Michael Kinsley

On this date in 1951, journalist Michael Kinsley was born in Detroit, Michigan. He earned his BA at Harvard in 1972, attended Oxford, and earned his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1977. Named editorial and opinion editor of The Los Angeles Times in June 2004, Kinsley previously was founding editor of Slate.com. His journalistic credentials include working as a contributing writer for Time magazine and The Washington Post. Kinsley was editor and author of The New Republic for two decades, writing the column, "TRB From Washington." He has been editor-in-chief of Harper's and editor of the American Survey Department of The Economist. Kinsley was managing editor of The Washington Monthly, and co-hosted CNN's "Crossfire" for six years. He played himself in the 1993 movie, "Dave." Among his recent columns was "A Gay Marriage Success Story" (Los Angeles Times, Dec. 12, 2004), in which Kinsley wrote: "Such a development is not just amazing. It is inspiring. American society hasn't used up its capacity to recognize that it harbors injustice, and it remains supple enough to change as a result. In fact, the process is speeding up. It took African American civil rights a century, and feminism half a century, to travel the distance gay rights have moved in a decade and a half." Kinsley identifies himself as a "nonbeliever."

"As a devout believer, [Gen.] Boykin may also wonder why it is impermissible to say that the God you believe in is superior to the God you don't believe in. I wonder this same thing as a nonbeliever: Doesn't one religion's gospel logically preclude the others'? (Except, of course, where they overlap with universal precepts, such as not murdering people, that even we nonbelievers can wrap our heads around.)”

—Michael Kinsley, "The Religious Superiority Complex: It's OK to think your God's the greatest, but you don't have to rub it in," Time Magazine, Nov. 3, 2003

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor

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