Gay rights advocates mounted a protest and boycott of the company until Eich departed, and Mozilla apologized after he left the company, stating that "we haven't stayed true to ourselves" in hiring Eich and insisting that it supports "equality and freedom of speech." Well, one out of two, apparently.
While many on the left (and the media) celebrated the move as a victory against anti-gay bigotry, one person ignited a firestorm by calling out Mozilla and gay rights advocates on their hypocrisy. And he did it in less than 140 characters.
A conservative blogger writing under the pseudonym of "American Elephants" (also the name of his well-written, insightful political blog) took to Twitter to say this:
Dear @Mozilla: I'm gay & I didn't come out of the closet so fascist leftists could force Christians INTO the closet. Shame on you!
— American Elephant (@AmericnElephant) April 3, 2014
His tweet, and many that he posted afterwards, earned praise from the right and condemnation from the left. Liberals accused him either of betraying his gay brethren or not actually being gay at all. The blogger refused to back down; in fact, he doubled down, dropping common sense bombs that argued that the "equality" some want cannot come at the expense of others' personal rights. His tweets on the subject were not only insightful, but pretty damn funny. You can follow him on Twitter by clicking right here.