So, on What’s Wrong With the World there’s an interesting discussion going on, more interesting in my opinion than the blogmasters are giving it credit for, about the resignation of Eich from Mozilla due to pressure brought on from, ten years previous, funding an anti-gay marriage charity (the horror!).
The discussion eventually morphed into whether or not it should be allowed to fire people because of things like donating to political causes years prior if they don’t approve of them.
I’m going to go against the group here and bite the bullet: Yes, I believe you SHOULD be allowed to fire somebody for doing something contrary to your company’s stated beliefs, as long as it cuts both ways. I’ll grant this as long as you agree that firing a Catholic teacher after learning she was in a lesbian relationship for her entire career at the school should be absolutely legal.
I’ll grant it if you agree that Catholic hospitals, or places like Hobby Lobby, don’t need to pay for contraception coverage, because it’s their right to act according to their morals.
And I’ll grant this if you grant that bakers don’t need to make cakes contrary to people’s stated beliefs.
Hell, I might as well add that I think this is a perfectly fine attitude if you also agree that you can fire somebody for monetarily supporting the NAACP or Planned Parenthood.
I have absolutely no problem with any of this stuff, including the first one. Just apply your rules consistently.