Andrew Sullivan appeared last night on the Colbert Report to discuss the forced resignation of Brendan Eich at Mozilla.
Andrew Sullivan has been one of my favorites since his days at The New Republic. Of course, as an aspiring blogger, he is interesting to me in a number of ways. More on that another time…it is a complicated narrative.
I highly recommend Sullivan’s post about this incident titled “The Quality of Mercy.” This paragraph particularly stood out to me:
The ability to work alongside or for people with whom we have a deep political disagreement is not a minor issue in a liberal society. It is a core foundation of toleration. We either develop the ability to tolerate those with whom we deeply disagree, or liberal society is basically impossible. Civil conversation becomes culture war; arguments and reason cede to emotion and anger. And let me reiterate: this principle of toleration has recently been attacked by many more on the far right than on the far left. I’m appalled, for example, at how great gay teachers have been fired by Catholic schools, even though it is within the right of the schools to do so. It’s awful that individuals are fired for being gay with no legal recourse all over the country. But if we rightly feel this way about gays in the workplace, why do we not feel the same about our opponents? And on what grounds can we celebrate the resignation of someone for his off-workplace political beliefs? Payback? Revenge? Some liberal principles, in my view, are worth defending whether they are assailed by left or right.