Celestia frowned. “Results and the process by which one achieves them are equally important things, Luna...
I wrote that, just a couple weeks ago in The Moon Glows Gently. I think that generally it's true.
Now, some quick background. Earlier today, The CEO of Mozilla stepped down amid some controversy. His offense? Back in 2008, he made a donation of $1,000 to organizations backing the ban of same sex marriage in California, and in this past week OKCupid interrupted Firefox users trying to access their site with a letter informing viewers of the guys political stance. Now, if you've been following me for a while or read previous blog posts of mine, you probably know that, like most 20-somethings, I'm in favor of allowing same-sex marriage. Not passionately, but it seemed like a common sense, reasonable position to my mind. I won't go into it any deeper than that because the actual merits of the debate aren't relevant to the point I'm trying to make, but there's the full disclosure.
With all that out of the way, getting fired/forced out/made to quit over a $1,000 donation to a political cause strikes me as really, really messed up. I'm a writer. I think that people should be allowed to express their opinions, no matter how personally repugnant you find them, as long as they aren't causing direct harm to anybody. It's not even a first amendment issue, seeing as how there's no involvement by the federal government here. It's absolutely bizarre to my mind that a movement to expand the basic freedoms available to all people, especially one that's more or less winning based on the last few years of laws and court decisions, would resort to something like this. Whoever you are, whatever your cause is, it is not alright to run somebody out of their job because they respectfully disagree with you. That sort of intolerance is the exact antithesis of what the entire gay rights movement should stand for.
Moreover, all those ridiculous homophobic rants about a Gay Agenda controlling America and imposing their will on the public discourse? You kinda just proved them right. Hope it was worth it.
(Quick EDIT: Proved them right in their minds is what I should have said. Mostly I meant that this will be a horror story to make people believe the larger narrative for a while to come. Apologies for any confusion.)
I don't think you're evil. I don't think that your cause is wrong. I just think you went about it like assholes, and you seriously diminished my enthusiasm for ever supporting your efforts with my money or my time. Mostly, this witch hunt has just seriously disappointed me.
I'll wrap this up before I start to sound too whiny, but there's a fairly important quote I'd like to close with first:
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."