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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