Friday, January 14, 2011

How We Enable Crimes of Insanity
By Joe Conason —
The law requires us to assess Jared Lee Loughner’s mental state and motivations, but we might do better to analyze our own craziness.

How Violent Talk Blocks Sane Gun Laws
By E.J. Dionne, Jr. —
The descriptions of President Obama as a “tyrant,” the intimations that he is “alien” and the suggestions that his presidency is illegitimate are essential to the core rationale for resisting any restrictions on firearms.

Words That Don’t Heal
By Ruth Marcus
Blood libel is a term with a specific and terrible history. It refers to the scurrilous accusation that Jews kidnapped and murdered Christian children to use their blood to prepare Passover matzo.

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