4 hours ago, ScanIAm wrote
So Islam & Mormonism are cults? ...just to name a couple more recent religions.
3 hours ago, ScanIAm wrote
How, again, was this a witch hunt?
The term "witch-hunt" since the 1930s has also been in use as a metaphor to refer to moral panics in general (frantic persecution of perceived enemies). This usage is especially associated with the Second Red Scare of the 1950s, with the McCarthyist persecution of suspected communists in the United States.
Yup, that definition does seem to apply to this case.
What level of speech counter to the companies' values can be considered unacceptable?
What level of speech are usually considered unacceptable?
Nobody is stating that he can't say stupid things, and nobody is taking away his freedoms.
I'm pretty sure that California labor law disagrees.
He represented the public shareholder face of a company and the shareholders decided that their core values don't jibe with his.
Public shareholders? Who? Are you even aware of how Mozilla is structured? Mozilla Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation (a 501(c)3). If you can find shares on the open market... that'd be quite a surprise to many.
If Steve Jobs rose from the grave and stated "I'm really not very happy with race mixing and Oh, BTW, Jews suck.", then the first thing that would happen is we'd all say "Whoa, Steve Jobs is a Zombie!", but the second thing we'd say is "Wow, that guy is a racist, and he can't come back and run Apple again"
Unless Eich actually said something to the effect of what you described regarding... any group... your attempted analogy doesn't hold much relevance.