It has already been demotivating and distracting from Mozilla’s mission. How he responds to this is going to determine how really qualified he is to be CEO. I think it could end up affecting Mozilla’s image permanently if not managed well, which is one of their biggest assets (Most trusted internet company for privacy)!
Two thought experiments I did personally ( I’m an atheist who feels marginalized by the pledge of allegiance including “Under God”) :
From CEO perspective
I donate $1000 to a political action committee pushing to remove “Under God” from the pledge. Time passes. I got a job opportunity to lead an amazing organization. Members of the community start boycotting the amazing organization due to my donation.
From end user/employee/advocate perspective
I’m working at an amazing organization. A new CEO is appointed that’s donated $1000 to make sure that we keep “Under God” in the pledge. He promises to not change atheists position in the company and continue to treat them like any other employee.
I was originally going to suggest that the CEO just donate $1000 to the other side.. but I don’t think I would do that in his place. From the employee perspective, I wouldn’t immediately resign or anything, but I would likely keep a wider eye towards new opportunities… What would you do in your equivalent thought experiment?