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    Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
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    September 28, 2006

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    Pam

    Stange how they always talk about separation of church and state & don't want to allow any 'influence of church'- yet they use 'church ideas' when it provides a benefit to them.

    ron

    There is nothing in the us constitution regarding the separation of church and state, as expressed by many secular liberal politicians, liberal judges or the liberal media. the constitution states " congress will make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free excercise therof". liberal politicians , media, and judges have most people believing the separation exist, they always quote the constitution says separation of church and state, when nowhere in the constitution does that lanquage exist. a true liberal, should be doing everything possible to allow for the "free exercise thereof". the liberals are doing just the opposite of what the constitution states.

    My point was simply that alot of people, including politicians will get on 'bandwagons' for things-depending on whether it is 'something which offends them or provides them benefit. I wonder if some of the same people who are promoting the 'Advent type calendar-borrowed from the Christians' are the same people who support removing prayer from schools & public gatherings. A vast majority interpret things so it fits their personal desires & never stop to examine, that when they live their lives like this-they constantly contradict themselves. It all depends on what their 'desires are that particular day'

    Paul Smith

    Hi, co-creator of the Election Day Advent Calendar here. Thanks for your interest in it, I just wanted to respond to the comments. First, you assume that we are "they" -- i.e., against Christians -- but what gives you that idea? Have you looked at the Calendar or our website? It's nonpartisan and includes references and images of politicians of all stripes, including avowed Christians like George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, John McCain, among others.

    I also want to point out that things like Advent calendars are not solely the domain of Christians, they also enter the wider culture and become part of that as well. Sometimes it's regrettably, as in the case of the crass commercialization of Christmas. But we've had many people come up to us and say, "Oh, I had Advent calendars growing up as a kid," responding very fondly to our creation because of that familiarity, and not all of them were what you would call evangelical or even very religious in some cases.

    You're right that we are appropriating Advent calendars, but couldn't you argue that by recasting a very tried and true form into a new use and context, you can bring more people to it -- we've had many people who also had no idea what an Advent calendar was.

    At any rate, thanks for the discussion, it's fun, isn't it? That's what's so great about this country and why we decided to pay tribute to it in a small way, in a way that has engaged people on many levels. Thanks!

    Tom

    Election Predictions has moved to www.electionprediction.us . Just FYI for your link. Thanks!

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