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Return of Thomas Paine

Rep. Lindsley Smith followed through today on her pledge to revive a measure seeking to honor revolutionary pamphleteer Thomas Paine.

Smith, D-Fayetteville, filed a resolution that would declare Jan. 29 Thomas Paine Day in Arkansas. Jan. 29 is the birthday of Paine, author of the 1776 pamphlet “Common Sense,” which argued for independence from Britain.

Smith previously filed the resolution in 2007, but the measure failed in the House after Rep. Sid Rosenbaum, R-Little Rock, said Paine was a deist who criticized Christianity in his book “The Age of Reason.”

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  1. January 13th, 2009 at 2:44 am

    eLwood says:

    I wonder if the old 60s experiment of rewriting the Declaration of Independence in modern English then
    passing it around to see how many would refuse to
    sign would be worthwhile today?

    I hope we get a day celebrating Tom Paine. I’m not
    unrealistic about the chances but hopeful.

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