Ross Douthat  

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Ross Gregory Douthat (born November 28, 1979) is an American author and New York Times columnist.

Controversial writings

Douthat published a number of essays that included statements that were later criticized. As an undergraduate at Harvard, Douthat wrote that Chile was fortunate to have the brutal dictator Augusto Pinochet, and Douthat downplayed the murder of thousands of journalists and political activists by the Pinochet regime.

Douthat deemed the appointment of a gay minister to the Memorial Church of Harvard University "completely appalling," adding that: "Tolerance for gays means intolerance for others, namely those who cling to what the Harvard University Administration regards as outdated nonsense--the idea that not all sexual behavior is morally equivalent."

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