“I haven’t figured out why I felt so compelled to fight for the religious exemptions, to not erode Constitutional rights. I don’t belong to any particular denomination. I don’t wear one of those hats. I take religion out of everything. … Everybody finds their own religion somewhere. I have the same values as they […]
Author Archives: Ron Ribiat
“I prayed for the lady, I put my hand on her and I prayed. They said we don’t need your services anymore. They said we don’t do that here.” – Stan McNeil, who was fired from his job as a bus driver at Rutgers University, after he prayed for a woman in a wheelchair on […]
“On many issues – religion, politics, philosophy, strategy, tactics – we who have brought this suit strongly disagree with each other. But we all agree that the government’s … swallow-it-all collection of billions of telephone records from more than a hundred million Americans – is illegal, is destructive to American freedom … and must be […]
“I’m not affiliated with any particular church. I do consider myself a spiritual person. As I’ve said many times, I was very influenced by liberation theology, by Christian liberation theology in the work I did after college and after graduate school.” Newly elected Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio, quoted by the website Politicker.
“People shouldn’t be able to fire them because of their sexual orientation any more than you can fire them if they’re Mormon.” Sen. Harry Reid on why he and other Mormons are backing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, that would protect gays in the workplace. He was quoted in the New York Times.
“As a Catholic follower of Jesus and the pope, Pope Francis, I am clear that our Catholic religious doctrine has at its core love, compassion and justice for all people.” – Illinois state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, a Catholic who voted to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois, invoking Pope Francis’ “who am I to judge?” […]
“And I would now like to ask of you an act of charity. Don’t worry! It’s not a collection!” – Pope Francis, addressing pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square, before asking them to pray for a sick 18-month-old girl he had just met.
“You’d have to say a novena.” – Virginia Delegate Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, asked how Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli could have removed himself from the shadow of current Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s ethics controversies. Marshall was quoted by The Washington Post.
“Every time I go to sleep, I pray that Allah takes care of my family, just in case I don’t wake up.” –Former NFL player Hamza Abdullah, in a string of tweets, some of which seemed to criticize the NFL’s treatment of players. Abdullah, whose brother and NFL player Husain Abdullah had a concussion-ending season […]
“I struggle with why we are so offended with seeing human beings dressed up like monsters for two hours, when for the other 364 days of the year we see monsters dressed up like human beings, killing and raping and stealing and occupying and pillaging.” – Religion News Service blogger Omid Safi, a professor at […]