Quote of the Day: Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore

(RNS) “Those of us who are pro-life have constitutional guarantees embedded in the First Amendment, along with everyone else.”

— Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, reacting to Supreme Court decision striking down a Massachusetts law creating buffer zones around abortion clinics.

Quote of the Day: Actor Gary Oldman

I would like to sign off with “Shalom Aleichem”—but under the circumstances, perhaps today I lose the right to use that phrase, so I will wish you all peace–Gary Oldman.

– Actor Gary Oldman, apologizing to the Anti-defamation League after an interview with Playboy magazine in which he said Hollywood is a “town that’s run by Jews.” He was quoted by Deadline.com

Quote of the Day: Mormon activist Kate Kelly

“I have been asking tough, sincere questions and speaking my mind since I was knee-high. I couldn’t stop asking them then, and I can’t stop asking them now.”

– Kate Kelly, who is facing possible excommunication for her activism surrounding ordination for Mormon women, in a letter to her bishops who are considering her punishment. She was quoted by the Salt Lake Tribune.

Quote of the Day: Texas Gov. Rick Perry

“I don’t necessarily condone that lifestyle. I don’t condemn it, either. We’re all children of God.”

– Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaking about homosexuality after initially comparing it to alcoholism, on CNBC.

Quote of the Day: Hillary Rodham Clinton

“One of my big problems right now is that too many people believe they have a direct line to the divine, and they never want to change their mind about anything, they’re never open to new information and they like to operate in an evidence-free zone. And I think it’s good if people continue to change.”

— Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in an interview with NPR’s Terry Gross, about her evolution from opposition to support for same-sex marriage.

Quote of the Day: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson

“I believe when I stand before the Lord God, I’m going to say, ‘Dear God, I violated a policy but I didn’t want to stand before you with blood on my hands.’”

— Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Paige Patterson, apologizing to delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Baltimore for admitting a Muslim Ph.D. student.

Quote of the Day: Family Research Council president Tony Perkins

“I’m beginning to think, are re-education camps next? When are they going to start rolling out the boxcars to start hauling off Christians?”

– Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, comparing the Holocaust to a court decision in favor of a gay couple against a local bakery.

Quote of the Day: Former President Bill Clinton

“God loaned her her voice and he decided he wanted it back for a while.”

– Former President Bill Clinton, eulogizing poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou at a memorial service at Wake Forest University.

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.