2202Re: Thomas Paine Day vote fails in Arkansas
- Feb 11, 2007Wonder what those nine states are?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...>
> Thomas Paine Day vote fails in Arkansas
> By ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press Writer Sun Feb 11,
> 4:27 AM ET
> LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Thomas Paine may have helped
> inspire the American Revolution, but inspiring
> Arkansas lawmakers to commemorate a day in his honor
> is another matter.
> The proposal by Rep. Lindsley Smith, D-Fayetteville,
> to commemorate Jan. 29 as "Thomas Paine Day" failed in
> the state House of Representatives after a legislator
> questioned Paine's writings criticizing the Bible and
> The vote Thursday was 46-20 in favor of the measure,
> but 51 votes were needed to pass.
> Smith said before the vote that Arkansas would join
> nine other states that have established Thomas Paine
> Day. She said the day would not be considered a state
> holiday and would not require any additional costs.
> "I think if Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were
> standing here today, they would give you the same
> presentation about Thomas Paine," Smith said. "He
> needs to be remembered and he's not remembered."
> But Rep. Sid Rosenbaum, R-Little Rock, quizzed Smith
> about Paine and quoted passages from Paine's book,
> "The Age of Reason," which Rosenbaum criticized as
> "He did some good things for the nation, but the book
> that he wrote was anti-Christian and anti-Jewish,"
> Rosenbaum said. "I don't think we should be passing
> things out like this without at least debating it and
> letting people in the House know what we're voting
> Rep. Chris Thyer, D-Jonesboro, said he will ask the
> House to reconsider its vote. Smith said she was
> hopeful the measure would pass later.
> "I was surprised," Smith said. "He's seen by those we
> respect most as a person who should be respected and honored."
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