent rating from NARAL Pro Choice America. Among other measures, Cannon voted for laws prohibiting government from denying funds to medical facilities that withhold abortion information, stopping minors from crossing state lines to obtain an abortion, and banning family planning funding in US aid abroad. Cannon also earned a 7 percent rating from the ACLU for his poor civil rights voting record: He voted to amend FISA to allow warrant-less electronic surveillance, to allow NSA intelligence gathering without civil oversight, and to reauthorize the PATRIOT act.
Was Yagan’s donation a crime or even slightly wrong?  Of course not.  Should he be hounded out of his job and into public disgrace for the donation?  Of course not.  But this is not about the donation.  It is about advancing an agenda.  An agenda deemed so important that the personal lives of those who even think of standing in the way are of no import to those sounding the advance.  Only time will tell if Yagan will have the courage of his convictions and fall upon the sword he yielded so brutally and intentionally against another man.

Will Mozilla now demand that users of its software resign their membership in OKCupid and Match.com?

Et tu, Cupid?

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