Michael Gerson

Washington, D.C.

Opinion columnist

Latest from Michael Gerson

The report on Southern Baptist abuses is a portrait of brutal misogyny

When pastors believe the importance of their mission justifies the coverup of sexual abuses, they cross the line into heresy.

May 23, 2022

Too many Americans are still in covid denial

After 1 million covid deaths, it must be asked: Is the United States prepared for any crisis requiring communal action?

May 19, 2022

GOP leaders ought to banish officials who embrace ‘replacement theory’

And Fox News should fire the smiling, public faces of the racist ideology invoked by the Buffalo shooter.

May 16, 2022

Bill Gates’s new pandemic book presents a plea and a plan

Another potentially catastrophic contagion is inevitable. “How to Prevent the Next Pandemic” offers proposals for mobilizing against it.

May 10, 2022

Kevin McCarthy is a shining symbol of democratic decay

And yet, the California Republican is still quite likely to become the next speaker of the House.

May 2, 2022

There’s a reason Russian soldiers can’t look their victims in the face

Most humans have a moral revulsion to murdering innocents. The only way to get around it is to dehumanize them.

April 22, 2022

War’s horrors may shake our faith. But God is here, even amid the pain.

Faith is not a call to look on the bright side of a war like that in Ukraine. Rather, it calls the bluff of our deepest beliefs.

April 18, 2022

If Putin isn’t stopped in Ukraine, the Baltics are likely next

Russia's aggression, if unchecked, could prompt hard questions for the United States about defending Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

April 12, 2022

What the GOP’s faux outrage over child sexual exploitation is really about

Hint: It has little to do with actual concern over child porn or pedophilia.

April 7, 2022

How long will the West stay aligned against Putin?

Rallying people to accept the temporary economic burdens required to confront Russia is the main challenge for Biden and European leaders.

March 31, 2022