I have used Firefox for many years. I think I first downloaded it around 2006. It has been a great alternative to the train-wreck that is Internet Explorer.
However, as a Bible-believing Christian, I have been watching the events in your company with concern. Last week, right after you forced Mr. Eich to resign, you said, “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.”
What you fail to note is that whenever there’s a controversy, there are at least two sides to it. By taking the actions you took, you have shown exactly where you stand on this issue. You have told me (and the millions of other Americans who believe as I do that marriage is between a man and a woman only) that my beliefs don’t matter.
What’s more, you told the world that you believe it’s wrong NOT to make sure that people toe the party line insofar as their personal beliefs go. By attempting to show that your company doesn’t discriminate, YOU JUST DID. You showed that you are perfectly willing to discriminate on the basis of personal beliefs. What makes this so ironic is that in the same press release, you said that you support equality for all. You forgot to add “…except for those who disagree with us.”
Do you recognize how absurd that is? It’s like saying “We are tolerant of all people who agree with us.” That’s not tolerance at all!
What SHOULD you have done? You should have realized that this is a divisive issue, with good people on both sides. You should have realized that by taking a stand on gay marriage, you were going to alienate a large percentage of your customer base. You should NOT have used a person’s private beliefs as a litmus test for employability.
You have the right to take a stand for homosexuality and against Christians. You have the right, just as much as Chick-fil-A has the right to stand with Christians against homosexuality. But just as they received criticism and lost support from the homosexual lobby, so you must expect to lose support from Christians.
As a result, I am deleting your browser. I will no longer recommend that others use Firefox, because now Firefox stands for oppression. Firefox stands for groupthink. Firefox stands against God.
That is not a position I am willing to take.