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Wednesday, May 17, 2006 | When religious arguments are weak, the religious shout the loudest or show their colors proudly on such places as mountaintops. While the religious are shouting and erecting symbols, the politicians are trying to please those making the biggest fuss. Look at the fracas over the recent decision by San Diego’s Judge Gordon Thompson.

You will never hear a word as loaded with venom as “atheist” if you dare suggest that prayer, or symbols, don’t work. Ask Phil Paulson or his lawyer, Jim McElroy. Just don’t call them on their phones. They have been kept busy by people sending death threats.

Keith Taylor is a retired Navy officer living in Chula Vista. He can be reached at

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