“It is irrational to allow humanists to solemnize marriages if, and only if, they falsely declare that they are a ‘religion.’ It is absurd to give the Church of Satan, whose high priestess avows that her powers derive from having sex with Satan, and the Universal Life Church, which sells credentials to anyone with a […]
Author Archives: Ron Ribiat
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.
“The irresponsibility, in this day and age, to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous. We have family members all over the world, and the idea that someone would inflame any part of that world for the sole reason of selling papers should be criminal.” — Actor […]
“If they think I’m a terrorist, I’ll give them something to think I am.” — Shannon Conley, 18, who was arrested in Denver last April trying to board a one-way flight to the Middle East. FBI agents say Conley first drew attention when she began loitering around Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, Colo., the site […]
“It’s chaotic, really chaotic. People are not just worried and afraid, but they are really depressed about what will be the future, if there is a future.” — Archbishop Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Archdiocese of Erbil in Iraq, speaking to Vatican Radio about the Sunni-led insurgency that is upending life in Iraq.
“It seems the dam has finally broken: from local legislators to United States Senators, Republicans around the country are coming to the common-sense conservative conclusion that marriage equality strengthens society and is no threat to religious liberty.” — Gregory Angelo, executive director of the pro-gay group Log Cabin Republicans, after Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, became the fourth Senate […]
(RNS) “Those of us who are pro-life have constitutional guarantees embedded in the First Amendment, along with everyone else.” — Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, reacting to Supreme Court decision striking down a Massachusetts law creating buffer zones around abortion clinics.
“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 […]
“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.