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April 11, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Mozilla: The right to free speech doesn’t protect you from consequences

The recent stir about Brendan Eich’s departure as Mozilla chief executive and the reported backlash related to free speech issues are baffling to me [“Mozilla CEO resignation raises free-speech issues,” Business / Technology, April 5].

Yes, corporations are considered people under the law and hence are entitled to First Amendment rights. Eich, as the living, breathing personification of Mozilla, is entitled to support any cause he deems fit.

Consumers and advocates of gay equality similarly have the right to confront Eich with the discriminating nature of his opinion. And if that in turn causes stockholders or the board of a publicly traded company to deem him a liability to the company, nobody should be surprised nor dismayed if he is urged to step down.

The right to express an opinion does not protect one from the consequences of expressing an opinion.

Jos van Schagen, Seattle

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