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Religion in America: Good without God?
Religion in America: Good without God?

There are certain topics on which our letter writers and online commenters talk past the author of the piece who prompted them to respond. They don't address points raised in the original article; instead, they use the piece as a way to express whatever unassailably strong opinions they have on an issue. Examples of topics that touch off this kind of dialogue -- if you can call it that -- include the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, abortion and religion. Some of the letters and comments below typify what we often get in response to an editorial on religion; in this case, they're replying to the most recent editorial in our series exploring the meaning of citizenship in the 21st...