“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 […]
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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.
“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).
“We are to be ‘subject to kings, presidents, rulers and magistrates’ as they honor the Constitution. But if they don’t honor the Constitution, we don’t have no obligation to ’em. Only as they honor the principles of protecting liberty and freedom of individual rights do we honor them and their government. It don’t say we […]
“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.
“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.