Gay activist stirs up Fox panel: ‘Would you fire a CEO who denied the Holocaust?’

The firestorm over the new Mozilla CEO’s hasty exit took a bizarre turn Sunday, when a gay-rights advocate compared the issue to someone getting fired for denying the Holocaust happened.

Brendan Eich resigned after just 10 days on the job with the software giant after revelations that he made a political contribution to a California referendum against gay marriage.

Hoping to squelch the backlash that’s engulfed Mozilla since Eich’s sudden departure, activist John Aravosis tried to pummel his Fox News co-panelists into agreement by asking, “Would you have a Holocaust-denier as a CEO of a company?”

His fellow panelists on the MediaBuzz program were stunned by the comparison, though Aravosis explained later that he was only echoing similar comments made last week by Breitbart’s editor-in-chief, Ben Shapiro, in a BBC interview.

“If we have the power to destroy, we should use it wisely,” Aravosis said, taking exception when Daily Dish blogger and gay marriage champion Andrew Sullivan said Mozilla’s decision to let Eich leave was “unbelievably stupid.”

Aravosis called Eich “an anti-gay rights activist” because he contributed $1,000 to California’s Proposition 8 referendum. His obnoxious manner on the weekly show is more likely to inflame than quell calls for boycotting Mozilla and its intolerant gay-rights constituency.

Watch the video and judge for yourself.

Richard Berkow

Former political news reporter Richard Berkow lost his idealism in the Kennedy years, and his innocence in Vietnam, Lebanon, and the Soviet Union. He hasn’t mellowed since, and can be harassed at [email protected]

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