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'Mozilla Monday': Outrage over CEO departure leads to boycott

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A boycott of the web browser Firefox is taking place Monday in response to the recent ouster of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich.

Called “Mozilla Monday,” the boycott asks those outraged by the pressure put on Eich over a six-year-old, $1,000 contribution to an anti-gay-marriage initiative in California to call the company and protest.

“Let this company of fascist cowards hear from you,” wrote Gerard Van der Leun, editor of American Digest.

Van der Leun then lists the number for Mozilla’s California headquarters, as well as the names of senior executives at the company.

A website to protest Mozilla's stance on free speech was also created, directing website owners to install a simple HTML code to display a message at the top of their browser. The website, WhyFirefoxIsBlocked.com, also suggests other browsers to use in place of Firefox.

When the code is put in place, people accessing the site with Firefox will see a yellow bar appear at the top of the website, displaying the following message:

Firefox users: We wanted to take this space to let you know what Mozilla, the company that makes Firefox has been doing, and it's not good. Mozilla recently forced it's CEO to resign because he had, 5 [sic] years ago, donated $1,000 to a pro-family political group. Apparently Mozilla is intolerant of anyone that disagrees with their Liberal view of politics. To read more please visit WhyFirefoxIsBlocked.com. (We aren't blocking Firefox, but we feel it is important to let you know what's going on.)

Those looking to defend Eich's removal say that it wasn't just Eich's donation to Proposition 8 that was his undoing. Eich also -- gasp -- donated to Pat Buchanan's presidential campaign in 1992 (Nineteen. Ninety. Two.) and, heaven forbid, Ron Paul's campaign.

What. A. Monster.

Even Andrew Sullivan defended Eich and suggested that gay activists were “intimidating the free speech of others.”

Isn’t the Left supposed to be about diversity and tolerance?

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