Catholic professors blast Boehner's record over cuts to poor
May 11th, 2011
07:27 PM ET

Catholic professors blast Boehner's record over cuts to poor

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Washington (CNN) - When House Speaker John Boehner steps up to the podium at the Catholic University of America's commencement on Saturday, he'll be tap dancing around the line between faith and politics.

On Wednesday, a group of 70 professors, priests, nuns and others from the Washington university and other Catholic colleges around the country fired off a letter calling Boehner on the carpet for what they say is his lack of support of legislation for the poor.

"Your record in support of legislation to address the desperate needs of the poor is among the worst in Congress. This fundamental concern should have great urgency for Catholic policy makers. Yet, even now, you work in opposition to it," the letter reads.

Boehner, Catholic by faith and Republican by party, was able to garner enough votes in the House for the passage of HR 1, the House budget proposal that has drawn the ire of many religious leaders.

The group of professors said the proposed cuts in the budget to Medicare, the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program and food stamps "guts long-established protections for the most vulnerable members of society."

Along with their letter they sent the speaker the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, a Vatican document on the teachings of the Catholic prepared in 2004 by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

The compendium cites specific guidance for lawmakers: "Those who exercise political authority must see to it that the energies of all citizens are directed towards the common good; and they are to do so not in an authoritarian style but by making use of moral power sustained in freedom."

Stephen F. Schneck is a professor at the Catholic University of America and director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies. He is one of the signers of the letter and said the impetuous for it took root early in the budget debate.

"It was probably the contrast between what the bishops were telling us about paying attention to the needs of the poor and the actual budget that passed through the House of Representatives," Schneck said.

"One of the most ancient teachings of Christianity is preferential treatment of the poor, and it seemed that in the way in which the ... budget tried to address the deficit and the debt, it was particularly targeting programs that serve the poor," Schneck said.

"We thought that was an inappropriate balancing of the various interests of society. It seems to us these examples that we gave were illustrations of what were really egregious targeting of really valuable programs to the poorest and most vulnerable people in America."

Schneck and the other signatories on the letter are urging Boehner to join with a group of religious leaders who have been calling for a "Circle of Protection" to be formed around federal programs for the poor. That group grew out of what some have said are liberal Christian activist groups but in recent weeks has grown to include a broad scope of Protestant, Catholic and evangelical leaders.

“Lawmakers need to understand what a circle of protection means," Jim Wallis, the head of Sojourners, said on a conference call with reporters last week about the effort. "It means if you come after the poor, you will have to come and go through us first."

The coalition of religious leaders behind the "Circle of Protection" also has drawn the ire of conservative media outlets.

Rush Limbaugh said on his radio program last month, "A favorite tactic of the left, you know, when it suits them they'll talk about Jesus Christ. When they can convince or try to convince everybody Jesus Christ was the patron saint of liberalism, then they will herald Jesus Christ."

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said the commencement address won't wade into the political battle over the budget. "The speaker will be delivering a personal, non-political message at the Catholic University of America that he hopes will speak to all members of the graduating class, regardless of their backgrounds or affiliations," he said in a statement to CNN.

"He is deeply honored to have been invited by CUA to address the school's graduating class and is looking forward to receiving an honorary degree from the only Catholic college in our country that is chartered by Catholic bishops,” the statement continued.

Steel also noted that an editorial in the student newspaper heralded the school's choice of commencement speaker.

Boehner is not the first Catholic politician to face criticism over how his politics and prayers mesh. During the 2004 presidential campaign, Sen. John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, was denied communion over his support for abortion rights, which some bishops said was in direct violation of the church's teachings.  Then-Rep. Patrick Kennedy, a Rhode Island Democrat, found himself in a similar row with his bishop in 2009 over abortion and was barred from receiving communion.

Schneck said any notion of whether Boehner's support for budget cuts would merit a withholding of communion is an "issue above my pay grade" and better left for a pastor, not a professor, to decide.

"I think the issue of a violation is one between him and God, but it seems the budget that has gone through the House of Representatives seems to be at odds with what should be the approach congruent with Catholic social teachings," Schneck said.

He also said the professors will not be disrupting the speech in any way and that their efforts were merely educational.

"Our efforts are to reach out to the speaker and hope to persuade him to think about endorsing the circle of protection."

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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soundoff (1,057 Responses)
  1. Jessica

    He needs to be refused communion until he stops attacking the poor, definitely not what Jesus would do...

    May 12, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • communion

      I don't think that is the answer and I didn't agree with the previous times this happened

      May 12, 2011 at 11:06 am |
  2. Draeggo

    I "Those who exercise political authority must see to it that the energies of all citizens are directed towards the common good; and they are to do so not in an authoritarian style but by making use of moral power sustained in freedom."
    ...and this comes from a church that uses iron fisted control over its followers, protected pedophiles (not saying they endorsed them) and most times demonstrates very little religious tolerance for other beliefs.

    Incredible double standard. No doubt why non-believers see Christians as a bunch of kooks. Maybe we should all tidy our own house first and do better at following our own rules before we castigate others?

    May 12, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  3. gerald

    Government prying money loose from "givers" to give to the poor is NOT charity that religion should be concerned about. It is stale "charity" robing charity of grace.

    May 12, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  4. Carl

    The government needs to get out of the charity business. While it may make for good campaigning and politics, it's a lousy area for the government to get involved, and they do it very badly. The goverment cannot and/or will not distinguish between those truly in need and those who simply want an easy hand-out. Americans contribute to and support charitable organizations, whether faith-based or secular, as our means to support the poor. Let's use those paths better and get the politicians away from charity.

    May 12, 2011 at 10:44 am |
  5. johnnie

    As a Catholic....I must say that I am shocked that Boehner is called onto the carpet for "failing to support the poor". The last speaker was a sanctimonious ABORTIONIST...where was the Church in condemning speaker Pelosi and her support of Planned Parenthood.....the systematic killing of infants via federal tax dollars.

    The federal gov't is too big, too intrusive and should be dismantled completely to ists core of military and defense. Social legistation has destroyed the motivation of families to make work the shining light in their lives. Far too many people are labeled and categorized disabled, poor and disadvantaged....when we should be teaching the blind to see, crippled to walk....and the disadvantaged to find a new way.

    Our leaders are not leaders but simple opportunists who fail to recognize the image of GOD in each ome of us....it is disgusting.

    May 12, 2011 at 10:43 am |
    • gerald

      Amen Johnnie

      May 12, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • misanthrope3

      Unfortunately not enough people think like this. They are looking for the handout.

      May 12, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • Danny G

      johnnie, being for the rights of women and being an abortionist are very different things. I don't expect someone like you to understand that, however. Planned Parenthood is an organization that helps women and children who cannot afford birth control and other basic health needs. They do good things. Try reading a different book today.

      May 12, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • call to action

      then get up out of that chair and take the fight to the people

      When the Germans bombed Perl Harbor did we just take it? Come on men... (yelling Belushi runs from the room arms leading his fraternity to the fight)

      Sadly this day as in that real life sad occurance, you will sit like his frat brothers and you will type expressing your outrage and feel better

      Who has a problem with reality? myself or you? hold on my tin foil hat needs an adjustment

      May 12, 2011 at 11:05 am |
    • BR

      @johnnie – Still swallowing the P.P. story, eh? Never let the facts get in the way of your rhetoric. Public money pays for exactly zero abortions at P.P. but it does pay for innumerable reproductive health screenings and education. Truly evil. And I suppose you’re the one who gets to decide whether someone is disabled?

      May 12, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  6. TiredofPolitics

    Now go cry about that!

    May 12, 2011 at 10:42 am |
  7. jamison

    Boehner – Get thee to a nunnery.

    May 12, 2011 at 10:42 am |
  8. chris

    I am sorry for all your hurt . I Love my lord and all his children. Thank you JESUS and give us your peace.

    May 12, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  9. dan

    I was at the WIC office when a woman drove up in her BMW to get her WIC vouchers. The poor need a way out of poverty and the churches need to learn that by taking care of the poor they will never learn to take of themselves.

    May 12, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • buggs420

      If you feel that helping people prevents them from helping themselves, why were you in the WIC office? You should have ended your post after the first line about a recipient driving a bmw. Fraud is the biggest problem. If we could sort out those "working the system", there would be plenty to care for the needy. Conservatives will not admit it, but Jesus was a "progressive". He was put to death because he taught selflessness and compassion, not for fighting to maintain the "status quo".

      May 12, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • Annette


      Have you ever thought that maybe she "HAD" a job and needed WIC because she just had a baby. I hear this crap about what someone is driving. I see people driving vehicles they purchased before being laid off. I doubt you told the truth about the BMW because of the lack of description. Was it a 1990 BMW? What were you doing at the WIC office. Did you need milk? People on these posts say such uninformed things about the poor. How they are breaking America (NOT) and how they are evil. If you work for the Government, you are "EVIL". What the hell is this country going to. Here in Atlanta, if you are educated at my job you are critiqued. For the record, I have faired well through all Presidents because I did get an "EDUCATION" and have used it. Before college, I went to tech school. Ignorance is bliss. Intentional ignorance to serve your own purpose is sinful.

      May 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  10. misanthrope3

    Thou shall not steal. Charity should be voluntary, not forced at gun point through government programs that spend a majority of the money on bureaucratic and administrative expenses. These "professors" have severe intellectual honesty issues.

    May 12, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • voluntary?

      really, and how do you feel about our police force? shouldn't we police our own neighborhoods? or mail? why am I paying for delivery for the U.S. when all I want is delivery to my house. Or guarding the borders? I don't need to have the Rio Grande patrolled, just down the street.

      sort of choosing based off of your own world and not our country; all the services above are paid for by our taxes, so people (Wall Street Journal just did an article on this) millionaires for example, are not paying taxes. So that makes their police, mail and national defense charity with respect to them

      are you gonna rail against that unfairness?

      May 12, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • misanthrope3

      Couldn't really follow you, but I will try. I am happy to pay for the services I use. Tax on my gas pays for road. A small portion for military and border security (not spread all over the world and fighting in 4 conflicts). We should not subsidize mail delivery. I carry a gun, I protect myself. We don't need police to arrest people for drugs and put them in jail. Same goes for countless other malem prohibitum crimes created to put more people in jail and increase the size of government. 40% of house holds don't pay taxes, so your reference to millionaires owning the police force? doesn't really make sense.

      May 12, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • glad you brought up roads, another example is National parks, public transportation, museums

      another good example, and I was not referring to millionaire's police force, simply that we pay taxes for police and other services, but instead of city police with taxes that 40% sets up its own police and not collectively by taxes. The same percentage (40%) was referenced in what I read and it specifically addressed the millionaires trying their best to avoid taxes and a large number succeeding in paying zero.

      So only the services that you used are ok? again I think your world is what you think we all should following

      May 12, 2011 at 11:32 am |
    • misanthrope3

      Parks and museums can charge admission, not take taxes. Police budgets are paid primarily with property taxes, which if not paid, result in foreclosure on the real property. Lastly, income tax is paid by those earning income. It is not accessed simply by being a "millionaire." While there are tax deductions for capital investments and other business expenses, (charitable deductions) if you are making a million dollars in income, you are paying a large amount of taxes. The top earners in this country pay the vast majority of the taxes. You simply want to steal more from others to pay for things you want. I find that immoral. If you want to steal money at least have the courage to do it yourself.

      May 12, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • a heavily subsidized economy

      interesting you point of view

      libraries don't charge admission, and I don't know nor do I care to list all the services, my line of thought is that our government like almost all around the globe are not 'free market' capitalist and the invisible hand of the market place has had a crutch placed on its broken bones long ago

      our economy is largely based on information so exactly who is paying and who is getting huge tax breaks is a mystery unless you know where to dig

      claiming that a person should have the courage to steal for themselves is really very twisted but fits with our current bunch of politicians that seems are directly descended from Tammany Hall

      Try this: no support from the government, crime goes up, trying to help people cuts down the desparation at the bottom of the economy, I wouldn't want to try the free fall you are suggesting

      Your gun that your carry can protect you some until you meet someone who has their gun out before you

      May 12, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • Floyd

      Misanthrope has his own gun and does not need the police. Oh, help us!

      May 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  11. PJ

    Yeah- hey...why not invite an unrepentant child molester or murderer? Boehner's on the same plane. The University should DO something, not just send a letter, and cancel his appearance- his committment to a Christian Faith or Conduct is as phony as his "Concern for America". Check his hairline for numbers, guys. He has NO place in the Company of decent Human Beings.

    May 12, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • decent human beings

      while I do not agree with the great orange one, your comment is over the top

      May 12, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  12. Drake

    The Catholic Church needs to step up their mission and stop pointing fingers. It's easy for members of a group that are failing their own mission to point fingers and blame someone else. We, as followers of Jesus, are guilty of not feeding the poor. By blaming the politicians, we are shirking our own responsibility. The government will never be able to do what we, the church, can do to uplift those in need. The Catholic Church needs to step up their mission and stop pointing fingers.

    May 12, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • T C

      Drake, how much do you really know about the Catholic Chuch and its mission. They do alot, Catholisc Relief Service is the largest non governmental provider of help to Africa. Catholic hospitals, schools etc number in the thousands, your comments sound line Anti-Catholic prejudice. We are not perfect but have done a lot of good.

      May 12, 2011 at 10:45 am |
    • my kids are in catholic school

      the church does a lot, so do the spectrum of christian churches

      I do not have experience with muslim or jewish organizations or other

      May 12, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  13. Hutch

    It is interesting that these professors have sent the Compendium to Boehner, but I doubt they have sent it to Pelosi. Mind you, even after having a private audience with the Pope in which he personally gave her his encyclical, she has not changed. I don't know why CNN is reporting the Catholic professors as the Catholic voice in place of the Vatican.

    May 12, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • Annette

      Hutch..after your "Pelosi" right wing talking point, consider this, maybe Nancy does not try to give the store away to the rich and maybe she is charitable and remembers that we are all not so fortunate. This country only allowed some to vote and work meaningful jobs only a few years ago. Wealth already had been created at the top with the help of those who did not prosper. Blame everyone because you are selfish and hypocritical like Boehner. I do not seeing him remembering where he came from other than being in the bar but that is not my call. He is a disappoint to those who did not make it like himself. I do not know how much personal money Boehner gives, but he certainly is not charitable to the poor. Sometimes the poor in this country do not vote for their better interest. I live in a southern state and some that are the most needy vote for the worst. Our state of grand ole Georgia voted someone who had been indicted for Governor (just thinking), can we trust him (ha, he is giving the store away to corporation while he tout job creation by them). Unemployment has went up here while tax breaks have increased for corporations (UMMMM....who would have thought).

      May 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  14. Cj

    Last I looked, the US was not a theocracy...

    It is long known that democrats are much more charitable with my money than republicans. However, repubs are much more generous with theri own.

    What to the profs and nuns expect the gov't to cut? Will they gladly take a cut in theri fed funding for the schools? How abotu gettig rid of the tax breaks for 'religious workers", or exempt org status? Will they give those up to enable emdicaid and WIC to be untouched?

    May 12, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • Hutch

      I agree with what you said about the Dems and Reps in terms of charity. Dems are much more charitable with other people's money.

      However the article is about the opinions of some professors at the Catholic University of America, not people of orders such as priests or bishops.

      May 12, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • misanthrope3

      Good points.

      May 12, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • charity

      perhaps Dems are more charitalble. really how can you know and do you not need both the yin and yang to make thoughtful decisions

      whomever thinks the charity is not needed needs to go to the kid's programs like First Five or visit a soup kitchen or visit the job help centers

      as a society, we are under paid and over worked relative to cost of living, this has thrown the rest of the parts of our society out of its' delicate balance

      May 12, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • Frogist

      @Hutch: The article actually says "a group of 70 professors, priests, nuns and others from the Washington university, and other Catholic colleges around the country..." Also "Circle of Protection" which advocates protection of the programs for the poor are made up of religious leaders from Catholics, evangelicals and protestants.

      May 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
  15. francisco

    What many don't understand is the country is out of balance, too much to the right, I'm catholic I was a employer, and I'm an independent lining to the left, we need social programs that uplift the lower class and we need EDUCATION, and all I see is tax credit for the rich and budget cuts for education, if we keep heading that direction we are gonna became a third world country

    May 12, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • out of balance

      I only slightly disagree with you

      I think we are heavily over worked and we are listening to economists WAY too much, this free trade business is giving away the store along with jobs

      now I agree that the polical nastiness and non communication has gone off the chart – over time I can see the growth of that and it is just not healthy

      I blame the shock jocks like Rush for that and people that don't care about America, like Karl Rove

      May 12, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • misanthrope3

      We spend more on education than any other country. We are currently ranked 25th and falling. I suggest you watch what goes on in the average high school/middle school in the US compared with say a Chinese school. The lack of respect, discipline and common sense in our schools is the problem, not spending. You could put 40 kids in a room with 20 year old text books and they would get a better education if their parents instill discipline and respect at home. Zero tolerance rules are also a sign that those running the schools have serious issues as well. My father carried his rifle to school for the shooting club in Ohio in the 60s. What has happened in 40+ years to our schools? Progressive ideas, thats what.

      May 12, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • Frogist

      @misanthrope3: According to UNESCO what accounts for the larger amount spent on education in the US is the phenomenally high cost of tertiary education. It has little to do with spending on high schools or middle schools. We are ranked 25th in skill tests of 15 yr olds which is where the majority of govt money is not spent in the US. Many schools are still vastly underfunded because of the way education funding occurs with wide disparities from state to state and even district to district. Could this be a factor? More likely I think than anything to do with "progressive ideas" and how they're ruining our schools cuz your daddy once brought a gun to class...

      May 12, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  16. Annette

    America, take a look at what is happening (floods, tornadoes, etc.). You think God may be punishing us for our selfishness and the awful heart of this nation now. Once, I was proud to serve US, but now. The selfishness and hate for others have overcome us. First, those now affected, taunted New Orleans for their sinful ways. Now, why the tornadoes, maybe punishing them for their sinful ways....just saying. The point is we never know when we will be affected and be poor so you should have compassion. Many of those affected probably did not feel poor until now they are homeless. Should we blame them. Do not give them my "Government" money. Is this what we want to hear from fellow Americans. That is not what we are made of. I am not the most religious but I feel US is being punished.

    May 12, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • punished

      I think it more has to do with natural cycles than God punishing us, I think our posts are from different beliefs about God and who he is

      If we think of the earth as an enclosed space ship with only so much in terms of resources and a space ship that self adjusts as it ages than God punishing us doesn't really ring as a factor

      May 12, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • Danny G

      Annette, you are simply ignorant. Most humans stopped believing in supernatural punishment over 500 years ago. Pick up a different book for a change and learn something about our planet.

      May 12, 2011 at 10:53 am |
    • joe

      God does not punish. Nor does he reward. If he's there, he just 'is'. Do you really believe he punishes people by bringing floods and famine? Does he listen equally when the hungry pray for food but die anyway as when the businessman prays for a raise and gets it? If I pray for something 'righteous' but don't get it is it becasue god has other plans? Or if I pray for something and get it it was god's will?
      One day humanity will waken and stop believing the rules that were made by MEN to keep MEN in check.

      May 12, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • Annette

      Danny, I am very intelligent and I will forgive you for calling me ignorant for my personal views. I guess that would make you stupid. Proved my point about hostility in US. Hey, you have your beliefs and I have mine. And Mr. Smarty, if you did not read clearly, I said suppose, and that is what I meant. I did not say he did. Of course, mom told me we had a forgiving God who does not harm. I think God works mysteriously...heard the story about the drowning man and ship.....he waited on God to help...but in realty he had sent a ship, boat, etc. but the man was looking for God himself and drowned. Bad judgment. I do believe in karma also....What is happening is not what always happens in this nation...I have been here over 50 years without the havoc.....maybe karma....who noes....just we need to understand we could be fine one moment and "POOR" there goes that bad word, the next moment.

      May 12, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • Annette

      Correction (not noes but knows). Got off work this morn and typed. Believe me I knew better. Just correcting. Doing things right is important to me.

      May 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  17. Tino

    Who cares what you say... you Catholics will still vote for Republicans because of their "family values" platform (even though it is a crock of bull). You are easily persuaded by rhetoric if it involves religion because you truly only care about yourself and hide behind religion to say that you are "giving" and "caring".

    What would Jesus do... he would care about others and not judge people because of their differences... basically the Democrats platform, but you are too self-centered to see that! Hypocrites!

    May 12, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • Rosa

      Tino, a whole lot of Catholics are left-leaning. Catholicism definitely favors liberal social positions, from being supportive of programs for the less wealthy to being anti-capital punishment. Even the supposedly conservative stance on abortion/contraception is really just an extension of the whole "life is sacred and we shouldn't meddle with it" concept that fuels the anti-capital punishment stance. Even when it comes to accepting science in the modern world, Catholics aren't trying to bury their heads in the sand like many religious conservatives. The Vatican supports evolution, not creationism. I am a Catholic. I understand that Jesus would support much of what Democrats support. AS DO THE PEOPLE IN THIS ARTICLE. It's like you didn't read it. 70 Catholics all called John Boehner out for his un-Catholic actions as a Congressman. I'm not sure where you're getting the idea that Catholics apparently WON'T oppose conservatives...even though a bunch of them just did. I certainly don't support many of the "family values" endorsed by conservatives. I'm very much in favor of things like legally recognized gay marriages, for instance. You really can't generalize about an entire group of people, you know; generalizations can be very, very dangerous.

      May 12, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • Rosa

      Furthermore, when it comes to election season, I automatically deduct points from any candidate who invokes God. I hate pandering, and I lose respect for any candidate who engages in it and mentions God or the Bible or anything along those lines. I don't believe God has a place in political debates or speeches. I want politicians to tell me what they support and leave me to figure out whether it fits in with my personal morals and values. And I am sure I'm not the only religious person who feels this way. So again, you can't just assume that Catholics specifically or religious people in general will vote for someone because of their religious-themed rhetoric. Some of us despise it as much as you do.

      May 12, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • Brian


      May 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  18. servantofTHEWORD

    Have a liberal heart...NOT a conservative heart...

    May 12, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  19. Truth

    The oil companies say that they are currently paying 40% of the taxes
    .The flip side is they hord 90% of the country's wealth. So this is their argument that 10% of the country's wealth should
    be responsible for supplying the 60% of taxes required to function as we know it.
    Seems these guys love their wallets more than thier country. Politicians claiming to represent the people are the worst.

    May 12, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  20. baloney

    the Bible does mention that we should take initiative upon ourselves to help the poor (and not rely on caesar, aka the govt) but we cannot sit here and say that that means the govt should not help at all.....hypocrisy on both the left and right has run rampant and each party only uses Jesus when it suits their needs.

    I'm a Christian and i think budget cuts should be distributed evenly across the board....I'm so sick of both republicans & democrats, fox news & msnbc, nobody wants to have legitimate debate/discussion anymore.....but then again it all comes down to selfishness and I guess that's just human nature, if only we could emulate Jesus' actions more

    May 12, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • I read your comment

      and I hope that you follow up with personal action and are doing more than posting

      I do not know you, but your words seem very balanced and thought out, action from you would be meaningful

      May 12, 2011 at 10:40 am |
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