The most interesting part is the response to the email (scroll down to the 3rd part. Beautiful, reasoned thinking! I wish I myself would always think like that. He even had an excellent response to the nastiest argumental fallacy with the kid (“appeal to emotion”). Not that Anderson's statement wouldn't also be full of brilliant rethoric – but in a warmhearted way. In Germany we call the stance expressed there “Zivilcourage”.
This is a good way to conclude a year!