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March 2, 2014

As for the case for allowing fundamentalists to discriminate against anyone associated with what they regard as sin, I’m much more sympathetic. I favor maximal liberty in these cases. The idea that you should respond to a hurtful refusal to bake a wedding cake by suing the bakers is a real stretch to me.


Yes, they may simply be homophobic, rather than attached to a coherent religious worldview. But so what? There are plenty of non-homophobic bakers in Arizona. If we decide that our only response to discrimination is a lawsuit, we gays are ratcheting up a culture war we would do better to leave alone. We run the risk of becoming just as intolerant as the anti-gay bigots, if we seek to coerce people into tolerance. If we value our freedom as gay people in living our lives the way we wish, we should defend that same freedom to sincere religious believers and also, yes, to bigots and haters. You do not conquer intolerance with intolerance. As a gay Christian, I’m particularly horrified by the attempt to force anyone to do anything they really feel violates their conscience, sense of self, or even just comfort.

Andrew Sullivan, a [left-]liberal gay writer in his piece on the Arizona bill which would have let people refuse to serve someone based on religious convictions (via rationaloutlook)

»MEB says: A compelling (though the excerpt was cherry-picked: Sullivan actually finds the alleged victimization of fundamentalists “a grotesque inversion of reality”) argument, except that his case for a compassionate modus vivendi was also present against the civil rights movement and Title II of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Was the latter likewise unwise for not first winning the bigots’ hearts and minds? What ruling against discrimination hasn’t itself been found to discriminate against the discriminators? 

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Also, Sullivan, who once wrote a book called “The Conservative Soul,” would laugh if you called him liberal. He’s far more idiosyncratic than he is liberal.

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15:45 // 6 months ago
April 22, 2013

Miss you, Hitch

aatombomb:

Andrew Sullivan: But in this country the biggest selling book is the Left Behind series, the biggest selling series.

Christopher Hitchens: But I’m sure the least read. It’s totally unreadable.

Andrew Sullivan: I can honestly testify to seeing people reading it on planes, in airports,

Christopher Hitchens: Do you see them turning the pages?

Andrew Sullivan: (Laughs) Yes!

Christopher Hitchens: Are they holding it the right side up?

Saw Sully speak last week. It was great, but nothing he dropped was as good as this duo’s conversation.

10:52 // 1 year ago
April 5, 2013

In the above clip, Andrew Sullivan explains why he feels he has “blood on my hands” due to the Iraq War. “That’s a high-drama, melodramatic, queeny kind of thing to say,” he explains. “But … (long pause) … it’s true.” Sullivan was very hawkish at the beginning but later recanted the stance.

14:06 // 1 year ago
January 3, 2013
Greatest comment in Tumblr history right here. (original post here)

Greatest comment in Tumblr history right here. (original post here)

8:52 // 1 year ago
January 2, 2013
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November 7, 2012
1:55 // 1 year ago
October 15, 2012
theweekmagazine:

The daily gossip: Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer split up, Crowe grows massive breakup beard.

This is the Ernest “Andrew Sullivan” Hemingway look.

theweekmagazine:

The daily gossip: Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer split up, Crowe grows massive breakup beard.

This is the Ernest “Andrew Sullivan” Hemingway look.

17:48 // 1 year ago
October 11, 2012
The Onion’s Biden is absent. This is a calm, strong forensic refusal to accept any of the bullshit being delivered by the congressman. But he shouldn’t laugh at Ryan’s flim-flam. He should do what he just did: calmly, relentlessly expose it.
Meanwhile, Andrew Sullivan seems to have gotten a grip on his breakdown.
22:15 // 1 year ago
pantslessprogressive:

New Twitter Account: @CalmSully


Currently working on a script to a film titled “My Dinner With Andrew” in which I hear Sully bitch about how much he hates NYC for two hours. It’s a horror film.

pantslessprogressive:

New Twitter Account: @CalmSully

Currently working on a script to a film titled “My Dinner With Andrew” in which I hear Sully bitch about how much he hates NYC for two hours. It’s a horror film.

(via cheatsheet)

20:14 // 1 year ago