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.

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