“When I was 4 years old in 1940, the idea was that all Protestants were going to hell. I was going down the street with my grandmother and there were two women from the Salvation Army on the other side of the street. I said, ‘Who are they? Monks, nuns?’ My grandmother said: ‘No, they are Protestants.
“NOW it starts to get real, people! When gay people have the same rights straight people do to get drunk and drive to Las Vegas to get married by an Elvis impersonator then marriage equality in the USA has crossed a Rubicon for sure.”
— The Rev. Susan Russell of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, Calif., a longtime advocate for gay rights, after a federal appeals court struck down Nevada’s ban on gay marriage, in a Facebook post.
“We stand for life. We stand for marriage. We stand for Israel. We bring back jobs and opportunity and unleash small businesses to make it easier for people to achieve the American dream. We abolish the IRS.
“Jihad combats inner destructive emotions. Everybody carries jihad in their hearts, including me.”
— The Dalai Lama, rejecting claims by Islamic militants that the Muslim concept of jihad, or inner struggle, involves killing your enemies.
“If you hate Jewish people then you are not reflecting the teachings of Christ. And the very same people who persecute and murder Christians right now, who crucify Christians, who behead children, are the very same people who target Jews for their faith, for the same reason.” –Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was booed off the stage when he gave a keynote address Wednesday (Sept. 10) at a Washington, D.C. conference intended to raise awareness of beleaguered Mideast Christians.
“When you come to church, when you worship Him, you’re not doing it for God really. You’re doing it for yourself, because that’s what makes God happy.” — Victoria Osteen, co-pastor of Lakewood Church, quoted in a sermon criticized by many Christians for promoting a “me-centered” Christianity.
“In the past, most wars were motivated by the idea of nationhood. Today, however, wars are incited above all using religion as an excuse.” –Shimon Peres, former Israeli president, quoted in the Catholic magazine, Famiglia Cristiana, ahead of his meeting with Pope Francis on Thursday (Sept. 4).