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All your posts are the same! They all presuppose that you know what every other persons motive is, well I'm sorry but you don't. Yours have quite the presupposition about me, and it's consistently incorrect. I don't presume to know what everyone else thinks. I know for a fact, however, that many (I never said or assumed all) prop 8 supporters were homophobes. And many (I never said or assumed all) supported it with the express intent of denying rights. You seem hell bent on calling every single person that opposes your view a bigot I'm not responsible for your laughable misinterpretation of my position. Am I a bigot as well just because I can understand the view of others? No. That was neither said nor implied. I think you're not a particularly good judge of the intent or meaning of others, though.
Who mentioned fired? Although there does seem to be a prima facie case for constructive dismissal. I'd love to see someone try. However, Eich wouldn't testify for them because he doesn't agree. I'm talking about one religious group calling for a boycott. A few more join in and the snowball starts to roll. Already done. There are several conservative/right winger pushes to do so, and they may have financial impact. It doesn't make them right, and it won't change Eich's decision or Mozilla's behavior which is motivated by their corporate philosophy, not fear of a group. This retaliation movement is based, fundamentally, on bigotry. Social media also blows the clarion call and before you know it the protest is much bigger than the first. And it exposes its own ridiculousness as well. You can already find#firefoxboycott#uninstallfirefox#firefoxfree#NoZillaand others. What's to be done?Reverse the resignation? How can you do that? You don't reverse jack, because it wasn't wrong, and these jokers are the hypocrites.
My biggest concern with the whole situation is, that the door has been opened for religious groups to scream discrimination. They can scream until they're blue in the face, but it'd be for a lie. Eich wasn't fired for his beliefs. He wasn't fired at all.
The only thing that he supported was the old definition of marriage, which has in place for thousands of years throughout the world. To say that that was the whole intent of Prop 8 is disingenuous. Prop 8 did not have the sole intent of protecting a religious definition of marriage. Its intent was to deny rights to a segment of the population. And many of its supporters supported it for that specific reason.
Proposition 8 was about the redefining of marriage and was in fact carried by 52% of the voters in California.The equality issue was not the primary concern of the pro voters, it was the religious aspect. I sincerely doubt that. But perhaps you have knowledge not in evidence. He proved that he was inclusive in all aspects of equality except for the definition of what "marriage" is. Not really. If he had, he'd still be CEO. Balancing conflicting beliefs can be problematical. Always.
Eich was one of the executives that put together the Mozilla Code of Practice that ensures that same sex couples receive equal benefits as married couples. It seems pretty strange that not one gay or lesbian Mozilla employee has come forward to complain about his attitude or behaviour. Then he's exhibited two contrary behaviors, because Prop 8 would have denied those self-same benefits. And he still hasn't, to my knowledge withdrawn his support for it or legislation like it. It's his contrary actions I find strange. He could have completely deflected the criticism by saying he no longer supports legislation like prop 8 - even if he'd said out loud and in the open civil unions are fine with him. But he didn't, so he leaves people to conclude hey really aren't for him.As well, a company isn't just about internal culture. It's about external perception as well, for good or ill.
Freedom of speech keeps you out of prison. That's pretty much all it does. It doesn't protect you from the consequences freedom of speech may bring.Funny how so many people interpret it as, 'Say what you want without having to answer for it.' Ding! Give the Lady a cigar. (I'll smoke it myself if you don't like 'em)
So you are fine as long as everyone agrees with you. Usually. I'm also pretty fine if they don't, as long as that disagreement is honest. You are quite happy to take away free speech and freedom to practice religion as long as I, not you because you already have it, gain the right to marry. I'm not happy at all when someone attributes to me opinions which I do not have, which you do here. Nowhere have I advocated the abridgment of free speech or freedom of religion. That strikes me as being very singular society. It's not singular at all when it's composed of your own straw men. Marriage is not about equality! It's the legal benefits that go with it that is the issue. If a same sex union had the same legal standing as a marriage then that would satisfy the majority. It is usually religious beliefs that cause the problem with same sex "marriage". People see it as a religious ceremony, in the Catholic Church it is a sacrament. I agree that the main freedom/rights issue are the legal benefits. The argument over "Marriage" is semantic and tangles in religion unnecessarily. However, there are those on both sides of the rights issue who absolutely do conflate the word as well. My interpretation of Prop 8 and its supporters is exactly that. They were anti gay marriage and against the legal benefits afforded that type of union for gay couples. Show me I'm wrong on that and I'll happily recant that opinion. Show me Eich was anti gay "marriage" but pro civil union and I'll likely change my opinion on the whole chain of events.
About 30 years ago I had the unearned and thrilling opportunity to work with one of the great scientific minds of the 20th century for two weeks. He told me that a scientist will spend far more time and energy on seeking out information that disproves his or her theories than on information that supports them.I must assume you are not a scientist. You assume wrong. What does Yagan think and say about same sex marriage now? What does Eich say now? My bet is they are not the same. However, to be clear:If Yagan hasn't publicly changed his stance, he's a hypocrite. If he has, he's evolved (like many others have) and he has every right to call others out for not evolving. If Eich hasn't changed his stance, he's remained true to himself, and to Mozilla. If he has, good for him.It's interesting, too, your scientist friend is really half-right. Theories need to be challenged and tested and given as many opportunities as can be found for them to either fail _or_ succeed. That's how they survive, or evolve, or are discarded.
However I would ask you to read the latest articles by Andrew Sullivan and Conor Friedsdorf, both of whom are pro gay marriage writers. That'd be easier with a link or two."Entrenched" is an interesting descriptor. Yeah. I'm pretty entrenched that against the denial of equal rights in pretty much any form. Maybe there are more important battles. But that doesn't mean this was ignorable.
(Author's note: Yes, this is a Holiday Contest entry, and yes, I am cheating, sort of.) Our sleeping bags zip together perfectly, something we discovered by accident a few trips ago, and have taken shameless and wanton advantage of ever since. When two of you are heating the same small, well insulated space, the need for thermal underwear, or indeed any additional layers at all...
Added 28 Oct 2009 | Category Straight Sex
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Long day. It was the end of a long day, at the end of a long week, and Rachel was tired. Worn out, feet aching, she had opted out of the Friday Club-a-thon with work friends, riding home to her small flat, grabbing the fixings of a quick dinner at the corner market next to the bus stop. She was shimmying out of her knee-length blue skirt even as the apartment door was closing, kicking it...
Added 07 Oct 2009 | Category Supernatural
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Last summer, I'd been living in the City since the previous fall, and was finally used to the noise and bustle. I worked at the Big Bean slinging coffee, spending my pay as it came in on rent and fun. I went to casting calls when they came up, and was avoiding deciding whether I was going to try college the coming fall if the stage didn't end up calling my name, or if I would roll another year....
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I'm awakened to the feel of the silk blindfold being lowered over my eyes. I mumble and stir, and my lover's quiet voice hushes me. "Shh, just you relax. We're going to play another little game this morning," he tells me. "mmmmm" is my sleepy reply. His games are always exciting, and through my grogginess I feel a spark of interest and excitement kindle inside. He shifts on the bed,...
Added 16 Apr 2009 | Category BDSM
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We went to bed spooned, as we often do, but this evening I just couldn't seem to fall asleep. My mind wouldn't relax, and my body, though comfortable, wouldn't really let go. You know how that happens sometimes. The mundane niggling events of the workday just wouldn't leave my head. I tried to distract myself with songs, memories, even sheep for goodness sakes, but nothing worked. I was...
Added 07 Dec 2008 | Category Wife Lovers
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A dream... The scene is clearly one of a dream. The big, floppy recliner I sit in is the only thing really in focus. The room is bright, but grey and indistinct, because it's not really important. You are there. I see you are... smaller than you are. And grayer. And cold, sad. I beckon you to me and you climb onto my lap. My arms encircle you as you curl up. I feel larger than I am....
Added 07 Dec 2008 | Category Straight Sex
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Monday She was at the sink doing her morning ablutions in her short summer robe, having just showered. Her dark still-damp curls, held back from her face by a berrette, tumbled down her back almost to her slender waist. She leaned slightly over the sink, looking into the mirror as she prepared to brush her teeth, her legs about shoulder width apart. I ducked quietly into the bathroom...
Added 07 Dec 2008 | Category Straight Sex
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@@@@@@@ The restaurant, her choice, was as fine as she'd said it would be, and the play, my choice, was as good as the reviews had promised. Her dress, black and slinky, teased me all evening, with her shoulders and back semi-hidden under a filmy shawl, and the skirt slit up to just there... She had learned that part of me rapidly and well. We had learned each other actually, and surprisingly....
Added 28 Feb 2007 | Category Straight Sex
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