Ross Douthat’s latest Times column—on the subject of, yes, the culture wars—features a small typo: a missing period in the third graf, below, between “policy” and “He.” Which, when glanced at quickly, seems to ratify the Obama-as-God conceit that Douthat, of all people, surely would not want to perpetuate. Oh, the irony.

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.