Quote of the Day: Pope Francis

“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).

Quote of the Day: Mormon rancher Cliven Bundy

“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 honor them and their laws.”

– Mormon rancher Cliven Bundy, who is at odds with the federal government over $1 million in back grazing fees, talking to KUER’s Doug Fabrizio about Mormon teachings on being subject to civil government.

“Quote of the Day: Restaurant owner Mary Haglund

“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.

Quote of the Day: Celibate gay Christian Julie Rodgers

“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 Rodgers, a self-professed gay celibate Christian, on the movement away from “ex-gay” therapy toward celibacy.

Quote of the Day: Consecrated virgin Linda Ann Long

“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.

Quote of the Day: Geoff Tunnicliffe of the World Evangelical Alliance

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, speaking with Vatican Radio after Pope Francis apologized to Italian Pentecostals for the discrimination and persecution they suffered in Fascist Italy.

Quote of the Day: Famhan Condé of Koundony, Guinea

“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.

Quote of the Day: Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

There’s still angst in the pews, but if they listen more to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John than to Rush Limbaugh, they’ll act with compassion towards these children.”

– The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, speaking to The New York Times about evangelicals’ response to the flood of unaccompanied migrant children along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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.