“It’s about the whole idea of gratitude. It’s not a religious thing, it’s a spiritual thing.” – Mary Haglund, owner of Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, N.C., on her restaurant’s 15 percent discount for “praying in public.” She was quoted by Fox News.
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About Ron Ribiat
Ron joined the RNS staff in 2012 as the editorial assistant, taking over story and press release distribution, comment moderation and other behind-the-scenes Web tasks. He's also a hero of the Columbia office, having successfully once captured and released a mouse that had taken up residence uninvited.
“We can be easily misunderstood, to put it nicely, by both sides of the culture war. For those who have a more affirming position, it’s as if we’re repressed, self-hated homophobes, encouraging the church to stand in its position on sexuality. And conservative Christians think that those who shift on sexuality are being rebellious.” – Julie […]
“I was hungry. And you asked for my papers. I was thirsty. And you wanted to see my visa.’ Not what Jesus ever said.” – A church sign at College Avenue Presbyterian Church in Oakland, Calif.
“While I’m often alone with my divine spouse, I’m almost never lonely.” – Linda Ann Long, a retired cardiologist in Minneapolis and a consecrated virgin in the Roman Catholic Church, speaking at a panel in Philadelphia about her vocation. She was quoted by The Philadelphia Inquirer.
“I recognize that in history there have been situations where Protestants, including Evangelicals, have discriminated against Catholic Christians and I am really sorry for these kinds of actions, because while we can disagree theologically, this should never lead to discrimination or persecution of the other.” – The Rev. Geoff Tunnicliffe, secretary general of the World Evangelical Alliance, […]
“We’re all scared here. There’s no solution. We can do nothing. Only God can save us.” – Famhan Condé, digging a grave for his half-sister, Marie, who died of an Ebola outbreak. Locals have become fearful of aid workers and doctors who they suspect of spreading the disease. He was quoted by The New York Times.
“There’s still angst in the pews, but if they listen more to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John than to Rush Limbaugh, they’ll act with compassion towards these children.” – The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, speaking to The New York Times about evangelicals’ response to the flood of unaccompanied migrant children […]
“It sealed the deal that I will not be joining Mr. Jeff’s group.” – Utah State Sen. Jim Dabakis, who is gay, after receiving a letter from jailed polygamist Warren Jeffs that railed against gay people. Jeffs routinely sends a flurry of letters to Utah lawmakers. He was quoted by The Salt Lake Tribune.
“It’s late. You’re hungry. I will be brief.” – President Obama, joking at the start of his remarks at the annual iftar, a meal marking the breaking of the daily fast during the Muslim month of Ramadan, at the White House on Monday.
“It is irrational to allow humanists to solemnize marriages if, and only if, they falsely declare that they are a ‘religion.’ It is absurd to give the Church of Satan, whose high priestess avows that her powers derive from having sex with Satan, and the Universal Life Church, which sells credentials to anyone with a […]