Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Hypocrisy: OKCupid CEO donated to candidate opposed to gay marriage ~ By Joe Newby

Brendan Eich, Former Mozilla CEO
Mother Jones, naturally, tried to justify Yagan's donation.

"Of course," Hannah Levintova wrote, "it's been a decade since Yagan's donation to Cannon, and a decade or more since many of Cannon's votes on gay rights. It's possible that Cannon's opinions have shifted, or maybe his votes were more politics than ideology; a tactic by the Mormon Rep. to satisfy his Utah constituency."

But Levintova said that didn't matter when OKCupid target Eich, who made his donation in 2008.
Joe Newby writes about the recent revelation and "outing" of the donation by OKCupid CEO Sam Yagan to support a candidate that had voted against same-gender marriages. It is important to notice that nobody, including Newby, is calling for Yagan to step down from his position at OKCupid, who led the attack on Mozilla last week. The whole point is just to illustrate the hypocrisy from some on the Left.

From Jason Howerton on
Even openly gay far-left blogger Andrew Sullivan panned the effort, finding rare common ground with conservative personalities who think free speech is more important than political beliefs.

The whole episode disgusts me – as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society. If this is the gay rights movement today – hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else – then count me out,” Sullivan wrote. “If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us.
However, as Andrew Sullivan also wrote, "Will he now be forced to walk through the streets in shame? Why not the stocks?"  Hopefully not, or certainly, we're all in trouble.  Who here has not ever written anything in a blog, or a tweet on twitter, or on Facebook, that somebody could possibly take offense to, sometime in the future?

It's actually quite scary, and may I emphasize that point any more than I am now? What concerns me is that one person can lose his livelihood, being forced to resign from a very good position as a CEO, while somebody else escapes the same scrutiny for behavior from long ago.  This is what happens when the powerful political agenda of one group can alter the personal livelihood just because, in their minds, certain individuals have viewpoints that aren't acceptable.  But I thought that the harassment of employees for their beliefs is wrong?  Shouldn't the DOJ be investigating the thugocracy that made a certain individual uncomfortable in his workplace, requiring his resignation?

With this kind of fuzzy liberal logic being exposed, that it's okay to disparage somebody that made a very small contribution to a cause that isn't accepted by a minority, I will hope that talking-head news analysts will actually bother to cover this story as much as possible.  This seems to be a blatant example of how intimidation can work.  At what point will the U.S. government use that tactic, and be involved in restriction on OUR free speech?  Do you think that can't happen?  Oh, yeah, how about the IRS targeting of Tea Party Conservatives?  I'm just sayin'...


Hypocrisy: OKCupid CEO donated to candidate opposed to gay marriage
By Joe Newby

April 8, 2014


Sam Yagan, co-founder and
CEO of OKCupid
It seems, as George Orwell once wrote, that some are apparently more equal than others. On Monday, Mother Jones reported that OKCupid co-founder and CEO Sam Yagan also contributed to a candidate who opposed abortion and same-sex marriage.

OKCupid led the fight that ultimately caused Mozilla co-founder and CEO Brendan Eich to step down over a $1,000 contribution to a group supporting Proposition 8 in 2008.

Citing Open Secrets, Mother Jones said Yagan gave $500 to Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, in 2004.

According to Mother Jones, Cannon "voted for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, against a ban on sexual-orientation based job discrimination, and for prohibition of gay adoptions."

He also held a "0" rating from the pro-abortion NARAL Pro Choice America and voted for several pieces of pro-life legislation.

"Stone, meet glass house," Instapundit said on Twitter.

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