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Issue: "There they go again," June 5, 1999

The Democratic Party is going to take back God this time.

Elaine Kamarck, senior policy adviser to Al Gore, explaining to a Boston Globe reporter the campaign's strategy to use God for political advantage.

If you've had it drilled into you that you are a child of God ... you're creating a much greater sense of civility.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, at a Republican Party fundraiser. Mr. Gingrich was emphasizing that secular legislative attempts to stop school shootings would have little effect.

It's adult, and it's literate. And it's full of people who question things. Young people like anything that questions the old values.

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Actress Beatrice Arthur, on the return of old Maude sitcoms to cable television, scheduled to begin in August on TV Land. A spinoff of Norman Lear's lauded All in the Family, Maude ran from 1972 to 1978 on CBS, starring Ms. Arthur as Edith Bunker's liberal cousin, Maude Findlay. The show, though a comedy, became a vehicle to promote acceptance of abortion, alcoholism, homosexuality, and other sins.

The business with the worry dolls is a rank example of teaching superstition to children of a young and impressionable age.

U.S. District Judge Charles Brieant, in ruling last week that a New York school district violated the religious rights of three Catholic families by having youngsters cut out elephant-head images of a Hindu god, make toothpick "worry dolls," and build an altar for an Earth Day liturgy.

What it means is we'll give you a warm handshake. We just won't let go.

IRS agent Marcus Owens in The Wall Street Journal, explaining the tax-collecting agency's new "kinder, gentler" charm offensive.


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