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    eQuest Male 30-39
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    July 19, 2014 at 11:56 am
    Link: Tea Party Textbook Shocks - One of Arizona`s public charter schools is under fire from the Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    July 20, 2014 at 6:57 am
    Shoes and school. That`s the real slavery.
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    Tiredofnicks Male 30-39
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    July 20, 2014 at 7:30 am
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    normalfreak2 Male 18-29
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    July 20, 2014 at 7:58 am
    ffs this is ridiculous. The tea party in general is bad for America as are most extremists.
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    DerryNH Male 50-59
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    July 20, 2014 at 8:17 am
    There`s no excuse for this nonsense being taught to children, if this is what this is. All he showed were excerpts, which could have been part of a lesson showing what some alternative opinions are, without endorsing them. Context matters.
    I`m not a Tea Party member, but I have never heard these views expressed as part of their set of beliefs.
    There is an occasional whack-job Tea Party member who gets more publicity than the other members (usually to make an invalid point concerning all tea party members), but most are NOT extremists.
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    DerryNH Male 50-59
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    July 20, 2014 at 8:23 am
    normalfreak2, I believe that a diversity of views is GOOD for America, even the views that I despise. Opinions contrary to your own will either make you reconsider the conclusions you`ve drawn, or they will strengthen your convictions. It`s health, and the alternative would be intellectual stagnation.
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    DerryNH Male 50-59
    206 posts
    July 20, 2014 at 8:24 am
    *healthy
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    July 20, 2014 at 8:36 am
    "most are NOT extremists."

    Rather depends on your definition of extremist.
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    madduck Female 50-59
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    July 20, 2014 at 9:14 am
    By all means expose older children to a wide selection of views- it should be part of teaching them critical thinking. To use books like this as text books- that is vile.
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    whodat6484 Male 30-39
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    July 20, 2014 at 9:20 am
    There are over 300,000 churches in this country and approximately 99,000 public schools. This is why we can`t have nice things.
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    normalfreak2 Male 18-29
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    July 20, 2014 at 9:33 am
    I`m all for seeing opposing views and critical thinking. Don`t you dare try to disguise that with a subversive attempt to teach "biblical and alternate histories". Have a differing opinion all you want but I`d rather it be based on facts rather than opinion especially if you are using it to teach young impressionable minds.
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    sosueme1966 Male 40-49
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    July 20, 2014 at 9:41 am
    Please stop slapping the "Tea Party" label on every right wing, religious, racist thing you see. The actual "Tea Party" takes no official position on any social issue and is strictly an anti-tax and spend organization. Are there nut jobs in the TP? Certainly. But not everyone who believes in low taxes and small government is a right wing religious zealot.

    BTW- this is a private charter school. Parents who send their kids there know exactly what education they are getting. This is what their parents believe, and they would be taught to believe this nonsense anyway, even if weren`t in their textbooks.
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    Viking864 Male 40-49
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    July 20, 2014 at 10:20 am
    Most Tea Party members are not extremist. Like any organization you have a few whack-jobs. I do not label all white people as racist because of the KKK and I do not label all Muslims as terrorist because of "Al Qaeda-Quacko".

    I think the bit about the Northern impact on slavery is a little out there but he is spot on about kids being jealous of others not having to go to school. In reality land it would be a bad idea but to a kid in choosing school vs. playing I think a lot would prefer playing.
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    eQuest Male 30-39
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    July 20, 2014 at 10:33 am
    @ sosueme1966,

    It`s a public charter school. They are funded by the government.
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    eQuest Male 30-39
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    July 20, 2014 at 10:36 am
    Not all tea party people are racists or extremists. But if you are racist or extremists, you are more likely to support the tea party.
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    monkeyspankn Male 60-69
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    July 20, 2014 at 10:42 am
    Our founding fathers went to great lengths to secure a just and practical future for us all. They made it clear and were unanimous in separating Church and State for a very good reason. Church has no business in politics and politics has no business in Church matters. It was true then and it is true now. The tyranny of government and the salvation of church are like oil and water. We have scores of other very important things to take care of, lets leave this one alone.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    July 20, 2014 at 11:17 am
    TYT? Automatically means it`s bogus. These guys spew out "news" without the slightest bit of "fact checking" involved...

    So a PRIVATE School is supposed to "Separate Church And State"?? SAY WHAT?? See? Spewing nonsense...

    Meanwhile? 100 rabidly liberal texts and concepts get taught in PUBLIC schools!

    The North had Slavery too, but never mind THAT little fact...

    Glad to see a "new person" submitting content though! Hats off @eQuest! :-)
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    July 20, 2014 at 11:27 am
    So a book some Tea Party members like... is suddenly THEIR "textbook"?

    How logical is that!

    A BOOK written by a non-Tea Party person is suddenly their DOCTRINE? As if all members must agree to every word it says?

    PLENTY of books get 80% correct and 20% wrong, do you throw them all away based on a few OBVIOUS mistakes?

    @WhoDat: So your answer is Burn Down The Churches then? And how many public schools VS private ones? See? That comparison might have made sense, you are just spewing garbage.

    >>There`s 7,800 "7-11 Stores" in the USA BUT ONLY 1,300 drug rehabilitation centers!! ZOMG! WTF! It`s an OUTRAGE!!!

    See? That`s what you sound like... churches vs schools = NON-issue...

    @eQuest: Charter Schools are funded by the Government? Indirectly Perhaps but that d
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    July 20, 2014 at 11:32 am
    Does every word in every textbook have to meet the "separation" clause? If so there`s going to be a LOT FEWER textbooks allowed...

    Sure, this book has some DUMB ideas in it, at least as quoted here. How does that equate with SoC&S? Don`t the rest of the VALID ideas (one presumes that there are some, yes?) justify adding it as a textbook?

    Are those "bad chapters" part of the curriculum? Lots of schools select some but not all text chapters to be included in their courses, yes?

    Like I said: TYT spewing non-sense = normal.
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    eQuest Male 30-39
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    July 20, 2014 at 12:18 pm
    What part of PUBLIC charter school is difficult to understand?

    If you don`t believe is public, google "Arizona public charter schools" and click on the first link, the Arizona Department of Education web page regarding their PUBLIC charter schools that are FUNDED BY THE GOVERNMENT. You know, with tax payer money.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    July 20, 2014 at 2:14 pm
    "Don`t the rest of the VALID ideas (one presumes that there are some, yes?) justify adding it as a textbook? "

    Oh dear. Only part of this meat is visbly off and rotting, the rest...I`m not sure. We`ll feed it to the kids anyway.

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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    July 20, 2014 at 2:43 pm
    @eQuest: They are PRIVATE schools which receive the funding a PUBLIC school would have gotten for the students enrolled there.

    They are NOT "run by the Government" are they? No!

    Same thing happens here in my Province: ANY school gets "$X" per pupil. On top of that, public schools get further funding from Tax Levies.

    I know "it" from "Shinloa" bro!

    My position: A private school which receives limited public funding is NOT the same as a 100% Government-run school. OK?

    @Lord_Jim: OMG! ONE BAD APPLE in the basket! Better toss the whole lot out! And those other baskets we picked too!! :-P

    That`s how they do things in the UK?

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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    July 20, 2014 at 2:56 pm
    Yeah, because liberals NEVER push their propaganda on impressionable young students.

    *Clicky-Clicky*

    This is why the government should not have any role whatsoever in education.
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    eQuest Male 30-39
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    July 20, 2014 at 3:02 pm
    @5Cats, answer me this, do they receive any, ANY money from the government? If they receive even 1 cent from tax payers, it is WRONG to push ANY religious agenda. Don`t you get it? Or do you really don`t understand why that`s wrong?

    Btw, I didn`t said they are run by the government, I said they are FUNDED by the government, which means funded by tax payers.

    I don`t know about you, but I don`t think that using tax payers money to fund fundamentalist christian madrasas is a good idea, not even slightly ok.

    And that`s just the religious part of what they are pushing into kids minds. There`s no way to justify the racist stuff that they are also pushing. Or are you going to argue in favor of that too? Even if it`s just 1% of the book, it`s still wrong, wrong, WRONG. Please, get your extremist blindfolds off for a second and see that what they are doing in Arizona is WRONG.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    July 20, 2014 at 3:06 pm
    5Cats
    "That`s how they do things in the UK?"

    Pretty much. I think we would see that as toxic and not let it come within an arm`s length of anything purporting to be education. At least I would hope so.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    July 20, 2014 at 3:38 pm
    @eQuest: Jeez guy!
    >Taxes are collected to educate children. School taxes. With me so far?
    >Each school gets $X per child per year.
    >If a child goes to a Private School (You call them Charter Schools, it`s the same thing!) in some places the money the Gov`t collected for THAT student is given to THAT school.

    This is not "Government Funded" since it is FAR from covering 100% of the educational costs.

    But it`s MUCH fairer than collecting education taxes and NOT educating that child!
    -Giving PARENTS freedom to CHOOSE where to educate their own children is GOOD, yes?
    -DOUBLE TAXING them by refusing to send the collected funds to that school would be BAD, yes?

    So a school run independently from the Government is NOT a Government-run school, even if SOME of it`s funding comes from taxes!

    Entirely different!
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    July 20, 2014 at 3:40 pm
    Lord Jim Click This! Since I suspect you`ve missed my point :-)
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    July 20, 2014 at 3:48 pm
    @eQuest: I`M an "extremist"? ME?

    YOU want to ban a book entirely on 2 passages? Possibly taken out of context? Because an uber-leftist bigot CLAIMS they are racist?

    BAN A BOOK for 2 passages... but that`s not "extreme" in your view?

    Ban `Tom Sawyer`? Ban `Uncle Tom`s Cabin`? Hummm?

    BY THE WAY: Separation of Church & State means the STATE CANNOT use laws to promote OR DENY a religion. It does not mean what you seem to think it means... that ZERO Government money can "go to a religious organization" no! It`s not like that at all!
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    eQuest Male 30-39
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    July 20, 2014 at 4:06 pm
    @ 5cats,
    Like I have said before, we can agree to disagree. It`s like you live in Bizarro World. I don`t know why I even bother. I think it would be easier to make a rock bleed than to make you understand that you are wrong.

    This is from the website of the Arizona Department of Education:

    "Created by the Arizona State Legislature in 1994, charter schools are state funded public schools. Charter schools are established to give parents academic choices for their children and provide a learning environment to improve student achievement. Charter schools contract with the state or district to provide tuition free educational services."

    Most of their funding comes FROM THE STATE. FROM TAX PAYERS.

    Again I say, even if 1 CENT of tax payer money is used to push a religious agenda in a school, it is WRONG.

    What they are doing with those textbooks is WRONG.
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    eQuest Male 30-39
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    July 20, 2014 at 4:09 pm
    Government money going towards a particular religion would be promoting that religion. Is that hard to understand?
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    eQuest Male 30-39
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    July 20, 2014 at 4:15 pm
    You saying that I want to ban books is like me saying that you want to promote racism.

    If people want to read that book in the privacy of their homes that`s their right, but I sure don`t want it to be taught in schools because it has content that promotes racism and a christian right view of the world that`s wrong. Specially when tax payer money is being used in those classrooms.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    July 20, 2014 at 4:19 pm
    This is total crap, TYT has a long history of taking things completely out of context and twisting meanings around. This idiot has NO credibility.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    July 20, 2014 at 4:27 pm
    @eQuest: Chill dude, I`m trying to stay mellow on IAB.

    Gov`t `funded` and Gov`t RUN are different subjects.

    SoC&S is not about "not 1 cent" to a religious organization.

    My example is of other books which "contain racism" but in FACT are not racist AT ALL!
    I do not know if that is the case here, no idea! But I`d bet the farm it`s better to FIND OUT first before advocating it`s banning (which is what you are, in fact, doing).

    It may well be that this book is rife with such things and unfit for any school, but until that is demonstrated? Why "leap to conclusions"? Based on TYT? Their track record is HORRIFIC! They make Glen Beck look like freaking Einstein!!
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    DerryNH Male 50-59
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    July 20, 2014 at 7:26 pm
    How can anyone take this video seriously? This guy even editorializes with his tone of voice. He starts the report with "Here we go again" suggesting that Arizona has a history of stupidity (they may or may not, but it has no place here). He pronounces the title "The Making of America" in a false redneck voice. I don`t know what he means by "they push out the idea of a Christian nation...". If he objects to the idea that the country was founded on Judeo-Christian values, it was.
    This man tries to make a point quoting from a source (Garrett Epps), who in turn is paraphrasing the book, rather than from the book itself. If you don`t know what`s wrong with that, turn off your computer and go make toast or something.
    When the book is quoted referencing white boys envying black kids` freedom, the idea is that they envied freedom from attending school, it doesn`t suggest they believed slaves were free.
    This is not journalism or even good editori
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    DerryNH Male 50-59
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    July 20, 2014 at 7:29 pm
    editorializing. I tried 3 times to post with the full word at the end. It`s not an IAB naughty word, is it?
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    whodat6484 Male 30-39
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    July 20, 2014 at 8:13 pm
    @5Cats - "So your answer is Burn Down The Churches then?"

    No, you f*cking retard, only you would come to such an asinine conclusion from my comment.

    "And how many public schools VS private ones?"

    I specifically said PUBLIC schools, learn to read.

    My point being, there are 3 times more churches than public schools, KEEP YOUR F*CKING FAIRY TALES OUT OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

    "churches vs schools = NON-issue..."

    If you had any critical thinking skills you`d be able to figure out the association as I just explained but I`ll repeat it again to make it easy for you.

    THERE ARE THREE (3) TIMES MORE CHURCHES THAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THIS COUNTRY. KEEP YOUR F*CKING RELIGION OUT OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    July 20, 2014 at 9:07 pm
    @WhoDat: So why compare Public Schools to Churches? Why not Synagogues or Mosques? I don`t seethe connection, unless you`re saying religion should ONLY be discussed in Churches and never in PRIVATE schools...

    Which makes little sense either, but more sense than the way you said it.

    If you polled 20 IAB members at random? I`d be shocked if 3 figured out -first try- what your point was.

    This post is about Private Schools, yet you talk about everything BUT and we`re supposed to "figure it out"?? Pfft!

    @DerryNH: lolz! Editorializing is a dirty work to the IAB Liberal Brigade if any non-liberal ever does it.

    The "Char Count" isn`t accurate; depending on if you make quotes or links? It can cut off after 800 or so. 900 is usually time to post ;-)
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    whodat6484 Male 30-39
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    July 20, 2014 at 10:11 pm
    @5Cats - Like I said, you clearly lack the critical thinking skills to understand what I said.

    I pointed out there are 3 times more churches (FYI, that figure includes ALL houses of worship) than there are public schools. They can discuss their religion in those houses of worship but must keep them out of any school that receives public funds.

    Charter schools are PUBLIC schools run by private groups and approved by the State Board of Education. While they are freed from SOME state rules, the MUST adhere to the state`s accountability tests and maintain a separation of church & state.

    Don`t believe me? Read about it here...
    Nat`l Education Association Policy on Charter Schools
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    32823 posts
    July 20, 2014 at 11:08 pm
    @WhoDat: Oh I understood what you TRIED (but failed) to say. Why should I spell it out for you if you`re too feeble to speak coherently? You want me to carry your water? Screw that idea.

    So: NO PUBLIC SCHOOL in America EVER talks about Religion, period? Is that your claim? Because by your standards they should all be shut down if they did so.

    And religious affiliated "institutions" ARE ALLOWED (says YOUR link) to open Charter Schools... just not OVERTLY religious ones.

    How is this post even vaguely related to "religion" anyhow? It`s about the Tea Party!

    I guess you`re correct @WhoDat: I`m unable to understand "liberal logic" quite the way you are! I keep letting things like `facts` and `reason` get in the way of blind obedience! Silly me!
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    Sleepyhallow Male 50-59
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    July 21, 2014 at 12:09 am
    An ignorant society gets the government they deserve.
    Why do you think the Far Right Republicans are so keen to undermine our educational system?
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    whodat6484 Male 30-39
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    July 21, 2014 at 10:49 am
    "How is this post even vaguely related to "religion" anyhow? It`s about the Tea Party!"

    One of the books in question, The Five Thousand Year Leap, teaches that "without religion the government of a free people cannot be maintained." That clearly violates the separation of church & state that must be maintained in schools.

    You want facts & reason, there you go. The book teaches that religion is a must for government and society to prosper, which is false and should not be taught as fact in schools.
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    Phosphoreign Male 30-39
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    July 21, 2014 at 2:40 pm
    I don`t necessarily doubt that these books are probably fringe / right wing / etc. I do, however, always have a hard time with someone who is criticizing a book based on someone else`s review, rather than citing passages from the book itself. In both cases, it seems he cites someone`s quoting, or interpretation of passages in the book, yet it doesn`t seem like he is actually citing either of the two books with direct quotes... seems a bit fishy to me.

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