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Issue: "Forbes," Nov. 20, 1999

It's a great program, but I think it's kind of sad, too.

Suburban Indianapolis mother Georgia Marshall, on a program at Hamilton Heights Middle School that offers students a one-time voucher excusing them from the homework assignment of their choice, as long as they spend a night with their family.

When the Virginia NAACP reacts with righteous indignation over such remarks, but timidly looks the other way as black rap artists disgrace ... the dignity of black women, their criticism rings ... hollow and hypocritical.

Virginia state legislator Paul Harris, a Republican who is black, on the NAACP's criticism of Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore for saying, "Free at last," after the GOP captured control of the state General Assembly for the first time in history. Martin Luther King Jr. quoted those words from an old spiritual in his 1963 "I have a dream" speech.

If they were right, it would mean Jesus was a liar, God was a liar.

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Houston Baptist Tara Imani, on the Hindu belief that there are "many paths." About 100 Hindus held a rally last week outside Houston's Second Baptist Church to protest a Southern Baptist booklet urging Baptists to pray for the conversion of Hindus.

These kids are going crazy about them, but I don't know why.

Linda DaSilva of Elmont, N.Y., whose son was stabbed with a knife, allegedly by a boy who wrongfully accused him of stealing his prized Pokémon card.

Study hard and keep an open mind.

From a 252-word disclaimer prepared by the Oklahoma State Textbook Committee to accompany textbooks that discuss evolution.
The disclaimer, which has sent liberals into a frenzy, urges students to ask questions about the "controversial theory" of evolution, such as: "Why do major groups of plants and animals have no transitional forms in the fossil record?"


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