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April 26, 2005



Brian --

Well said. It's a difficult balance to believe in something so deeply and still respect those that have a totally opposite viewpoint -- but something we all must strive for.



The whole issue is kind of bothers me. It doesnt matter what religion the CEO or the whole management is. As a company they have a responsibility that there is no discrimination. If the employees personally have problems with that then they can ask for a transfer inside, but personally I dont agree with that either.
Scoble did a good job and I agree with Dave Winer too. On the whole this whole thing about MSFT getting into religion and politics sucks. I have a gay friend who have been hired by MSFT couple of months back. I need to talk to him to find out how he feels about it.

I hope MSFT retracts what ever they did.


Shiv, that's just it: they didn't DO anything. The problem is that some people (like Scoble) think they should have done something - continue to publicly support a Gay Rights bill.

As for Dave Winer, his stance is completely opposite of Scoble in regards to Microsoft taking a public stance - so it's kinnd of hard to agree with both of them here.

As for me, I think Microsoft has no place in this bill. They are a business entity, not a political one. If they choose to think it might hurt their business in some way - and I think it would - then they have every right to not support a bill that has nothing to do with business.

I thought the discussion on various blogs were very interesting, and for the most part polite and civil. Brian, I agree with what you wrote here.

One last thing... thanks for not saying that Scoble was "couragious". Somehow that term in this instance bothered me. there's really nothing that couragious about asking permission to make a statement on your blog and then properly stating your disagreements with what it said - and all of this well after the events happened.

It's an upstanding thing Robert did. It will raise his reputation. Honorable even. But "couragious"? Not really.

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