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The Spirited Atheist: March, 2011

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 03/30/2011

‘Heaven is for real’ and the immature American mind

Sitting pretty at No.1 on The New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller list is a secondhand memoir describing a four-year-old boy’s ‘visit’ to a heaven. Only in America could a book like this be classified as nonfiction.

By Susan Jacoby  |  11:35 AM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 03/23/2011

What happens to women after the revolutions?

The idea that we are standing for “democracy” in countries where a strict interpretation of Islam deprives women of democratic rights is another in a long line of naive American assumptions about our ability to remake the world.

By Susan Jacoby  |  02:21 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 03/16/2011

What turns “the Other” into one of us?

What does it take to turn a group perceived as alien and threatening--whether across the ocean or down the block--into people Americans see as neighbors, fellow citizens, and fellow human beings?

By Susan Jacoby  |  05:42 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:58 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Notes from a proud free-speech junkie

You cannot overdose on free speech, because free speech is its own best antidote.

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Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 03/03/2011

Newt Gingrich’s Catholicism and his 2012 penance

While Gingrich may be able to get a spiritual clean slate through the sacrament of penance, American elections do not take place under the seal of the confessional.

By Susan Jacoby  |  11:34 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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