Four religions wage war for supremacy of western civilization. Each uses remarkably different tactics to gain converts and exert their control over society.

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“Why pay taxes?” asked Fred Phillips, who owes more than $2,600 on his home on an east-side block where five owners paid 2011 taxes. “Why should I send them taxes when they aren’t supplying services? It is sickening. … Every time I see the tax bill come, I think about the times we called and nobody came.”

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There are Catholics like Joe Biden who claim to follow what is too often called the “spirit” of Vatican II while rejecting the very foundations that important Council proclaimed. Then, there are others, like Paul Ryan, who grasp the implications of what it means to infuse the values informed by their Catholic faith into their political participation on fundamental moral issues such as the Right to life.

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I heard about seven minutes of the vice presidential debate on the radio. Both participants, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, sounded pretty good in that brief snippet. I raced from my car to turn on the television and watch it live. Frankly, I don’t know what to say. Really, I don’t.

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I didn’t have the stomach to watch much of the Democrat’s convention. My liberal friends probably felt the same about the Republican convention. Touche! I caught a little of Vice President Joe Biden’s speech. I couldn’t help but admire his rhetoric and delivery at the same time that I recoiled at his political philosophy and slipperiness with the facts …

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By Tom Quiner Paul Ryan has energized the Republican base. Joe Biden also energizes the Republican base at the same time he embarrasses his base by sticking his foot in his mouth. Polls show the race tightening. Here’s the question: will President Obama dump Mr. Biden from his ticket and replace him with Hillary Clinton?…

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Where Paul Ryan shows guts, Joe Biden offers up gall. Where Paul Ryan sticks to Catholic principle, Joe Biden caves. Paul Ryan believes in the American Dream which by definition includes Life. Joe Biden believes in only one thing: winning the next election, even if it means jettisoning core principles.

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With the choice of Paul Ryan as Romney’s running-mate, the 2012 presidential election will be the first in U.S. history with a Roman Catholic on both sides of the ballot. The contrast between the Catholicism of Vice President Biden and Congressman Ryan perfectly represents the ongoing debate about the Catholic vote going back to the Reagan years …

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