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#1 posted 11-28-2011 06:14 PM


Snopes describe themselves as “the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation”.

According to Snopes, Dr Spock’s son did not commit suicide – link – other sources seem to confirm this.

According to Snopes, the last half of this wasn’t written by Stein at all – link – the consensus seems to be that it was said by Anne Graham, Billy Graham’s daughter, about 10 years ago.

I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK
From what I’ve read, that’s somewhat misleading – the landmark court case, Murray v. Curlett, declared school-sponsored Bible reading in public schools in the United States to be unconstitutional.

There are some interesting, possibly even thought-provoking, ideas in there – it’s a shame that it’s significantly devalued by not being written by whom it purports to be written by, and that it contains things that are simply not true.

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