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KnickKnack

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#1 posted 11-28-2011 06:47 PM

Must mean the whole point about religeous offense from displays during the holidays is incorrect?
I didn’t think it was about that, I thought it was a much deeper thing about what may have “gone wrong” with society.

And good lord he missed that it was Dr Spocks Grandson not son that jumped off a building.
The whole paragraph was questioning Dr Spock’s ‘teachings” based on the fact that his son committed suicide. Given that his son did not commit suicide the whole paragraph becomes invalid. Has a nice ring to it. Fits in nicely with the general tenet of the piece. Just using “facts” that aren’t true. I deem that important.

Goodness Ben shortend School Sponsored Bible reading and referred to it as prayer in school…. is not misleading…certainly not in a meaningful way –
Firstly, Ben did not say this, he copied it from someone else.
Secondly, I wasn’t picking up on that, but on “And we said OK”. I’ve seen other threads, seen other discussions etc, and Americans are, as far as I can tell (I’m not an American) really strong on “The Constitution” – that’s the backstop. Whenever guns are discussed – “The Constitution” comes up. Whenever free speech is discussed “The Constitution” comes up. Just to say “And we said OK” makes it seem like people just let it slide when, in fact, it was deemed that “The Constitution” said it was not allowed. The Founding Fathers didn’t want it.

As I said, there are some interesting points in there, but I personally think it would have been more powerful without the errors, inaccuracies and fact changes to make the case.

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