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Issue: "The persecuted church," Nov. 1, 1997

In the David-versus-Goliath battle between the taxpayer and the IRS, David is about to get a bigger slingshot.

House Ways and Means Committee chairman BILL ARCHER (R-Texas), on a House reform, now supported by the White House, to give taxpayers more power when dealing with the Internal Revenue Service.

The Don't-Let-'em-Shove-Their-Religion-Down-Your-Throat Committee.

The name of a coalition of those who support Oregon's physician-assisted suicide law. Oregonians vote next week on whether to repeal the law.

The adults who live in your house ... the people who look after you.

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Inclusive new phrases teachers in Catholic schools in Ireland have started using to describe two-parent, single-parent, or alternative-parenting arrangements. Teachers will avoid politically incorrect references to "Mummy and Daddy," under a new teaching program in Catholic schools in Ireland that aims at "keep[ing] in tune with the reality of children's lives."

They took something that should be fun and Halloweeny and turned it into a skewed moral message.

Planned Parenthood official ELLEN BRILLIANT, complaining about a Colorado church's "Hell House," which for Halloween graphically depicted the consequences of sexual sin.

There aren't that many things I miss from my previous line of work.

Former President GEORGE BUSH, in an interview with USA Today's Richard Benedetto.

Glad to see Hustler on sale in Cincinnati again because this is where I started.

Porno publisher LARRY FLYNT, who manned the cash register on the grand opening of his newsstand in Cincinnati last week, 20 years after he was convicted on local obscenity charges there.

My conscience is clear.

Former Khmer Rouge leader POL POT, who turned Cambodia into the killing fields and is believed responsible for the deaths of at least a million of his countrymen in the 1970s, in an interview with the Far Eastern Economic Review. Pol Pot also said, "I came to carry out the struggle, not to kill people.... We had no other choice. Naturally we had to defend ourselves."

It's been treated as if it were asbestos.

Religious liberty lawyer JAY SEKULOW, on the attitude toward the Bible of liberal activists in Fort Myers, Fla., who reacted angrily to a measure approved by the school board to allow an elective Bible class in the city's schools.


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