Mozilla: Controversy not about free speech

04/10/2014 11:04 AM

04/12/2014 8:13 AM

Re "Mozilla controversy: Whose civil right are being denied?" (Letters, April 5): Let's get a few facts straight here. Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich wasn't fired, he stepped down voluntarily. He didn't leave after it was revealed that he had donated to Proposition 8. In fact, he refused to leave over that issue.

It wasn't until it came to light that he had also given money to Pat Buchanan, an isolationist who's been accused of racist and anti-Semitic attacks, that he decided to step down. Also, none of the major LGBT rights groups called for his ouster.

If you agree with the Supreme Court's assertion that money is speech, Mr. Eich was never denied the right to believe or say what he felt with his money. However, free speech doesn't mean freedom from consequences. In this case, the free market reacted, a principle conservatives should understand and applaud.

-- J. Scott Coatsworth, El Dorado Hills

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