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Why is Obama Changing “Freedom of Religion” to “Freedom of Worship”?
David Horowitz News Real Blog ^ | 6-29-10 | Paul Cooper

Posted on 06/29/2010 1:45:00 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

Words matter. Words often hold great meaning. That is especially true when it comes to the words of our founding documents like the Bill of Rights in our Constitution. Those words are especially cherished. Yet in the past year it appears the Obama administration has been changing one key word in that sacred scroll.

Last month the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s 2010 report revealed grave concern about both President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rejecting the term “freedom of religion” for the term “freedom of worship” in public pronouncements. Why the change when the First Amendment talks specifically about our freedom of religion and not simply worship?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof… – US Constitution

Last November Obama used the term “freedom of worship” at the memorial service for the victims of the Ft. Hood shooting. A few days later he did it again in speeches in both Japan and China. In December Hillary Clinton also used that terminology three times in a speech at Georgetown University and never once used the phrase “freedom of religion”. In January of this year Clinton used the “freedom of worship” term four times while addressing senators.

This change in phraseology could well be viewed by human rights defenders and officials in other countries as having concrete policy implications.” – U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s 2010 report

The response by many religious freedom advocates is fear of what this all means. Nina Shea, director of the Center for Religious Freedom and member of the Religious Freedom commission believes freedom of worship is limited to private beliefs and prayer but not public activity.

It excludes the right to raise your children in your faith; the right to have religious literature; the right to meet with co-religionists; the right to raise funds; the right to appoint or elect your religious leaders, and to carry out charitable activities, to evangelize, [and] to have religious education or seminary training. – Nina Shea

Some Christian based publications are also worried.

That’s not an inconsequential change: Freedom of worship means the ability to have church services, which is crucial, but leaves out protection for Christian schools, publications, and Christian compassionate ministries…’Freedom of religion’ means that ministries designed to help prisoners change their lives, or to help the poor enter the workforce, can teach what the Bible teaches. Under ‘freedom of worship,’ these ministries could become illegal, as they are in many parts of the world. This is a development to watch warily. – World Magazine

Some in the State Department argue the words “religion” and “worship” can be used interchangeably and there is nothing to worry about. Others aren’t so sure and see this change in terminology as a major shift by the Obama administration.

Those of us in the business of sniffing out rats know that this is a rhetorical shift to watch. – Tom Farr, Professor of Religion and World Affairs at Georgetown University and the former head of the State Department’s International Religious Freedom Office

This President clearly sees religion as a key part of foreign affairs when the Muslim world is involved especially. He is ultra-careful to not want to offend followers of Islam. We already know that the administration has rejected the term “radical Islam” or any similar language and refuses to admit religion plays a major roll in terrorism.

This new terminology of “freedom of worship” might be given as a sign to Muslim nations and places with Christian persecution like China that they are not going to crack down on religious persecution for minority religions in those countries. That could explain why Obama first used the term after a radical Muslim killed Americans at Ft. Hood. And it could also explain why he used the term in speeches in China and Japan.

I’m very fearful that by building bridges, we’re actually stepping away from this fundamental principle of religious freedom. … It is so critical for Western, especially American, leaders to articulate strong defense for religious freedom and explain what that means and how it undergirds our entire civilization. – Nina Shea

Shea has it right. I’m not sure who all the Obama administration is trying to build bridges with by a shift in terminology, but it it a dangerous shift. When Obama’s folk shift terminology that always means there has been a shift in policy. They (with the exception of Vice President Biden) choose their words very carefully. The administration needs to publicly proclaim what this new policy means for Americans and for religious freedom around the world.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: constitutionalrights; government; obamunism; policy; religion; rights; wordsmeanthings; worship
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1 posted on 06/29/2010 1:45:03 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: narses

ping


2 posted on 06/29/2010 1:45:38 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Very interesting. I had not grasped this change - until now.


3 posted on 06/29/2010 1:49:28 PM PDT by Lando Lincoln (Reconciliation will happen in November.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Obama tried to do a similar thing when he was a State senator. He thinks of himself as a constitutional scholar; that is, he thinks he is better than the Founding Fathers and has wisdom about how to change the Constitution.

He started using the lingo "all men are born equal" instead of "all men are created equal" to justify his abortion stance.

4 posted on 06/29/2010 1:49:30 PM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: afraidfortherepublic

While the president may be a learn on the job novice when it comes to being an executive politician, I believe the guy is an experienced talker who picks his words carefully.


5 posted on 06/29/2010 1:50:26 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Freedom of worship means that you can hold services inside of a building tha the government allows to be used for that purpose. Ok for a Cathedral or for a rented stadium, but not for any “public” building like a school auditorium or school stadium.


6 posted on 06/29/2010 1:50:45 PM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
All good points! It also occurred to me he may be setting us up for mini mosques inside public buildings like airports for daily worship.
7 posted on 06/29/2010 1:51:19 PM PDT by red tie
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Worship is a government-restricted privilege.

Religion is a right.

Freedom of worship is the same as freedom to pay taxes.


8 posted on 06/29/2010 1:51:24 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Ping to read later


9 posted on 06/29/2010 1:52:58 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2503089/posts?page=9#9)
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To: red tie
It also occurred to me he may be setting us up for mini mosques inside public buildings like airports for daily worship.

Excellent point.

10 posted on 06/29/2010 1:53:12 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I just mentioned this to hubby and he mentioned that under Hitler, people were allowed “freedom of worship” but not freedom of religion. Scary that he is using those same words.


11 posted on 06/29/2010 1:55:18 PM PDT by justsaynomore (The Hermantor - 2012 - www.hermancain.com)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

You are free to worship as you wish in private, for now, except for those Christians who’ve been ordered to stop holding church services in their home.


12 posted on 06/29/2010 1:55:28 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

bttt


13 posted on 06/29/2010 1:55:38 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Point of clarification.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof… – US Constitution
_________________________________________

If that ever changes to

Congress shall make law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof… – US Constitution

We know which religion will become the state religion...

and which one will be prohibited...


14 posted on 06/29/2010 1:57:04 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: afraidfortherepublic

To the headline: because he is a dip sh#t.


15 posted on 06/29/2010 1:57:47 PM PDT by svcw (Habakkuk 2:3)
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To: Talisker

Under the New American Worship Act (NAWA) all churchs will be nationalized. All Americans will be allowed to join any of the five major “Worship Brands” that result. All Worship Brands will continue with their unique cultural traditions, while at the same time uniting in an ecumenical and cross cultural addition of worship of Our Lord, the Deified leader, Perfect Master Barrack Obama.


16 posted on 06/29/2010 1:57:53 PM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Islam is not a religion?


17 posted on 06/29/2010 1:58:37 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Obama Worship, Services 24/7 on MSNBC. Worship is for the messiah! and government.


18 posted on 06/29/2010 1:59:11 PM PDT by DCmarcher-976453 (SARAH PALIN 2012)
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To: Jack Black
Under the New American Worship Act (NAWA) all churchs will be nationalized. All Americans will be allowed to join any of the five major “Worship Brands” that result. All Worship Brands will continue with their unique cultural traditions, while at the same time uniting in an ecumenical and cross cultural addition of worship of Our Lord, the Deified leader, Perfect Master Barrack Obama.

Nuts.

19 posted on 06/29/2010 2:00:49 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

>> Some in the State Department argue the words “religion” and “worship” can be used interchangeably and there is nothing to worry about.

Nonsense.

Worship is ambiguous whereas Religion is not. Worship could be interpreted as an action.

>> Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof… – US Constitution

One does not establish worship!


20 posted on 06/29/2010 2:03:01 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This will not end well if he/they continue down this path.

In order to implement their end-game policy, they will have to inter or kill millions of people,

because otherwise, those people will rise up in dissent and rebellion.


21 posted on 06/29/2010 2:03:21 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Worship is only a subset of all that constitutes religion, so this change in language could signal an attempt by the left to narrow religious liberty, which of course they despise since they despise religion (the exception at the moment being Islam, which they can’t help but like in an enemy-of-an-enemy-is-a friend kind of way).


22 posted on 06/29/2010 2:03:58 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: afraidfortherepublic

because there will only be one religion


23 posted on 06/29/2010 2:04:29 PM PDT by GeronL (Just say NO to conservativecave.com, it rots your teeth!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It’s amazing how badly this has been stretched out, the establishment clause and the freedom of religion.

What the founders sought to end, was the idea of a national church, wherein EVERY CITIZEN was a member and the tithing happened through a withholding that was then sent to that church. This is the way it happens in Germany (I think until recently), and its the way it happened in England.

The states could do what they wanted to. Period. As for the United States as a nation, the founders DID NOT WANT a national church.

This had ZERO to do with the idea of an expression by people within government that they were ARDENT believers in God, Christ, Christianity. In fact, one of the more shocking things is to travel to DC, go to the Lincoln Memorial, and actual see the Gettysburg address carved into the wall in giant letters. As it stands today, it is a direct violation of what ACLU activists would call ‘Church and State’.


24 posted on 06/29/2010 2:04:29 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: MrB

wanted lost kenyan running around dc pretending to be president be on the look out, very smooth talking and a great great liar in chief


25 posted on 06/29/2010 2:04:50 PM PDT by truthbetold11 (truthbetold11)
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To: DCmarcher-976453

Because he’s setting the table for a one world religion.By allowing worship but not religion, we all become of the same “ religion” - folks who are free to worship anything they want as long as they don;t tell anyone else or encourage others to do the same.
Only it will just be the Christians that are persecuted for it.

Just like biblical prophecy states.
Duh.
If you aren’t getting this yet, you aren’t paying attention.
This stuff is happening at an ever accelerating rate. It will not stop.
Bible up, get in relationship with Jesus and be at peace.
If you aren’t, you are of the world and things will end badly. I know. I’ve read the end of the book.
Prayers up for folks to know the Lord at a historical,biblical rate.


26 posted on 06/29/2010 2:05:49 PM PDT by humantech ("No one wants to live to see such evil times. Its what you do with the time you are given")
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To: Talisker
Truth is, nobody knows why Obama does the cr*p he does. We often think it is for some complicated reason, and for all we know he is just an indoctrinated blithering idiot. lol
27 posted on 06/29/2010 2:10:43 PM PDT by red tie
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To: afraidfortherepublic; All
"Why is Obama Changing “Freedom of Religion” to “Freedom of Worship”?"

Obama Mosque

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28 posted on 06/29/2010 2:12:10 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Siena Dreaming
He started using the lingo "all men are born equal" instead of "all men are created equal" to justify his abortion stance.

Truly a sick individual he is.

29 posted on 06/29/2010 2:13:05 PM PDT by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Perhaps because he is an ignorant slut?


30 posted on 06/29/2010 2:13:17 PM PDT by Redleg Duke (RAT Hunting Season started the evening of March 21st, 2010!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

ping for later


31 posted on 06/29/2010 2:16:24 PM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of cat attacks while typing!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

You can worship something without it being a religion. For example Obuma worships Govt, and unions. The left hates religion because when people worship God they don’t worship the State.


32 posted on 06/29/2010 2:27:40 PM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

He’s changing it because there are a few he’d like to eliminate. We’ll be able to worship,just not the religion we choose.

This is a major change of meaning.


33 posted on 06/29/2010 2:29:20 PM PDT by madison10
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To: afraidfortherepublic

He’s making the change so he can say he actually accomplished something....


34 posted on 06/29/2010 2:32:56 PM PDT by Cyclone59 (I ROCK, Guitar Hero said so........)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
As the tale goes, the Atlantic Charter built on the American "Four Freedoms".

During the the lead up to Lend-Lease also going to Stalin, the Russia's "accepted" the princples of the Atlantic Charter - with some "changes."

Freedom of the press became freedom of information - the government controlling all "information" sources.

So it began ...

35 posted on 06/29/2010 2:48:34 PM PDT by jamaksin
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To: afraidfortherepublic
In my own mind....Freedom of worship implies "congregation or group".

Freedom of Religion is one on one.

The Bill of Rights are INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS.....not group rights.

36 posted on 06/29/2010 2:56:15 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“freedom of worship” implies something overseas dictators view as controllable, manageable - the right to gather, pray, sing. “Freedom of religion” encompasses much more - the freedom to publicly display, advocate for, protest, and most notably: proselytize. This is the most controversial subject as the United States is still seen by some overseas as trying to foist Christianity and Judeo-Christian culture. Many advocates believe the right to evangelize freely is a basic part of their faith. Michele Boorstein, february 2010 internet


37 posted on 06/29/2010 2:59:51 PM PDT by bareford101 (Be loud! We have nothing – NOTHING - to apologize for in fighting for our Country!!)
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To: Lando Lincoln
It is because to the Devil's followers, their actions aren't religion; it is worship [i.e., Devil Worship]
38 posted on 06/29/2010 3:01:58 PM PDT by Gaffer ("Profiling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: Talisker
Nuts.

It was my attempt at sarcasm.

39 posted on 06/29/2010 3:19:42 PM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: All
You are all missing the point.

Religion is organized, as in Catholic, Baptist, Southern Baptist, Mormon, Judaism, Islam, Confucism, Taoism, et al.

Worship is what you do towards your favorite deity.

Religion is organized, structured, has literature stating beliefs, has leaders to turn to for one thing or another, has places of assembly. By doing away with religion, the Almighty ‘0’ can take your scriptures, tithes, offerings, scriptures, church buildings and holdings, leaders, scriptures, even your god!!! and tell you to whom you will worship.

This is not new. Consider homosexuality. By redefining a person's sexual identity from the biological to whatever you want it to be, homosexuality becomes okay and acceptable since we can be taught that a person's sexuality can be redefined to whatever we want.

They are trying to do the same thing with marriage by changing the definition of marriage to simply being an expression of love and commitment.

This could be one of the ways the communists got their people to accept the state control of religion. After all, once worship equals religion, then they can make the argument that they have not taken away our rights once they have done so.

40 posted on 06/29/2010 3:21:58 PM PDT by egfowler3 (No Vacancy)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Mac daddy chokes less when saying the word “worship than “religion, seeing how much time he spend in church.

Oh wait forget the term church, mac daddy and church don’t belong at the same time unlike mac daddy and say:

Golfing ( on sunday of course)

Parties

Vacations

Nose Candy

or

any other thing he can think of to avoid “Church”.


41 posted on 06/29/2010 3:55:15 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Mac daddy chokes less when saying the word “worship than “religion, seeing how much time he spend in church.

Oh wait forget the term church, mac daddy and church don’t belong at the same time unlike mac daddy and say:

Golfing ( on sunday of course)

Parties

Vacations

Nose Candy

or

any other thing he can think of to avoid “Church”.


42 posted on 06/29/2010 3:55:28 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: egfowler3; null and void; sheik yerbouty; Jeremiah Jr; Armaggedon; 444Flyer
Religion is organized, structured, has literature stating beliefs, has leaders to turn to for one thing or another, has places of assembly. By doing away with religion, the Almighty ‘0’ can take your scriptures, tithes, offerings, scriptures, church buildings and holdings, leaders, scriptures, even your god!!! and tell you to whom you will worship.

Zero is attracted to Biblical terminology (remember "Where is Armageddon?").

Revelation 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

43 posted on 06/29/2010 4:06:36 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

44 posted on 07/05/2010 11:59:07 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (" 'Bush did it' is not a foreign policy." -- Victor Davis Hanson)
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To: 3D-JOY; Alamo-Girl; Amos the Prophet; AnAmericanMother; an amused spectator; annalex; Antoninus; ...

ping


45 posted on 07/05/2010 12:32:07 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (" 'Bush did it' is not a foreign policy." -- Victor Davis Hanson)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

INDEED.

If you have not read the quotes of our leaders over the last 110 years, then you are missing some solid proof of their goals, strategies and hatred of Christianity:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2519352/posts?page=2#2


46 posted on 07/05/2010 12:52:32 PM PDT by Quix (THE PLAN of the Bosses: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2519352/posts?page=2#2)
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To: Albion Wilde

Thanks for the ping!


47 posted on 07/05/2010 12:53:02 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Graybeard58; JLLH; Outlaw Woman; StarCMC; AZ .44 MAG; prairiebreeze; Beloved Levinite; ...

Baptist Ping


48 posted on 07/05/2010 1:02:48 PM PDT by WKB (Oil spill = illegal immigration -- Until we stop the leak we will never fix the problems.)
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To: Albion Wilde; Alamo-Girl; Hodar; P-Marlowe

Religion is the FIRST freedom mentioned. No accident.


49 posted on 07/05/2010 1:12:03 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
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50 posted on 07/05/2010 1:21:01 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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