“I would like to sign off with “Shalom Aleichem”—but under the circumstances, perhaps today I lose the right to use that phrase, so I will wish you all peace–Gary Oldman.” – Actor Gary Oldman, apologizing to the Anti-defamation League after an interview with Playboy magazine in which he said Hollywood is a “town that’s run by […]
Author Archives: Ron Ribiat
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.
“I have been asking tough, sincere questions and speaking my mind since I was knee-high. I couldn’t stop asking them then, and I can’t stop asking them now.” – Kate Kelly, who is facing possible excommunication for her activism surrounding ordination for Mormon women, in a letter to her bishops who are considering her punishment. She […]
“I don’t necessarily condone that lifestyle. I don’t condemn it, either. We’re all children of God.” – Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaking about homosexuality after initially comparing it to alcoholism, on CNBC.
“I’m beginning to think, are re-education camps next? When are they going to start rolling out the boxcars to start hauling off Christians?” – Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, comparing the Holocaust to a court decision in favor of a gay couple against a local bakery.
“God loaned her her voice and he decided he wanted it back for a while.” – Former President Bill Clinton, eulogizing poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou at a memorial service at Wake Forest University.
“We are community that relies on Jesus Christ for strength, and we’ll need that at this time.” – Daniel Martin, president of Seattle Pacific University, after police say a gunman killed one person and injured three others.
“In my best biblical reference, they can go straight to hell.” – Mayor Vincent Gray of Washington, D.C., responding to protestors from Westboro Baptist Church who rallied against a pro-gay rally at a D.C. high school.
“Be careful when folks try to name you from the outside. People will stand from the outside and call you all kinds of stuff. They will call you what they need you to be.” – Bishop T.D. Jakes, Dallas megachurch pastor urging ministers attending the 100th Hampton University Ministers’ Conference to “break the mold.” He was […]
“The brewery didn’t come to me and say, ‘Hey, Paul, can we use your picture?’ They’re friends of mine, and they said, ‘We’re doing a beer can,’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s cool.’ I’m not in control of somebody else’s business. They don’t have to ask my permission.” – Beard enthusiast Paul Roof, who was fired […]
“This indifference makes you sick. Once again we have to repeat the name of the illness that makes us feel so bad in the world today – the globalization of indifference.” – Pope Francis, criticizing the “globalization of indifference” in relation to Syrian crisis.