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Will: Mozilla CEO's resignation shows progressives for diversity 'in everything but thought'

Will: Forcing out of Mozilla CEO a sign "progressives are for diversity in everything but thought"


George Will said Friday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that the resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich over his financial support of California’s anti-gay marriage law was “evidence, redundant evidence, that progressives are for diversity in everything but thought.”

Eich was promoted in March to head the company, which is the creator of the web browser Firefox. However his $1,000 donation to the campaign to pass Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriage in California, drew outrage from some Mozilla employees. It also led to the departure of three of the company’s six board members and sparked a boycott by a popular dating website. 

Amid the firestorm, Eich resigned after just two weeks on the job, saying in a statement that “under the present circumstances, I cannot be an effective leader.”

Will, a syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor, said that Eich’s decision to step down was illustrative of a new phenomenon in politics, saying “no one likes sore losers, but now we have sore winners.”

“The gay rights movement is winning, particularly with regard to same sex marriage, with a speed and breadth that simply takes your breath away," he said. "In Oklahoma, in Utah, and elsewhere. Yet, unsatisfied with victory, they seem to want to stamp out and punish people for their previous views.”

Will drew a comparison between the gay marriage debate and another hot topic in politics: campaign finance reform.

“The people who want to reform our finances and increase government control over political speech and spending say ‘well, everyone surely can be in favor of full disclosure of campaign contributions.’ This case is an example of why some of us who used to be for full disclosure no longer are,” said Will. “The people advocating full disclosure of campaign contribution say, "we just want voters to make an informed choice." That's not what they're doing at all. They really want to enable themselves to mount punitive campaigns and deter people and to chill political speech.”