Dear Marriage Supporter,
The more I think about the situation surrounding Mozilla's termination of new CEO Brendan Eich over a political contribution he made six years ago, the more alarmed I become.
In 2008, Eich donated $1,000 to the campaign to pass Proposition 8 in California and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman. For that, he's been convicted of an imagined hate crime by the radical homosexual activist community.
We must stand up to this outrageous assault on not just our values — but on the fundamental principles of free speech and our very democratic process! We cannot let a fringe group of radicals create an environment that will prohibit citizens from engaging in their right to enter the political arena without fear of reprisals!
And that is why we are asking people to go to KeepTheRepublicAndMarriage.com and make a donation — of any amount — adding your name to the thousands who have taken a public stance for marriage, refusing to be silenced!
Ryan Anderson from the Heritage Foundation sums up the impact of this development in the title of a piece he wrote recently: "Eich is out. So is tolerance." He asks, "is characterizing political disagreement on this issue — no matter how thoughtfully expressed — as hate speech really the way to find common ground and peaceful co-existence?"
Unwilling to acknowledge this [the marriage debate] as a significant question on which reasonable people of goodwill can disagree, some advocates of redefining marriage increasingly characterize those with whom they disagree as "enemies of the human race." They've sent a clear message: If you stand up for marriage, we will demonize and marginalize you.
I'm asking you today to say, "I will stand for what is right in the public square. I will be counted publicly as one who supports marriage as the union of one man and one woman." Make this happen by going to KeepTheRepublicAndMarriage.com and taking your stand.
I also recently had the pleasure of reading a blog post by Catholic blogger Rebecca Hamilton, who is also a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. She hits the nail on the head with a passionate piece she penned about Eich's downfall. This issue is about so much more than the debate over marriage. Hamilton wrote:
The issue here is the First Amendment right of Americans to petition their government, including by means of making donations to causes and issues they believe in, without fear of organized reprisals from a bunch of — here comes the word folks — haters.
This whole thing is getting awfully close to pressuring, bullying and threatening people about how they vote in an election. In fact, I'm pretty sure that if it wasn't for the secret ballot, that's exactly what the "equality" for us, "inclusiveness" for us, but not for anyone else crowd would be doing right now.
Indeed, this kind of freedom-hating campaign is a very chilling example to witness of the sheer intolerance and bigotry of those pushing same-sex ‘marriage' on our nation. It seems as if their real goal is to push Christians and others completely out of the public square.
We cannot let them do that!
Please stand with these two courageous Americans and fight back against this unconscionable behavior and deplorable tactics which are so severely damaging marriage, free speech and our very democratic process. As we know, the only way to stop bullies is to stand up to them.
Specifically, I'm asking you to do what Sen. Hamilton did: first, she deleted the Mozilla Firefox browser from her computer, and then she made a contribution to NOM.
As Ryan observed, "The debate over the meaning and purpose of marriage will continue. We should conduct it in a civil manner. Bullies may win for a while, but theirs is a scorched-earth policy. They poison democratic discourse and fray the bonds on which democracy itself ultimately depends."
This is our hope — knowing that this kind of intolerance and uncivil behavior simply cannot go on for much longer before the American people put their foot down and say enough is enough.
Will you be one of them?