"In 2004, it is impossible to imagine an avowed atheist or agnostic winning the American presidency or even being nominated... Today, it is possible that Lincoln, who refused to join a church even though his advisors argued that some affiliation would help his election chances, could well be unacceptable as a major party presidential candidate." Freethinkers.
 Baptized a Roman Catholic, undertook sacrament of confirmation, 1956.
Father: Bob Jacoby (Jewish, converted to Catholicism)
High School: Okemos High School, Okemos, MI
University: BA Journalism, Michigan State University
The Washington Post
Center for Inquiry NYC Program Director
Jewish Ancestry Paternal
Author of books:
Moscow Conversations (1972)
Wild Justice: The Evolution of Revenge (Oct-1984)
Half-Jew: A Daughter's Search for Her Family's Buried Past (May-2000)
Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism (2004)
The Age of American Unreason (2008)
Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age (2011)