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Thomas Paine
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    (January 29, 1737-June 8, 1809)
    Wrote 'Age of Reason' (1795), 'Common Sense' (1776), 'The Rights of Man, (1792)' and 'The American Crisis'
    He was an alcoholic.
    He became an honorary citizen of France, and was later arrested by French officials when they found his ideas too radical.
    He received no assistance from the new American government, as the Federalist party was unhappy with his views on religion.
    He returned to America in 1802 and was buried in New York in 1809.
    In 1819, William Cobbett dug up Paine's casket with intentions of reburying him in England as a symbol of Britain's movement to Democracy.
    England refused to allow his casket buried there and his remains disappeared.
    During a time when it was rare to criticize religion, Paine wrote of the contradictions and atrocities of the Bible.
    He stated: 'All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.'
    He believed that government was a necessary evil of society.
    He is against the rule of kings and says that it is a heathen custom.
    He explained in 'Common Sense' why America should break free of England and set up as a republic.
    His famous opening sentence in American Crisis was 'These are the times that try men's souls.'
    For 2020, as of last week, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
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    In 2005, Out of 479 Votes: 42.17% Annoying
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    In 2002, Out of 4037 Votes: 38.02% Annoying
    In 2001, Out of 10734 Votes: 32.41% Annoying
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