Quote of the Day: Pope Francis

“This indifference makes you sick. Once again we have to repeat the name of the illness that makes us feel so bad in the world today – the globalization of indifference.”

– Pope Francis, criticizing the “globalization of indifference” in relation to Syrian crisis.

Quote of the Day: Ustaz Masridzi Sat

“We need to unite, we must declare jihad!

– Ustaz Masridzi Sat, president of Perkid, a Malaysian Muslim group, after traces of pork products were found in Cadbury chocolates in Malaysia. Perkid and other Muslim groups accused Cadbury of deliberately trying to weaken and divide Muslims by allowing forbidden pork products in chocolate.

Quote of the Day: Pope Francis

It is a bit ridiculous: ‘Tell me, when does your Christ rise from the dead? Mine will next week.’ ‘Well, mine was resurrected last week.’”

– Pope Francis, telling reporters about the need for Western Christians and Eastern Orthodox Christians to set a common date for Easter, after meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Jerusalem.

Quote of the Day: Former Catholic school teacher Richard Hague

“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 Catholic schools when he refused to sign a new contract in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati that required him not to support gay causes.

Quote of the Day: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani 

“#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.”

Quote of the Day: Federal Judge John E. Jones III

“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

Quote of the Day: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach of Englewood, N.J.

“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 campaign. He was quoted by The Star-Ledger.

Quote of the Day: Colleen Simon of Kansas City, Mo.

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.

Quote of the Day: “Kosher Lust” author Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

“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 leads to bad sex and short sex.”

– Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, author of the new book “Kosher Lust”