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August 1, 1986
White House-hunting evangelist Pat Robertson declared in Michigan recently that Christians "maybe feel more strongly than others" about God and country. Don't ask Rep. Barney Frank (D., Mass.), who got stuck in the speaker's chair during a marathon 1984 debate on school prayer. After one colleague proclaimed America "a Christian nation," Mr. Frank, who is Jewish, wondered aloud: "Well, if this is a Christian nation, how come some poor Jew had to get up at 5:30 in the morning to preside over the House of Representatives?"
NEWS
February 17, 1988 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
Harry Streep and Human Arms, a dance company that performed at Drexel University's Mandell Theater last night, speaks as much as it dances. While many groups use words for the poetic effect of their sounds, Streep uses them to communicate ideas. What you hear is what he means. Such a straightforward use of language is refreshing. A big problem in this concert, however, was that text was often the clearest vehicle of expression. Compared with it, the dancing often seemed wishy-washy.
NEWS
February 13, 2006
A youthful stand In his Feb. 8 commentary, "A teenager's rebellion against God and country," Jeff Cox uses the old, worn-out, right-wing, insidious ploy of labeling Sam Smith as having "inflammatory political and religious views. " He brands him as an atheist, thereby dismissing his intellectual stand of objecting to the war in Iraq and implying, wrongfully, that a 14-year-old is not mature enough to analyze events and make intelligent decisions, be it in the form of protest over the unjust war by not standing during the Pledge of Allegiance.
NEWS
June 2, 1988
Elect a governor with a big family, and some of his relatives are bound to show up on the public payroll, right? Actually, there's been very little of that with Gov. Casey. Instead, the governor seems to have taken the enlightened position that only his political backers - not the taxpayers - should support his clan. He doesn't face another election until 1990, but Mr. Casey is tooling up his campaign committee with various relatives and family friends. There's son- in-law Pat Brier, hired to be the $48,000-a-year executive director.
SPORTS
August 15, 2009 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
If we are to believe the coaches, signing Michael Vick to play for the Eagles was about God and Country - not what Vick might be able to do lined up in the Wildcat offensive formation. "So I think we're just seeing a symbol of some great leadership and Christian forgiveness," said Tony Dungy, the respected former NFL coach who has taken on the role of Vick's spirit guide. "Fortunately, in this country if we handle ourselves properly, we are given an opportunity for second chances," said Andy Reid, the head coach who pushed to sign Vick.
NEWS
July 15, 1998 | By James H. Warner
It was the summer of 1969. Anti-war activists across the United States were planning for a march on Washington. As a prisoner of war in North Vietnam at the time, I was tortured for most of that summer. I spent 13 months in solitary confinement. My faith in God and country helped see me through these difficult times. So did my faith in the American flag - and the freedom for which it stands. Once, during an interrogation, I was shown a picture of some Americans burning an American flag in protest against the war. "There," the North Vietnamese officer said.
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April 7, 2003 | By Dan Hardy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's not too often that Democratic Gov. Rendell is warmly applauded by a platform full of Delaware County Republican officials. But yesterday, patriotism trumped partisanship, as Rendell came to the county courthouse in Media to speak at a "Support Our Troops" rally called by the Delaware County Council and by a county veterans group, the Veterans Legacy Project. Rally organizers estimated that the event attracted 1,000 people. To the right of the podium was the reason the speakers and the crowd were there: a signboard put together by county employees with pictures of about 80 county residents who are in the military, most of them in Iraq.
NEWS
April 28, 1995 | by Joe Clark, Daily News Staff Writer
Bill Thompas used to be one "Magnificent Bastard. " Now, he's one disheartened, dispirited, jobless man of war. That's what can happen to a guy when he thinks he's "doing something for the love of my country" only to find out years later the feeling wasn't mutual. At least that's the way this two-tour, decorated veteran feels about going away to war in Vietnam. "When we left, we had God and country," said Thompas. "When we came back all we had was God. The country didn't care anything about us. It doesn't care about us to this day. " "I can't even get a job," said Thompas, 48, who lives in Frankford.
NEWS
August 28, 1994 | By Ilene R. Prusher, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Boy Scouts have long been inducted by raising their hands and pledging an oath to "God and country. " Some parents, however, would like to see scouts leave God at home and out of uniform. That is why the Anti-Discrimination Support Network, a division of the Freethought Society of Philadelphia, has a problem with the Boy Scouts and a boy's required promise to do both his civic duty - and his "duty to God. " That, the freethinkers feel, imposes a hardship on atheists, secular humanists, members of polytheistic religions - or anyone who thinks religion has no place in the public sector.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 1996 | By Jonathan Storm, INQUIRER TELEVISION CRITIC
TV producers are running scared in the fall of '96. The 41 new shows are marked by a panoply of paranoid productions and unprecedented upheavals on the sets of comedies. Networks swap series and borrow ideas from the movies. Women get the spotlight. Favorite stars turn up in droves. And in the midst of turmoil - three gentle new shows about God and country. "I think we're all scared to death," Coleman Luck, executive producer of a new UPN drama called The Burning Zone (Tuesdays, 9 p.m., Channel 57)
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June 23, 2010 | By John Gonzalez, Inquirer Columnist
More Americans should watch the World Cup. If you're still part of The Resistance - doing what you believe is important work on behalf of God and Country to ignore the event and fight the globalization of the sport - you're missing out. Most of the time, our collective anti-soccer sentiment is justified. Here at home, we're exposed to the MLS, a weak product of insufficient entertainment value. The best professional soccer gets played in Europe, a continent we've long suspected is run by clove-smoking pacifists and closet communists.
SPORTS
August 15, 2009 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
If we are to believe the coaches, signing Michael Vick to play for the Eagles was about God and Country - not what Vick might be able to do lined up in the Wildcat offensive formation. "So I think we're just seeing a symbol of some great leadership and Christian forgiveness," said Tony Dungy, the respected former NFL coach who has taken on the role of Vick's spirit guide. "Fortunately, in this country if we handle ourselves properly, we are given an opportunity for second chances," said Andy Reid, the head coach who pushed to sign Vick.
NEWS
February 18, 2006
Suburban bus depots I can hardly contain my outrage at the spoiled residents of Lower Merion, ("Wanted: A place to put 111 buses," Feb. 13). In a rapidly growing society, residents of any neighborhood are presented with challenges that must be accepted in order for society to move forward. We're not always happy with the choices these propositions present, but we ultimately must accept what is in the best interest of everyone. I'm tired of the "not in my backyard" attitude that's prevalent in the suburbs.
NEWS
April 7, 2003 | By Dan Hardy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's not too often that Democratic Gov. Rendell is warmly applauded by a platform full of Delaware County Republican officials. But yesterday, patriotism trumped partisanship, as Rendell came to the county courthouse in Media to speak at a "Support Our Troops" rally called by the Delaware County Council and by a county veterans group, the Veterans Legacy Project. Rally organizers estimated that the event attracted 1,000 people. To the right of the podium was the reason the speakers and the crowd were there: a signboard put together by county employees with pictures of about 80 county residents who are in the military, most of them in Iraq.
NEWS
July 5, 2002 | By Ron Hutcheson INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Declaring the United States "one nation under God," President Bush yesterday led a small-town Independence Day celebration in West Virginia as millions of Americans put aside fears of a terrorist attack to mark the first July Fourth since Sept. 11. Bush started the day in Ripley with an old-fashioned tribute to God and country. The community boasts "the nation's largest small-town July Fourth celebration" on its town square. He returned to the White House to watch the traditional fireworks extravaganza in the nation's capital.
NEWS
July 15, 1998 | By James H. Warner
It was the summer of 1969. Anti-war activists across the United States were planning for a march on Washington. As a prisoner of war in North Vietnam at the time, I was tortured for most of that summer. I spent 13 months in solitary confinement. My faith in God and country helped see me through these difficult times. So did my faith in the American flag - and the freedom for which it stands. Once, during an interrogation, I was shown a picture of some Americans burning an American flag in protest against the war. "There," the North Vietnamese officer said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 1996 | By Jonathan Storm, INQUIRER TELEVISION CRITIC
TV producers are running scared in the fall of '96. The 41 new shows are marked by a panoply of paranoid productions and unprecedented upheavals on the sets of comedies. Networks swap series and borrow ideas from the movies. Women get the spotlight. Favorite stars turn up in droves. And in the midst of turmoil - three gentle new shows about God and country. "I think we're all scared to death," Coleman Luck, executive producer of a new UPN drama called The Burning Zone (Tuesdays, 9 p.m., Channel 57)
NEWS
April 28, 1995 | by Joe Clark, Daily News Staff Writer
Bill Thompas used to be one "Magnificent Bastard. " Now, he's one disheartened, dispirited, jobless man of war. That's what can happen to a guy when he thinks he's "doing something for the love of my country" only to find out years later the feeling wasn't mutual. At least that's the way this two-tour, decorated veteran feels about going away to war in Vietnam. "When we left, we had God and country," said Thompas. "When we came back all we had was God. The country didn't care anything about us. It doesn't care about us to this day. " "I can't even get a job," said Thompas, 48, who lives in Frankford.
NEWS
August 28, 1994 | By Ilene R. Prusher, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Boy Scouts have long been inducted by raising their hands and pledging an oath to "God and country. " Some parents, however, would like to see scouts leave God at home and out of uniform. That is why the Anti-Discrimination Support Network, a division of the Freethought Society of Philadelphia, has a problem with the Boy Scouts and a boy's required promise to do both his civic duty - and his "duty to God. " That, the freethinkers feel, imposes a hardship on atheists, secular humanists, members of polytheistic religions - or anyone who thinks religion has no place in the public sector.
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