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Issue: "Keep the faith," June 23, 2001

There's nothing cosmopolitan about Bush's tastes. They're covered in the three Bs-Bible, baseball, and barbecue. He won't get far on the international stage with that.

The Kurier newspaper of Vienna, in an editorial on President George W. Bush, who last week was on a six-day, five-nation European trip. The Kurier meant the comment as an insult.

One president commits sexual sin in the Oval Office and the Christian Right is told to shut up. Another president speaks openly of his faith in God and his trust in Christ and he is told to shut up.

Rev. James Merritt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, in his annual address last week to the convention.

The New York Times ran eight sentences on the arrest of 17-year- old Albert Gore III on page 18; The Washington Post, eight sentences on Page 6; the Los Angeles Times, nine sentences on Page 10, and USA Today, a three-sentence item in a roundup column.

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Washington Post columnist Howard Kurtz, making the point that the mainstream news media have applied a different standard to the Bush daughters than they did to the children of Democratic officeholders.

We are alive, by the grace of God.

Lorraine McKinney of Houston, on National Public Radio, after she and her family survived the floodwaters brought on by Tropical Storm Allison. At least 17 people died.

That guy is huge. I grew up around University of Miami football, and he's the biggest thing I've ever seen on two feet.

Awestruck Philadelphia 76ers rookie Raja Bell, on L.A. Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal, who dominated the Sixers in the NBA championship playoffs.


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