“Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide,” counseled Cicero in the first century BCE. “There’s a mean, there’s a happy medium to be struck,” echoes New York Times op-ed columnist Ross Douthat with regard to the separation of church and state. Douthat, the youngest regular op-ed writer in the Gray Lady’s history, argues that American secularism has ample room for public religious displays and discourse. In this installment of Faith Complex, watch Douthat explain to Professor Jacques [...]
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Raised in Libya and a veteran of Middle East media coverage, The New York Times‘ UN Bureau Chief Neil MacFarquhar joins PJC Director Jacques Berlinerblau to mull over democratization in the Middle East. MacFarquhar is author of two books: The Sand Café, a satiric fiction about foreign correspondents trapped in a Saudi hotel, and The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East, an examination of less-covered aspects of the region. [...]