Saturday, April 05, 2014

Responses to World Vision & Mozilla: Hypocrisy & Prejudice

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On 24 March, World Vision in America announced a policy change to allow the hiring of those in legal same-sex marriage. Many Christian leaders responded in surprise. Donors stopped contributing. 

Two days later, World Vision reversed its policy. Many Christian leaders were glad. Donors resume their support. But some people cried (before going on the "I-am-a-better-follower-of-Jesus-than-you-all" mode), some resigned, many were angry. A former bishop in Singapore who is very pro-LGBTQ implicated World Vision for worshiping Mammon.

Critics of the policy reversal accuse donors for prioritizing sexual ethics over hungry children. And this is the reason why young people are leaving evangelical Christianity. However, as pointed out by Chelsen Vicari, the former accusation is naive, while as Daniel Darling shows, the latter is simply false.

A week later, in an entirely unrelated event, Mozilla fired its CEO Brendan Eich because he supported heterosexual marriage over same-sex marriage. New York Times carries an article defending Mozilla's action by saying along the line that the company relies on public support, and since the public's standard has been violated, Eich has to go:
"Mozilla is not a normal company. It is an activist organization... Mr. Eich’s position on gay marriage wasn’t some outré personal stance unrelated to his job; it was a potentially hazardous bit of negative branding in the labor pool, one that was making life difficult for current employees and plausibly reducing Mozilla’s draw to prospective workers..."
Or as a Mozilla's employee states,
"It is difficult for me to understand how we are best served by a leader whose capacity to divide our community is so apparent."
No such defense from New York Times came to World Vision's reversal even though it is also community-based (in its case, the Christians) and dependent on public support. Those who lament over World Vision's reversal didn't cry or get angry. They are simply silent on Mozilla. The pro-LGBTQ former bishop in Singapore even justifies Mozilla's firing of Eich (unlike gay journalist Andrew Sullivan who lashed out against such injustice).

Do you see the hypocrisy and prejudice playing out in the responses to these two events?

Updates: Frank Bruni at the New York Times has finally voiced out

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