“Jihad combats inner destructive emotions. Everybody carries jihad in their hearts, including me.” — The Dalai Lama, rejecting claims by Islamic militants that the Muslim concept of jihad, or inner struggle, involves killing your enemies.
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About Ron Ribiat
Ron joined the RNS staff in 2012, 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.
“I know where his heart is. He’s going to be ready to go back. He loves Liberia. He loves taking care of the old people. He loves joshing with the young men. They say he is a Liberian with white skin.” — Debbie Sacra, quoted by USA Today in a story about her husband, missionary […]
“If you hate Jewish people then you are not reflecting the teachings of Christ. And the very same people who persecute and murder Christians right now, who crucify Christians, who behead children, are the very same people who target Jews for their faith, for the same reason.” –Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was booed off the […]
“The ‘closed on Sundays’ sign on his stores is a countercultural statement that man does not live by bread alone, and there is more to life than a bottom line.” — Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore on Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, who died Monday.
“When you come to church, when you worship Him, you’re not doing it for God really. You’re doing it for yourself, because that’s what makes God happy.” — Victoria Osteen, co-pastor of Lakewood Church, quoted in a sermon criticized by many Christians for promoting a “me-centered” Christianity.
“What I would say to anyone who is engaged in violence is that approach will not ultimately yield the greatest benefit for the community. It may temporarily accomplish an objective. If the philosophy of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth was one we all embraced, most of us would be without […]
“What’s gone on here over the last few days is not what Missouri is about. It’s not what Ferguson is about. This is a place where people work, go to school, raise their families, go to church. But lately it’s looked a little bit more like a war zone and that’s unacceptable.” — Missouri Gov. Jay […]
“The increase in savagery is not the worst thing that can happen now or in the previous decade or those before it. Rather, the most abominable of the levels of savagery is [still] less than stability under the order of unbelief.” — Abu Bakr Naji, from his 2006 book, “The Management of Savagery,” as quoted in […]
“He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most — from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets.” — President Barack Obama speaking about comedian and actor Robin Williams who died Monday at age 63.
“The news coming from Iraq leaves us incredulous and appalled. All this seriously offends God and seriously offends humanity. You cannot bring hatred in the name of God. You cannot make war in the name of God!” — Pope Francis, speaking at St. Peter’s Square on Sunday (Aug. 10).