‘Hello there, Mozilla Firefox user. Pardon this interruption of your OkCupid experience. Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid. Politics is normally not the business of a website, and we all know there’s a lot more wrong with the world than misguided CEOs. So you might wonder why we’re asserting ourselves today. This is why: we’ve devoted the last ten years to bringing people—all people—together. If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we’ve worked so hard to bring about would be illegal. Equality for gay relationships is personally important to many of us here at OkCupid. But it’s professionally important to the entire company. OkCupid is for creating love. Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure.’
What would have happened if Eich was a homosexual that donated to a political group that supported same-sex marriage?
The hypocrisy became more obvious when records showed Sam Yagan, the co-founder of OkCupid made a $500 donation to Congressman Chris Cannon in 2004 who The Human Rights Campaign gave a 0% rating on supporting gay rights. Congressman Cannon also voted, No, on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation, No, on gay adoptions and supported a constitutional amendment defining marriage as man/woman only.
Wouldn’t it be absurd to judge Yagan based on a single donation to a politician known for his unsporting votes for gays many years ago? But this is exactly what Yagan and OkCupid did to Eich.
Gay votes and laws often make the headlines. President Vladimir Putin had to reassure a group of journalists that athletes and spectators wouldn’t have a problem at the Sochi Olympics after questions on Russia’s “gay propaganda” law and security were raised.
“It seems to me that the bill we adopted does not hurt anybody. Moreover, people of non-traditional sexual orientation cannot feel like inferior people here, because there is no professional, career or social discrimination against them, by the way.”
Putin was baffled by those questions and stated that homosexuality was a criminal offense in 70 countries around the world. However, in Russia, where it was not illegal, activists made Putin look anti-gay and give Russia the trophy for the most anti-gay country on the planet.
“Homosexuality is a criminal offense in 70 countries… It is still a criminal offense in some states of the United States, for instance in Texas, and may be in other three states,” Putin said. “Why does nobody speak about this and why do they speak about us, though we do not have criminal liability for this?”
Although there were widespread protests over the decision to hold the Olympic Games in Russia, Gay rights activists in 19 cities across the world spoke out against the Russian Orthodox, Christian State.
Coverage from the Big Three network’s interesting spotlighted an American freestyle skier, David Wise, who won gold at the games. Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist website called out NBC for its characterisation of the Olympic skier as living an “alternative lifestyle” because Wise is 23, married, had a young daughter and was a Christian.
“Isn’t it fascinating that NBC views a man taking care of his wife and daughter as an alternative lifestyle? I’m glad David Wise won gold, but if this is any indication of media views on normalcy, our society is pretty much doomed.”
What if a homosexual Olympic athlete’s lifestyle was publicly labelled, alternative? Activists would have grabbed their pitch forks and torches demanding the network executives head on a platter for ‘bigoted’ comments.
The pattern here is Christianity, and not voting records or “anti-gay” laws. The loud obloquy which entails enough public condemnation, silences or ‘dismisses’ the conservative Christian view-points almost instantaneously. Anti-gay, bigot, fascist and other vituperate, liberal rhetoric is much easier to dish-out, with heavier career consequences (the main intention) than a strong argument based on theological history or laws.
While the U.N. demands Christianity to change its views on homosexuality, it is silent on Islam’s views on homosexuals. Of the seven countries that impose the death penalty for homosexuality, all are Muslim. Even when gays do not face execution, persecution is native to the land.
For example, in 2010, a Saudi man was sentenced to 500 lashes and five years in jail for having sex with another man and in February last year, police in Bahrain arrested numerous men at a “gay party”. Iranian homosexuals are typically tried on other trumped-up charges. But in September last year, three were executed specifically for homosexuality. In Iraq, the world’s most dangerous place for homosexuals, men even suspected of being a homosexual face kidnappings, rape, torture and extrajudicial killing. However, in Nigeria, the two opposing religions, Islam and Christianity, find peace and join forces to back proposed laws banning same-sex marriage and indirectly criminalises every same-sex union.
Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty who in the January edition of GQ magazine, said his definition of sinful behaviour was to, “Start with homosexual behaviour and just morph out from there.” These comments included ones saying that while he grew up in Louisiana before the Civil Rights movement, he never saw mistreatment of blacks, were enough to have the gay and lesbian media advocacy group GLAAD, quickly condemned Phil’s comments and later seeing the suspension of the show.
Phil is guilty of having an opinion and nothing more. Yes, his opinion is that homosexuality is sinful, and that he personally never witnessed any mistreatment of blacks. But so what?Those opposed to Phil’s views lashed out with emotion and banned his speech. In this instance, the best way to prove Phil was wrong or less-right, would be to provide a solid historical argument. Instead, someone got offended and just like a baby without a dummy, cried until their demands were met.
Supporters of Phil and free speech also joined the culture war. Liam Payne from boy band, One Direction, tweeted a strain of messages supporting the Duck Dynasty’s traditional family values and found his loving and ‘tolerant’ fans, weren’t so tolerant after all.
The war on Christians even infects mainstream education. The Michigan teachers union doesn’t want any Christian teachers and “non-Christian” teachers are given special consideration for new positions. How bloody tolerant is that?! The union contract in Oakland County, Michigan, openly and directly stipulates that Christian candidates will be given less consideration than minorities and teachers of other religious convictions.
‘Should there be two (2) or more of these applicants with equal qualifications for the position and one (1) or more of these applicants with equal qualifications is a current employee, the current employee with the greatest seniority shall be assigned. Special consideration shall be given to women and/or minority defined as: Native American, Asian American, Latino, African American and those of the non-Christian faith. However, in all appointments to vacant positions, the Board’s decision shall be final.’
The states Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment and public services on the basis of religion, but who gives a shit if the union breaks the law. As long as gay’s aren’t discriminated against, then we have our precious tolerance.
At a higher-academic level, prejudice against Christians has infiltrated university. Mike Adams, Criminology Professor at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) was denied promotions for his newly found Conservative Christian beliefs. Fellow professors (liberals and feminists) even wrote him a very ‘tolerant’ letter about why he should be fired.
Professor Adams joined the UNCW in 1993 as an atheist but by 2000, had converted to Christianity and become political conservative. In 2006, when the denial for a promotion occurred, administrators were rallying against him for his conservative views.
Professor Adams went to court and won his case. His lawyers stated that the victory was an important one for free speech on public university campuses. “This is an incredibly important victory for the First Amendment,” – “To be able to speak freely without retaliation is a principle that should be a reality on campus and the jurors reassured that.”
Analyse Professor Adams’ conservative Christian views which were labelled as outspoken, to some of the dare I say, far left, liberal/democratic speakers views, at other Universities in the nation. In Professors Adam’s response to the letter he received saying he was the biggest embarrassment to higher education in America, he outlined ten professors that truly take the cake.
They include a women’s studies professor and a psychology professor at Western Carolina University, who co-sponsored a panel on bondage and S&M with the purpose to teach college students how to inflict pain on themselves and others for sexual pleasure. Or the feminist professor who believes that women can lead happy lives without men, and can form lifelong domestic partnerships with dogs, and that those relationships will actually be fulfilling enough to replace marital relationships with men. And my favourite, the college feminists who hired a “sex worker” (read: prostitute) to speak as part of an event called the ‘Sex Workers Art Show’. After his speech, the male prostitute pulled down his pants, got down on his knees, and inserted a burning sparkler into his rectum. While it burned, he sang a verse of “the Star Spangled Banner.”
Now, now, let’s all be tolerant. I’m sure he had a great voice…
“We’ve launched a challenge to the government’s decision to allow some religious groups to opt out of marrying same-sex couples, – We feel we have the right as parishioners in our village to utilize the church we attend to get married.”
Drewitt-Barlow even said he and his civil partner, Tony, would go to court to force gay weddings on churches.
Wait a minute, forcing your beliefs onto someone doesn’t sound very tolerant. I mean, the Church knew that the couple were gay, and never forced them to leave, or offered gay-counselling. Yet when the Church is as tolerant and let two homosexuals into their temple of worship, which forbids their lifestyle, their tolerance is thrown out the door with legal action that will try to force the Church to allow gay marriage. Can anyone else not see this beautiful hypocrisy?
“The only way forward for us now is to make a challenge in the courts against the church. -It is a shame that we are forced to take Christians into a court to get them to recognize us.”
Because legal action is the best way to show you support tolerance. Perhaps the Church should start suing gays for their intolerance?
Brendan Eich didn’t stand in public and defame homosexuals. He didn’t rally against the LGBTQ community and tell them that they’re all going to hell. All he did was make a donation because that’s what he believed in. After all, holding traditional, Christian or conservations values and believing same-sex marriage is a sin, is not ‘hate-speech’ or ‘anti-gay’, it is a belief just as ones belief that same-sex marriage is their (God) given-right.
It seems Eich’s humble tolerance for others bit him right in the ass. Employees whom he knew were homosexuals, kept their jobs, while the founder had to leave because a handful of babies split their milk. In this case where Mozilla apologized, clarified and took a ‘stand’ truly demonstrates how crowd-pleasing and ‘progressive’ they attempted to be, giving into to name-calling and bullying. It also demonstrates how fast some corporations sacrifice the first amendment and how free speech and old donation records can surface and ruin an individual’s career. Mozilla and everyone else should have told OkCupid to simply, go-fuck-themselves, and supported their new CEO on the grounds of whatever he believed in, and how they didn’t interfere with his job. Ninety-four percent of the forty-thousand + messages were in support of Eich whereas only six percent were not, including homosexuals who supported Eich. It’s too late now for Mozilla, although I doubt most will move to Internet Explorer…
Mark Basa’s article is reprinted with permission from Man Talk Magazine.