Posts Tagged ‘bullies’

Boycotting Mozilla

April 6, 2014

By now, just about everyone who might be reading this post knows something of what has going on with Mozilla and its eleven day CEO Brendan Eich. For the heinous crime of donating $1000 in support of California’s  anti-gay marriage Proposition 8, a position held by none other than then Senator Barack Obama. For this thought crime, Mr. Eich has been obliged to leave.

This isn’t about gay marriage. It isn’t really about freedom of expression, or the right to donate to political causes without fear of retribution. This is about the most fundamental right of all , the right to be left alone to live our lives as we see fit.

There is a class of professional activists; the hyper sensitive, the perpetually aggrieved, the would be do-gooders and reformers, for whom everything is subordinate to the glorious cause. For these people, life is a Manichean struggle of ultimate good and evil. No one can be neutral or indifferent to the struggle. If you are not with them, you are against them and must be destroyed by any means necessary. No decision or action can be strictly personal. Everything is political. In Mr. Eich’s case, the fact that he was a co founder of Mozilla and had invented JavaScript was irrelevant. He had opposed the cause and could not be tolerated. Remember that notorious video that British environmentalists made.

 

Notice that the people who were blown up were not actually opposed to the Green agenda. Their crime was simply that they were not sufficiently enthusiastic. I don’t want to live in that kind of world. I don’t want to boycott Mozilla or stop using Firefox. I don’t want to make decisions on what I buy or use based on the political ideas of the providers. I would rather just live my life and express my opinions and let everyone else alone. If there are differences of opinions, I would rather discuss or debate the matter and not have to worry about being punished for taking the wrong side, or punishing others for disagreeing with me. It would seem, however, that those of us who want to be left alone and to leave others alone are not going to be allowed to do that. Since this is the world the busybodies and the bullies seem to want, I guess we will just have to push back until they go away.

I do not know if the people who run Mozilla are cowards who give in to the least pressure, from the right sort of people, or if they can be included among the bullies. It really doesn’t matter. They have shown that they are on the side against liberty and so do not deserve any support from me. I will uninstall Firefox.

No Firefox

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Superman Writer Blacklisted

February 12, 2013

DC Comics has recently hired science fiction writer Orson Scott Card to write stories for their Superman comic. Considering that he is a Hugo and Nebula award winning author, this might seem to be quite a coup for DC Comics, except for one minor detail. Orson Scott Card has had the audacity to express politically incorrect opinions. Naturally, the enlightened, tolerant Left is trying to get him fired. Here is the story as related by The Guardian.

fans are up in arms at the decision of the publisher to appoint a noted anti-gay writer to pen the Man of Steel’s latest adventures.

Comic giant DC has commissioned Orson Scott Card, author of the award-winning and best-selling Ender’s Game sci-fi series, to write for DC’s Adventures of Superman series. The digital comic is set to be published in April.

The news has sparked a furious backlash from Card’s critics. Card is a long-time critic of homosexuality and has called gay marriage “the end of democracy in America”. In 2009 he became a board member of the National Organization for Marriage, a group that campaigns against same-sex marriage.

“Superman stands for truth, justice and the American way. Orson Scott Card does not stand for any idea of truth, justice or the American way that I can subscribe to,” said Jono Jarrett of Geeks Out, a gay fan group. “It’s a deeply disappointing and frankly weird choice.”

A film of Ender’s Game, co-produced by Card and starring Harrison Ford, is set to be released in November. Jarrett speculated DC was hoping pre-publicity for the movie would drive sales for the comic.

“I feel like they were hoping that no one will notice. It’s a free country, and what’s important is what we do here. This is a man who wants to take away my civil rights, and I will not be giving him my money,” said Jarrett.

Actor Michael Hartney, who describes himself as “as big a Superman fan as you’ll ever meet”, has written to DC voicing his concerns about Card.

“If this was a Holocaust denier or a white supremacist, there would be no question. Hiring that writer would be an embarrassment to your company. Well, Card is an embarrassment to your company, DC,” he wrote in a letter also published on Tumblr.

“And of all the characters Card could have been hired to write, you give him Superman? The character that taught me to lead by example? To do the right thing, even when it was hard? To keep going, even when it seemed hopeless? What an insult. Kids are killing themselves. They are killing themselves in a climate of intolerance and homophobia publicly fostered by people like Orson Scott Card. You don’t have to contribute to this. You shouldn’t. You mustn’t,” he wrote.

Do you see what is going on here? Card’s opinion on the issue of same-sex marriage has been declared ( by who?) to be beyond the limits of acceptability and therefore he is to be shunned, denied employment, if possible. Being against a radical redefinition of marriage and in support of traditional, Biblical values is now the equivalent of being a white supremacist or Holocaust denier.

One of the reasons that I have been against same-sex marriage is precisely because of this sort of behavior on the part of the activists. If it were simply a matter of everyone doing their own thing and live and let live, I might be indifferent on the matter. But, it is not, and perhaps never has been, a matter of live and let live. It is instead a matter of enforcing a certain viewpoint and limiting any debate.

I have never heard or read any logical or coherent arguments on why a radical redefinition of marriage is necessary or desirable. Instead, all I have heard is word games (marriage equality) and name calling (bigot! hater! homophobe!). What civil rights is Jono Jarett being denied exactly? He has the right to marry any one of the opposite sex he may want to, just the same as the rest of us. He has the right to indulge, in private, any sexual deviancy he wishes. What he, and others, do not have a right to is demand that a millenia old institution be changed to suit his desires. He, and others, do not have the right to demand that we fully appreciate and support any life style he wishes to indulge in. He does not have the right to demand that people act against their sincere religious beliefs, as they are with Orson Scott Card.

As for the intolerance, it seems to me that it is entirely on the side of the homosexual activists, as the President of Chick-fil-A and Carrie Prejean can attest. It is these people on the left who are the intolerant, hate filled bullies, and I don’t like bullies.


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