Quote of the Day: The editors of America magazine

“No one should be subject to a criminal penalty simply for being gay. If laws like these do not constitute the “unjust discrimination” against gay people that the church rightly denounces, then what possibly could?”

– The editors of America magazine, a Jesuit publication, denouncing new laws in Nigeria and Uganda that impose stiff penalties against homosexuality.

Quote of the Day: Tea Party activist Julie McCarty

“My preference is a straitlaced Baptist to an everything-goes Methodist.”

– Dallas-area Tea Party activist Julie McCarty, co-founder of the NE Tarrant Tea Party, on why she’s endorsing one judicial candidate over another, based on church affiliation. She was quoted by the Star-Telegram.

Quote of the Day: Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

“I think we got off the track when we allowed our government to become a secular government. (We) stopped realizing that God created this nation, that he wrote the Constitution, that it’s based on biblical principles.”

– Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, in an interview with San Antonio pastor Matthew Hagee.

Quote of the Day: Pope Francis

“Who is at fault? All of us are. We are all sinners. There is only one who is right, and that is our Lord.”

– Pope Francis, in an informal message recorded on an iPhone, urging Christian unity.

Quote of the Day: Geoff Little of Nashville, Tenn.

“Why was Christ’s first miracle to be the ultimate bartender? Jesus was interested in celebration. We separate being human from being spiritual all too easily in Nashville.”
 
– Geoff Little, organizer of the Beer and Hymn Sing group in Nashville, Tenn., and a member of Downtown Presbyterian Church. He was quoted by The Tennessean.

Quote of the Day: United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson

“I’m not turning my back to the pain. I want to head straight into it. Let the chips fall where they may.”

– United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson, who was forced to file charges against a pastor for officiating at his son’s gay wedding, talking to the Philadelphia Inquirer about the lasting impact from the trial.

Quote of the Day: George Zimmerman of Florida

(RNS) “I know that ultimately, he’s the only judge that I have to answer to. He knows what happened. I know what happened. So I’d leave it up to him.”

– George Zimmerman, the Florida man who was acquitted of second-degree murder in the death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, telling CNN’s “New Day” that God is the only judge who matters.

Quote of the Day: Pope Francis

“Today, many people are afraid of making definitive decisions that affect them for all their lives because it seems impossible. This mentality leads many who are preparing for marriage to say, ‘We will stay together as long as our love lasts.’ Just as God’s love is stable and lasts forever, we want the love on which a family is based to be stable and to last for ever.”

–Pope Francis speaking to thousands of couples in St. Peter’s Square during a special St. Valentine’s Day blessing.

Quote of the Day: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

“I quite frankly don’t know how you do these hard jobs without some faith. I don’t know. Other people can come to you and explain it to you. I have no idea. I don’t know how an oath becomes meaningful unless you have faith. Because at the end you say, ‘So help me God.’ And a promise to God is different from a promise to anyone else.”

As one of six Catholics on the court, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas addressed the role faith plays in his work as a justice. He spoke at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday.

Quote of the Day: Former “Hour of Power” co-producer Michael Nason

“He banged his fist on his desk and told her she shouldn’t be telling him how to deliver his message. But the next day, he went up there and did precisely what she told him to do.”

– Michael Nason, who co-produced “Hour of Power” with Arvella Schuller, wife of Robert H. Schuller, for about 25 years, recalling how she once criticized her husband’s sermon. She died Tuesday (Feb. 11) at age 84. He was quoted by the Orange County Register.