“I simply cannot believe that Jesus would require me to condemn my friends, nor that Jesus would require me to report any of my colleagues who supported, even loved, gay persons, nor do I believe for a moment that Jesus would punish me for my earlier ministry.” – Richard Hague, who retired from a 45-year career in […]
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.
“#Happiness is our people’s right. We shouldn’t be too hard on behaviors caused by joy.” – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in a tweet after the release of six young Iranians who were arrested for making an “obscene video” of themselves dancing along to the Pharrell Williams song “Happy.”
“We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.” – Federal Judge John E. Jones III, striking down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage
“I think the train has left the station. I just can’t see a huge step back.” – Willamette University law professor Gwynne Skinner, quoted by The Oregonian, after a federal judge struck down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage
“I’m not interested in perfect people. This isn’t a dinner for angels.” – Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, host of the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala, which featured New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has angered Jews with comments about the Palestinian territories, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who flubbed a debate performance during the 2012 […]
“I knew this was a losing engagement. I was just hoping for a longer engagement.” – Colleen Simon, who was forced out of her job as director of a food pantry at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church because she is a lesbian and married to another woman. She was quoted by the Kansas City Star.
“The moment you see orgasm as a transcendent experience and one that can lead to mystical union, it’s truly transformative. We don’t know how to deal with orgasm in American sexuality. For us, it’s just something that proves that the sexual encounter is over. The whole experience of sex is a means to an end. It […]
“I read the words of Jesus Christ, and I realized that they were true. I used to think that I had found God, but I believe it is more accurate to say that He found me.” – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a convert to Christianity from Hinduism, addressing the graduates of Liberty University in Lynchburg, […]
“If – for example – tomorrow an expedition of Martians came, and some of them came to us, here… Martians, right? Green, with that long nose and big ears, just like children paint them… And one says, ‘But I want to be baptized!’ What would happen?” – Pope Francis, in a homily about how the […]
“The NFL, like most of the rest of American business, is about to learn that when you trample the Christian community and Christian values there will be a terrible financial price to pay.” – Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman, promising a boycott of whatever NFL team signs the University of Missouri’s Michael Sam, who recently came […]