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Fake Abraham Lincoln Quotes

Instapundit has the latest on the fake Abraham Lincoln quote making the rounds--it was debunked by the Chicago Sun Times here:

"There's no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There's nothing good in war except its ending." Attributed to Lincoln by anti-war protesters earlier this year, the statement actually was made by an actor portraying Lincoln in an episode of "Star Trek."

Nonetheless, you can buy the t-shirt here.

And former Governor George Ryan of Illiniois used it in his speech on January 7, 2003 announcing his decision to commute the sentences of Illiniois death row inmates.

As I prepare to leave office, I had to ask myself whether I could really live with the prospect of knowing that I had the opportunity to act, but that I failed to do so because I might be criticized. Could I take the chance that our capital punishment system might be reformed, that wrongful convictions might not occur, that enterprising journalism students might free more men from death row? A system that's so fragile that it depends on young journalism students is seriously flawed.

"There is no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war. Except its ending."

That's what Abraham Lincoln said about the bloody war between the states. It was a war fought to end the sorriest chapter in American history--the institution of slavery. While we are not in a civil war now, we are facing what is shaping up to be one of the great civil rights struggles of our time.

We'd just say it's the thought that counts.

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