From Mozilla’s press release:
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (April 24, 2014) — The Mozilla Foundation today announced the appointment of rancher and family-man Cliven Bundy as the organization’s new CEO.
Bundy’s appointment followed the promotion, and then resignation, of longtime Mozilla board member Brendan Eich to run the foundation that oversees the Firefox Web browser, among other technology projects.
Eich resigned after it was discovered that he donated $1,000 in support of Proposition 8, the campaign that repealed the civil right of marriage for gays in California, and was intended to dissolve 18,000 already-performed legal weddings of gay couples.
“With the elevation of Cliven Bundy as our new chief executive officer, Mozilla strikes a clear blow for freedom of speech and the tolerance of diversity,” Mozilla communications director Ted Nugent said.
“No longer will a man be judged by his political beliefs, regardless of how repugnant they are to an intolerant minority,” Nugent added.
Bundy, who has been in a years-long standoff with the federal government over grazing land in the southwest, that he has basically been squatting on illegally, caused a stir this week during a press conference in which he seemed to suggest that African-Americans were better off under slavery:
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” [Bundy] said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
Gay conservatives, who penned a public letter to express their outrage over Brendan Eich’s resignation, were elated over the news that a racist, pro-slavery seditionist had garnered a place at the helm of one America’s most important high-tech foundations.
“There isn’t a cotton-picking thing wrong with Cliven Bundy heading a major American corporation,” said Roy Cohn, a spokesman for the gay GOP coalition. “While Bundy appears to support slavery, he has given no indication of any present intent to enslave Mozilla’s Negro employees.”
Cohn continued: “There was an eagerness by some opponents of slavery to punish rather than to criticize or to persuade those who disagree. We reject that deeply illiberal impulse, which is both wrong in principle and poor as politics.
“The Civil War was about freedom and equality for all. The best and most free society is one that allows the largest number to live true to their core beliefs and identities. It is a society that allows its members to speak their minds and shape their own aspirations.
“The natural consequence of true liberty is diversity. Unless a society can figure out a way to reach perfect agreement, conflicting views will be inevitable. Any effort to impose conformity, through government or any other means, by punishing the misguided for believing incorrectly will impoverish society intellectually and oppress it politically.
“The test of our commitment to liberal principles is not our eagerness to hear ideas we share, but our willingness to consider seriously those we oppose.”
(In all fairness to Mozilla, they handled the Eich situation well, so this isn’t meant as a criticism of them. It is however meant as a criticism of all those who defended Brendan Eich’s “freedom of speech,” yet now are roundly criticizing Cliven Bundy for also being a bigot.)
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