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Dating Site Gets Political With This Absurd Web Browser Boycott

Included in the correspondence are links to competitors like Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.


As proven by Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby, any business owner willing to take a stand for biblical morality can count on intolerant leftists waging a war against both the company and its employees. While many such boycotts are fairly vague and disjointed, dating service OkCupid recently sent out a very targeted correspondence encouraging its users to ditch their current web browser.

Singles who access the site via Mozilla Firefox received a message informing them that the CEO of the browser’s parent company supports traditional marriage. In the mind of perpetually offended leftist activists, this apparently warrants an all-out assault on the corporation.

“Pardon this interruption of your OkCupid experience,” the message politely began. From there, however, the tone took a decidedly bitter turn, castigating Brendan Eich as “an opponent of equal rights for gay couples.”

For that reason, the website “would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid.”

Included in the correspondence are links to competitors like Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.

Eich was named CEO late last month, leading to a few boycott calls in addition to the OkCupid initiative. Despite reports regarding his personal beliefs, which seem to be based only on his support of California’s Proposition 8 legislation, Mozilla has unequivocally stated that it supports gay marriage as a company. Proposition 8, which defined marriage as a bond between a man and woman, received widespread support among the state’s voters and passed during the 2008 election.

Although he expressed a view echoed by a majority of his state’s voters, OkCupid felt it was appropriate to lambaste him and his company, attempting to financially injure both. The message forced users who wished to retain the Firefox browser to click a link in order to gain access to the site.

“If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way,” the note alleged, “then roughly 8% of the relationships we’ve worked so hard to bring about would be illegal.”

Of course, Proposition 8 has nothing to do with relationships – only marriages. Such details apparently play no role in the left’s attempt to foment anger.

In response, Mozilla released yet another statement indicating its corporate support of gay marriage. Once the character assassination begins, however, much of the attacked party’s defense will only be drowned out by the vitriolic voices calling for its defeat.

–B. Christopher Agee

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