Why Won’t These Bigots Show Us Any Compassion?



Author Andrew Sullivan of The Dish appeared on The Colbert Report yesterday evening, where he brought up an interesting point with respect to the growing phenomena of automatically labeling conservatives as “bigots.” In light of the recent resignation of Mozilla CEO, Brendan Eich, due to his participation in Proposition 8, Sullivan argues that someone being fired from a job for a belief or political view (at least in California) would be illegal. Back in 2008, Eich donated $1000.00 to support California’s Proposition 8 which of course was designed to ban gay marriage in the state. Earlier this week, Eich’s role in Prop 8 resurfaced, and following surmounting pressure from Mozilla employees, gay rights activists, and developers, he decided to resign. While he wasn’t fired, the growing adversity left him little choice but to leave his post. Some activists call it a victory, but Sullivan asserts that we stormed the castle with pitchforks and torches; I concur with Sullivan. This is not to say that I agree with Eich’s actions or credence, rather, that our casual application of the word bigot to anyone who opposes the LGBTQ community with their own beliefs, is itself an act of bigotry.

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