[NOTE: in the post below I relied on a source but now I have found one that contradicts it. Allahpundit at the Hot Air blog contradicts the claim that the IRS was involved and provides links about how California discloses all donations of $100 or more. This is still a First Amendment issue but it doesn’t figure into the IRS directly.]
I just wrote about Brendan Eich resigning from Mozilla. I mentioned that, even though Mozilla is a private company, it is a First Amendment issue because the law is being used to restrict Christians from exercising the same freedoms.
But there is another aspect to the story that also involves a violation of the First Amendment. At First Things there is an excellent background article. Among its many pieces of valuable information we read the following:
Why, then, the ruckus? Amazingly enough, it is entirely due to the fact that Eich made a $1,000 donation to the campaign urging a ‘yes’ vote on California’s Proposition 8. When this fact first came to light in 2012, after the Internal Revenue Service leaked a copy of the National Organization for Marriage’s 2008 tax return to a gay-advocacy group, Eich, who was then CTO of Mozilla, published a post on his personal blog stating that his donation was not motivated by any sort of animosity towards gays or lesbians, and challenging those who did not believe this to cite any “incident where I displayed hatred, or ever treated someone less than respectfully because of group affinity or individual identity.”
Upon being named CEO last Wednesday, Eich immediately put up another post which among other things pledged in direct terms first that he would ensure Mozilla continued offering health benefits to the same-sex partners of its employees; second that he would allocate additional resources to a project that aims to bring more LGBTQ individuals into the technology world and Mozilla in particular; and third that he would maintain and strengthen Mozilla’s policies against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It’s worth emphasizing that Eich made this statement prior to the storm of outrage which has since erupted, and that with these policies and others Mozilla easily ranks among the most gay-friendly work environments in the United States.
So Eich never volunteered the information that he, despite believing in all sorts of liberal things about how homosexuals should be treated in society, did not believe that a man can marry another man or a woman marry another woman. The Federal Government (an agent who I’m sure we are supposed to believe had “gone rogue”) revealed Eich’s donation to the world in order to isolate, marginalize, and punish him. And the so-called “liberals” in Silicon Valley were happy to have the target.
So none of this is about private society in which people choose with whom they will freely associate. This was a government hit. The IRS put a marker on Eich and the lynching was mob-sourced through social media.
This is why the IRS is still trying to get membership lists from conservative groups.