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Re: Thomas Paine Day vote fails in Arkansas

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  • Ram Lau
    Wonder what those nine states are? Ram ... http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070211/ap_on_re_us/thomas_paine;_ylt=Ak2.fuoo2D5qX.dY.WcDRRZH2ocA
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 11, 2007
      Wonder what those nine states are?


      --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, 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
      > Christianity.
      > 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
      > anti-religion.
      > "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
      > on."
      > 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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