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Issue: "Showing the alternative," April 21, 2001

They only got emotional when they saw the American flag.

Carl Gutierrez, governor of Guam, on the five-hour stopover of 24 crewmembers of a U.S. reconnaissance plane released from China after 11 days in captivity.

There are liquor stores and there are strip clubs with prostitution prevalent in the area.... But if we try to meet the needs of those who fall prey to drug addiction or alcohol or what have you, we're told we can't do that.

Avis Hill, pastor of Westgate Tabernacle in Palm Beach County, Fla., complaining that local officials are trying to shut down his ministry to the homeless. Pastor Hill is frustrated that seedy businesses are zoned for his area, but officials are using the same laws to prevent him from helping people harmed by those businesses. The county has fined him $20,000 for letting homeless men sleep at his church, placed a lien on the church building, and sent a collection agency after him.

The two worst things to happen to the NBA were God and golf.... Do people at offices have preachers coming into their place of business, interrupting their work?

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New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, in an interview with New York magazine, complaining that Knicks chaplain John Love is a distraction to the team and has "too much freedom."

Don't expect the advice-giving to stop after you graduate-or even if you become president of the United States.

Former President George Bush in a convocation speech at Elon College in North Carolina, in which he urged students to listen to their parents.

I would use the words 'devilishly clever.'

Jerry Coyne, professor of ecology and evolution at the University of Chicago, in a New York Times article reporting the rise of the "intelligent design" theory among academics. The Times quoted Mr. Coyne and other evolutionists alarmed at the intellectual challenge to Darwinism.


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