“I actually wasn’t thinking of this as an act of civil disobedience or church disobedience. I was thinking of it as a response to my son.” – The Rev. Thomas Ogletree, a United Methodist theologian and former dean of Yale Divinity School, who is facing church charges for presiding at the same-sex wedding of his [...]
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“We take an oath to do this. Can I pick and choose? No. Can I separate the sins from the sinners? No. We are burying a dead body. That’s what we do.” – Funeral director Peter Stefan of Worcester, Mass., talking to The Associated Press about the controversy from his handling of the body of [...]
“If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be — not just homosexuality, adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals, whatever it may be — I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ. So I would not characterize that person as a Christian because I don’t think the Bible [...]
“The History Channel is not here. I guess they were embarrassed about the whole Obama-is-a-devil thing. Of course, that never kept Fox News from showing up. They actually thought the comparison was not fair — to Satan.” – President Obama, joking at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner on Saturday in Washington.
“As our culture drifts ever further from the truth that each person is created in God’s image, and is therefore of unspeakable value, life will continue to be viewed as a cheap commodity.” – Focus on the Family president Jim Daly, writing in The Washington Post about the need for a “moral and spiritual awakening” [...]
“I guess at some point, I had to grow up. … Thirteen years later, I am proud to say that not only do I not fart in public, but I also don’t blurt out, “Who farted?!” when someone else does. If that ain’t progress, I’m not sure what is.” – Writer Chaya Kurtz, writing on [...]
“Tamerlan Tsarnaev represents Islam like Fred Phelps represents Christianity.” – The Rev. Susan Russell of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, Calif., in a Facebook post about the Boston Marathon bombing suspect and the outspoken anti-gay Kansas pastor.
“It’s time to acknowledge the dishonor of terrorism within our communities, not to deny it because of shame.” – Muslim author and activist Asra Nomani, writing in The Washington Post about the Muslim community’s response to the Boston Marathon bombing.
“I would not be willing to do a funeral for him. This is a person who deliberately killed people. There is no room for him as a Muslim. He already left the fold of Islam by doing that.” – Imam Talal Eid of the Islamic Institute of Boston, speaking to the Huffington Post about why [...]
“Not only did Jesus tolerate weapons, he instructed His disciples to buy them!” – Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, in welcoming the Senate’s defeat of a move to expand background checks for gun purchases.