Michael Gerson / Politics

A Call for 'Patient Pluralism'

WASHINGTON -- The rapidity of progress by the gay rights movement -- from Stonewall to likely Supreme Court vindication of gay marriage in a historical blink -- is causing a series of social and legal tensions.

It has left some recently evolved ...

Condemning Islam is the Wrong Course

WASHINGTON -- Days after the video appeared of a Jordanian pilot horribly burned to death by an Islamic State death squad, President Obama told the National Prayer Breakfast that all faiths can be "twisted and misused in the name of evil" and that...

Unmasking Rand Paul

WASHINGTON -- It has become the Rand Paul pattern: A few weeks paddling vigorously in the mainstream, followed by a lapse into authenticity, followed by transparent damage control, followed by churlishness toward anyone in the media who notices. ...

The Public Good Versus Individual Freedom

WASHINGTON -- The measles outbreak at California's Disneyland -- which has spread like pixie dust -- along with several other smaller flare-ups, has health officials warning of worse to come. Preventable infectious disease is making its return to ...

An Invasion of Artificial Outrage

WASHINGTON -- The invasion, evidently, has begun.

"What's not acceptable," Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana explained recently, "is people that want to come and conquer us." Yes, the conquest of America: pretty unacceptable. "That's not immigration...

Republicans in the Immigration Minefield

WASHINGTON -- Any Republican event convened by Rep. Steven King -- he of "calves the size of cantaloupes" fame -- could easily have degenerated into a festival of immigrant bashing. It is to the credit of the serious GOP presidential prospects in ...