Noon in the Garden of Good and Evil

The tragedy at Columbine began as a crime story but is becoming a parable

America decided 200 years ago to keep her church and state separate, out of respect for both. But Columbine confounds the Constitution; everyone is coloring outside the lines, between what is sacred, what is secular. Ministers call on lawmakers to pass gun-control laws, lawmakers call for religious revival, and Al Gore appears on Larry King Live, not just to talk about his three-point plan to make the Internet less toxic but also to recall his days as a divinity student and cite parables and argue that Littleton is "a spiritual signal," a chance to ask questions that aren't for church or...