Quote of the Day: Mayor Vincent Gray of Washington DC

“In my best biblical reference, they can go straight to hell.”

– Mayor Vincent Gray of Washington, D.C., responding to protestors from Westboro Baptist Church who rallied against a pro-gay rally at a D.C. high school.

Quote of the Day: Bishop T.D. Jakes

“Be careful when folks try to name you from the outside. People will stand from the outside and call you all kinds of stuff. They will call you what they need you to be.”

– Bishop T.D. Jakes, Dallas megachurch pastor urging ministers attending the 100th Hampton University Ministers’ Conference to “break the mold.” He was quoted by the Daily Press at conference that attracts prominent African-American clergy.

Quote of the Day: Beard enthusiast Paul Roof

“The brewery didn’t come to me and say, ‘Hey, Paul, can we use your picture?’ They’re friends of mine, and they said, ‘We’re doing a beer can,’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s cool.’ I’m not in control of somebody else’s business. They don’t have to ask my permission.

– Beard enthusiast Paul Roof, who was fired from Southern Baptist-affiliated Charleston Southern University after a photo of his award-winning beard appeared on a can of Holy City Brewing’s Chucktown Follicle Brown beer. He was quoted by the Charleston City Paper.

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