Brendan Eich, Fired From Mozilla for Defending Marriage, Has a Brave New Web Browser

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By Michael Brown Published on August 26, 2016

Do you remember the name Brendan Eich?

If you’re internet savvy, you know him as the creator of JavaScript, the ubiquitous programming language, and you know him as the co-founder of Mozilla, which developed the Firefox browser. That makes him somewhat of a tech legend, and his legend will only increase with the release of his new browser, called Brave, which includes some cutting-edge enhancements. (More on that shortly.)

You’ll also remember his name if you’ve been following the culture wars, since Eich was forced to resign as the CEO of Mozilla in 2014 because he committed the cardinal sin of donating $1,000 to California’s Proposition 8 in 2008. (Proposition 8 was the pro-family bill that limited marriage to the union of one man and one woman.)

How dare he act in such an unenlightened way! said his enlightened employees at Mozilla. How dare he be so small-minded and exclusivistic! said his broad-minded and inclusivistic peers. (Sarcasm fully intended.) Surely a man like this is not worthy to be among us at Mozilla.

In reality, in all his years at Mozilla, no one had ever accused him of acting in a bigoted way, and the influential gay journalist Andrew Sullivan commented that “there is not a scintilla of evidence that he has ever discriminated against a single gay person at Mozilla” and so the whole episode “should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society.”

But the outrage against Eich was too intense, and he was forced out. So much for tolerance and diversity.

What makes this all the more ironic is that in 2008, when Eich donated his $1,000 (a paltry sum when compared to the millions given to gay activist causes by tech leaders like Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Tim Cook of Apple), candidate Barack Obama unequivocally stated that, for him as a professing Christian, marriage was the sacred union of a man and woman, and he rejected gay marriage outright. (At least, that was his public stance.) The majority of California voters supported Proposition 8 as well, meaning that Eich took the same position as did incoming President Obama and the majority of Californians who voted.

But in the hyper-PC world of Mozilla, Eich’s support of natural, male-female marriage was utterly intolerable. Homophobes like Eich must go.

There were, to be sure, a number of prominent gay and straight leaders who voiced their opposition to this, calling for truly tolerant attitudes and signing a “Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Dissent” document. But the reaction against them was harsh.

As expressed by gay activist John Becker, “But our culture doesn’t treat other forms of bigotry with ‘respect’ and ‘tolerance.’ To the contrary, prejudices like sexism, racism and anti-Semitism are overwhelmingly regarded with revulsion and scorn — because society has rightfully decided that these toxic social evils deserve to be shamed and stigmatized, and that sexists, racists and anti-Semites no longer deserve a seat at the table of civil discourse. The lesson of the Brendan Eich controversy is that the public is increasingly ready to add homophobes to that list.”

Yes, Becker continued, “if Brendan Eich had donated to a white supremacist or neo-Nazi group, would you make similar pleas for ‘serious consideration’ of and ‘vigorous public debate’ about the merits of those ‘dissenting’ views? Would you work so hard to uphold the fiction that two morally equivalent sides exist on issues like racism and sexism and anti-Semitism?”

“Or is it just homophobic bigotry that deserves this special form of ‘tolerance?’”

Put another way, unless you celebrate and support all the goals of LGBT activism, you will be branded an intolerant bigot, and if you dare to support a conservative family cause, you will be outed, shamed and deprived of a livelihood, being deemed no better than a racist, a Nazi or an anti-Semite.

Thankfully for Brendan Eich, despite this serious professional and personal setback, he continued to ply his trade, now as the founder, president and CEO of Brave Software, and developer of the new Brave web browser, which blocks those ever-present internet ads and trackers and greatly enhances web browsing speed. And how appropriate that it is named Brave!

You can download it for yourself on your computer, tablet, or smartphone at Brave.com. (I already downloaded it and am quite impressed with how it works. And like other browsers, it’s free.)

Give it a try, and show your appreciation to Eich for being brave enough to keep doing what he is so gifted at doing, despite being faced with a flood of intolerance and bigotry within this supposedly enlightened high-tech industry.

I think you’ll like the logo too: a lion, majestic mane and all.

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  • Cowboy

    The LGBT people will continue to try and force everyone to bow down to their beliefs and way of life. I pray for them because at some point they will be forced to bow before Jesus. And they will have to answer for their ways.

  • Packer Backer

    What bugs me about the entire LGBTABCDEFG groups is that they abuse tolerance to the point of being intolerant.
    It’s much like the Dutch who are some of the most tolerant people in the world, allowed in Muslims who are now abusing the Dutch people’s tolerance to turn the country into a 7th century intolerant society.

    I used to be extremely tolerant of gays, but their activists have turned me into their enemy. I’ll now fight them every step of the way.

    • Olaf

      the entire LGBTACDEFHIJKMNOPQRTUVWXYZ groups, you mean. They contain all rainbow colors of alphabet, of course without the S, which stands fro straight.

    • Revelation 13:17

      Read it because we’re living it.

      • Anduin Arilan

        Like we were living in it in 2012, or how about 1999, or 1944, or 1913, or 1666, or 999?

        • In all of those other years that you mention, were people being forced out of the marketplace for refusing to compromise the truth of their faith in God?

          I wrote what i wrote because I meant what I wrote. You can question, criticize, and even ridicule all you want to, but no matter how much you do, it will not change the FACT that that Scripture passage is being fulfilled as we type.

          • Anduin Arilan

            Don’t get me wrong, noone should be fired for their personal beliefs, so long as those personal beliefs don’t piss off your bosses, which is pretty bad for job security. And I also believe he shouldn’t have been fired.

            Ill assume your a bit older than I am, but lets come back in, ehhhh, lets say 20 years and see if we are all sporting marks to purchase things outright and exclusively. Would you be willing to wager?

            I know I would, the odds would be in my favor. Crypto-currencies, barter, yard sales. Were not small amounts of people either. And I quote “so that NO ONE could buy or sell unless he had the mark — the name of the beast or the number of its name”, from the word of God delivered by the apostle John. Infallible.

            You can believe what you wish, and thats fine, but dont try and change the FACT that we’ve heard about this over the last 2000 years and yet… hasnt happened yet. From multiple people representing multiple religions and denominations who were wrong. Hell, it even took 3000 years for God to intervene during the time of Noah.

            Or do I need to post them individually, the people prophesying the end of days from 100 AD?

            Maybe John just wrote the first abstract fiction book.

          • 2 Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

  • Cori Sayer-Porter

    Love the lion… was appalled at the treatment of Eich over a paltry $1000. Sick of how you can have an opinion as long as you don’t hurt someone’s feelings or disagree with anyone. PC is not the way to be.

  • RoundRocker

    The headline is false and you know it. Brendan Eichs wasn’t fired. Why such a sensationalistic headline when in the body of the article you indicate you are aware of the fact that he resigned? I am also aware that you support boycotts and backlash against people who don’t agree with you, but when the other side does it, you’re incensed. Double standard much?

    • Patmos

      Forced to resign and fired are pretty much the same thing, but there you go trying to make an issue where there is none, part of The LGBT Movement’s modus operandi.

      • RoundRocker

        I didn’t “make an issue”. I called out the headline as being false, which it is and Mr Brown knows it.

        • tjk28025

          What a drama “queen”.

          • RoundRocker

            Yes he is.

        • Mo86

          It’s not false. Now, address the ISSUE, which is the endless bullying of the Rainbow Crowd.

          You know you cannot and will not. We will NOT submit. Do you hear me?

    • Pooua

      I read the news when this was happening. There was a public outcry denouncing Brendan Eichs because he had donated money to advance Proposition 8. His resignation was directly due to the pro-LGBT attacks lodged against Mozilla.

    • Mo86

      He was forced out.

      Now, address the actual CONTENT of this article, instead of playing games with words. (Typical liberal tactic.)

      You know you will not.

  • James Chilton

    Widespead acceptance of “homophobic bigotry” as a sin for which there is no forgiveness, is a measure of how effective the brainwashing of LGBT zealots has become.

  • Zebman

    Great job, as always! I will definitely download the Browser and encourage others to do so as well. Mozilla will be duly disabled.

  • RightSideUp

    I’m in for Brave. Ditched FF and have been using Pale Moon since that fiasco in protest.

    • Patriot077

      I’m using duckduckgo. You must have missed the search engine options. If you go to the “search” tab in the settings, a list of search engines pops up, including duck which can be checked as your default search engine.
      You can always type the first few letters of another search engine in the url if you don’t like duck. (I’m not a google fan, either)
      I’m impressed with Brave so far.

      • Shaune Scott

        Thanks for the tip about DuckDuckGo.

        • Patriot077

          You’re welcome! I like the browser so far.

  • Jeff Johnson

    Just downloaded Brave, looks very good, gonna try it.

  • Ian Hausser

    I`m in for Brave, mostly because you had the courage to keep going and to support what`s morally correct in God`s eyes. Blessings from Texas.

  • BCSWowbagger

    I first came to Brave for Brendan Eich. But I stayed for the lightning-fast browse speeds.

  • Olaf

    Just did it. Will see how it is.

  • Royce E. Van Blaricome

    Good article. Going to download Brave when I finish this. Now, can we PLEASE get somebody to create an alternative choice to Facebook so we can leave their Atheist, Homofascist, Christian bashing/harassing, God-hating site to the trolls. Then Christian Post, Alliance Defending Freedom, Franklin Graham, and other Christian sites can leave FB or choose to stay and just feed the trolls. But at least the rest of us won’t have to put up with the venomous, vile, vitriolic, and vulgar comments that CLEARLY violate FB’s “Community Standards” and then read how they don’t when reported to FB.

  • Jerry Ray Baskerville

    STRONG WORK!

  • Craig Clark

    Thank you for mentioning that there were some gay people that were opposed to his firing. Every community has good people and no community has perfect ones. We need to keep that in mind if we want to preserve the civil discourse in our society. I have downloaded brave and I’m about to uninstall firefox.

  • CTW

    Excellent article. Downloading.

  • Gray Hodge

    Great browser, I’m all in.

  • Jim Walker

    supporting BRAVE outside of the USA !

  • SCANNERMAN

    Canada salutes you. Using the browser as I type. It looks to have much promise. (Fingers crossed) Especially good to see access to D D GO search engine is an option here. It will be nice to have open access to the WWW once again. Good work! 🙂

  • Stephen DeNagy

    What a great story and a great browser! Thanks for the heads up! A Browser Aslan would be proud of, VERY fast! For kicks, try looking at the wild WND website through Brave…you can actually READ the silly thing!

  • What a bunch of fascist losers at Mozilla. These bigots ought to be utterly ashamed of themselves.
    First time I heard of this travesty. They just lost a long time – since the start – Firefox supporter. And good riddance, there are so many other great browsers out there now. Better and faster. I do not support hateful intolerance and ugly hypocrisy like that. Goodbye Mozilla, the brain dead liberal gorilla.

  • Dagg

    I tried it and it works perfectly. Same news sites downolad several times faster, no ads. Nirvana. I am afraid industry will block this brave software because it will destroy their annoying way of earning.

  • Redd

    I’m using Brave because I like Eich and don’t like liberal fascists. Or so-called “gay” fascists either.

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