Quote of the Day: President Obama

“His job is a little more elevated. We’re down on the ground dealing with the often profane, and he’s dealing with higher powers.” 

– President Obama, talking about Pope Francis after their first meeting on Thursday.

Quote of the Day: Timberlake Christian School

“We believe that unless Sunnie as well as her family clearly understand that God has made her female and her dress and behavior need to follow suit with her God-ordained identity, that TCS is not the best place for her future education.”

– Timberlake Christian School in Forest, Va., in a letter the family of 8-year-old Sunnie Kahle, whose appearance has caused “confusion” among other students. Sunnie’s family removed her from the school.

Quote of the Day: Evangelist Franklin Graham

“World Vision maintains that their decision is based on unifying the church – which I find offensive – as if supporting sin and sinful behavior can unite the church.”

– Evangelist Franklin Graham, after the evangelical relief group World Vision said it would recognize the same-sex marriages of its employees.

Quote of the Day: U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman

“Many Michigan residents have religious convictions whose principles govern the conduct of their daily lives and inform their own viewpoints about marriage. Nonetheless, these views cannot strip other citizens of the guarantees of equal protection under the law.”

– U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman, in striking down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Quote of the Day: Aubrey Wood of Keller, Texas

“I’m at peace about it. If he passed on, he’s with the Lord. We’ll see him again either way.”

– Aubrey Wood of Keller, Texas, whose son Phillip was a passenger aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. He was quoted by USA Today.

Quote of the Day: The Rev. Nancy Wilson of Metropolitan Community Churches

“(We) do not celebrate the coming death of Fred Phelps.  We have lived under the shadow of his hateful messages, and we will not follow in his footsteps.  Today, we pray for his soul and for his whole family.”

– The Rev. Nancy Wilson, moderator of the predominantly gay Metropolitan Community Churches, on reports that anti-gay preacher Fred Phelps is near death.

Quote of the Day: Microsoft founder Bill Gates

“The mystery and the beauty of the world is overwhelmingly amazing, and there’s no scientific explanation of how it came about. To say that it was generated by random numbers, that does seem, you know, sort of an uncharitable view.”

– Microsoft founder Bill Gates, in an interview with Rolling Stone.

Quote of the Day: Catholic League president Bill Donohue

“I have had my last Guinness and Sam Adams. Heineken was always slop, to there is no sacrifice there.”

– Catholic League president Bill Donohue, in urging Catholics to boycott the beers after corporate officials pulled out of sponsoring St. Patrick’s Day parades in Boston and New York because gay groups are banned.

Quote of the Day: Thomas Perez of Spanish Christian Church in New York City

“I’m the pastor and they were my children, and some of them are missing in such a horrible way. But, what can we do? It’s life.”

– Thomas Perez, pastor of Spanish Christian Church in East Harlem, whose church was destroyed by an apparent gas leak. At least four parishioners died in the blast. He was quoted by USA Today.

Quote of the Day: ‘Duck Dynasty’ star Sadie Robertson

“When we began ‘Duck Dynasty’ we weren’t starting it for fame. We started it to get the message of God out there.”

‘Duck Dynasty’ star Sadie Robertson, speaking to Fox411, about the Christian family who stars in the hit reality show.