October 6, 2008

Call for tolerance

Annette Bening, the American Beauty star, disagrees with Palin's political views. In fact she is a supporter of Barack Obama. Nevertheless she told Fox News that Republican vice presidential candidate deserves respect:

We really want to hear her views ... She’s obviously a very accomplished woman. I’m a Democrat, I’m a supporter of Barack Obama but she certainly deserves our respect.

Let this be a lesson to many other Obama supporters, especially in the media. (Via Camillo)


  1. It's difficult. I love to give people my respect, it means I find things in them that I can admire but everytime Ms Palin speaks, I end up with my hands over my face because I can't believe what she's saying ... or not saying, or doesn't know.

    I hope you'll forgive me for this :)

  2. Hi Di,

    So glad to hear from you after a long time!

    Well, I’ll forgive you, but …
    I know you are “voltairian,” and that’s why you certainly remember the famous statement by François-Marie Arouet about tolerance (let’s quote it again on behalf of those who haven’t come across it so far):

    "Monsieur l'abbe, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write."

    Please note that he said exactly “I detest,” and nevertheless …

    Just let me say that, in my view, you shouldn’t need to find things in Sarah Palin (and anyone else) that you can admire in order to respect her. Respect is just the minimum. But I’m sure that you did not mean that you cannot respect Sarah Palin …