Quote of the Day: Utah State Sen. Jim Dabakis

“It sealed the deal that I will not be joining Mr. Jeff’s group.”

– Utah State Sen. Jim Dabakis, who is gay, after receiving a letter from jailed polygamist Warren Jeffs that railed against gay people. Jeffs routinely sends a flurry of letters to Utah lawmakers. He was quoted by The Salt Lake Tribune.

Quote of the Day: President Obama  

“It’s late. You’re hungry. I will be brief.”

– President Obama, joking at the start of his remarks at the annual iftar, a meal marking the breaking of the daily fast during the Muslim month of Ramadan, at the White House on Monday.

Quote of the Day: Federal Judge Frank Easterbrook

“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 credit card, a preferred position over Buddhists, who emphasize love and peace.”

– Judge Frank Easterbrook of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, ruling in favor of humanists who sued that only clergy or government officials could solemnize a marriage ceremony.

Quote of the Day: Actor George Clooney

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 George Clooney, in a statement to USA Today after The Daily Mail published what he called a “completely fabricated” story that his fiancé’s mother opposed their marriage because of religious differences.

Quote of the Day: Suspected terrorist Shannon Conley

“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 of a fatal shooting in 2007. According to USA Today, Conley told agents “I hate those people” at the church.

Quote of the Day: Gregory Angelo of Log Cabin Republicans

“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 Republican to endorse same-sex marriage. He was quoted by USA Today.

Quote of the Day: Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore

(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.

Quote of the Day: Actor Gary Oldman

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 Jews.” He was quoted by Deadline.com

Quote of the Day: Mormon activist Kate Kelly

“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 was quoted by the Salt Lake Tribune.