Quote of the Day: The National Religious Campaign Against Torture

Equating baptism to an act of torture like waterboarding is sacrilegious – and particularly surprising coming from you as someone who has publicly professed your Christian faith.

– The Rev. Ron Stief, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, in an open letter for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin after she told the NRA’s annual meeting that “If I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we’d baptize terrorists.”

Quote of the Day: Former Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone

“The spacious apartment like many residences in the old palaces of the Vatican is being dutifully restored (at my expense). It has been given to me to use temporarily and after me it will benefit someone else. As Pope St. John XXIII used to say, ‘I do not stop to pick up the stones that are thrown at me.”

– Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, former Vatican Secretary of State, rebuffing criticisms over a new 6,500 square-foot residence in Vatican City that is being renovated for his use.

Quote of the Day: Hillary Rodham Clinton

“The miracle of loaves and fish was the first great potluck supper. It is what women do every day: we feed the multitudes.”

– Hillary Rodham Clinton, a lifelong United Methodist, speaking to the convention of United Methodist Women in Louisville. She was quoted by United Methodist News Service

Quote of the Day: Evangelist Franklin Graham

“There’s been an ad circulating asking me to call on the NRA to support universal background checks. I want you to know that God has already done a universal background check on every one of us. He created you and knows everything about you. Nothing is hidden from His eyes.”

— Evangelist Franklin Graham, in a Facebook message ahead of preaching at the National Rifle Association’s prayer breakfast in Indianapolis

Quote of the Day: Jack Jenkins

“God promised that God wouldn’t do this again, make the flood. But God didn’t say that we couldn’t do it to ourselves.”

– Jack Jenkins, senior writer at the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative of the Center for American Progress, on how the staunch environmental message of Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” movie accords with Scripture.

Quote of the Day: The Rev. Tom Reese

“Thirty years from now, another pope will preside over another double canonization, that for Blessed Benedict XVI and Blessed Francis I … I will not be around to be  party pooper, but if I am in heaven, I promise to organize a party for all these popes who I am sure will get a good laugh out of it.”

– The Rev. Tom Reese, a senior analyst for National Catholic Reporter, writing about the politics of canonizing the conservative Pope John Paul II alongside the more progressive John XXIII.

Quote of the Day: The Rev. John Stabeno of Washington Township, N.J.

“As a priest, the most difficult thing is … to see a casket and to see parents walking behind it.”

- The Rev. John Stabeno of Washington Township, N.J., on his failed efforts to open a sober-living house for recovering addicts. He was quoted by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Quote of the Day: British Prime Minister David Cameron

“I believe we should be more confident about our status as a Christian country, more ambitious about expanding the role of faith-based organisations, and, frankly, more evangelical about a faith that compels us to get out there and make a difference to people’s lives.”

– British Prime Minister David Cameron

Quote of the Day: Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg

“I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

– former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in an interview with the New York Times about his legacy, including his work on gun safety.

Quote of the Day: Mindy Corporan

“I know that God did not do this. I know that there are evil, evil actions. But what we do have is each other, we have love and we have prayer, and we have friends and family.”

— Mindy Corporan, who lost her 14-year-old son and her father in a shooting outside the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan.