Peter J. Boyer, moderator. With Stephen L. Carter, Roberta Combs, Susan Jacoby, and Jim Towey.Peter J. Boyer has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992.
Stephen L. Carter is a law professor at Yale University. He is the author of seven books on law, ethics, and politics, among them God's Name in Vain, The Dissent of the Governed, and The Culture of Disbelief, as well as a novel, The Emperor of Ocean Park. His second novel will be published next year. Previously, he served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Roberta Combs has been the chairman and president of the Christian Coalition of America since 2001. A former chair of the South Carolina Christian Coalition, she was selected by Pat Robertson to become executive vice-president of the national organization in 1999. She has been a delegate to the Republican National Convention since the late 1980s and has served on the National Platform Committee.
Susan Jacoby is the author of seven books, including Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, which was published last year. She began her writing career in 1965, as a reporter for the Washington Post. She is currently the program director of the metropolitan New York branch of the Center for Inquiry, a secular-humanist research and advocacy organization.
Jim Towey is the White House Assistant to the President and director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. In 1996, he founded Aging with Dignity, a national nonprofit organization that helps families plan for times of serious illness. Previously, he ran Florida's health-and-social-services agency and served for 12 years as legal counsel for Mother Teresa.
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