“Like Jim Foley before him, Steve’s life stood in sharp contrast to those who murdered him so brutally. They make the absurd claim that they kill in the name of religion, but it was Steven, his friends say, who deeply loved the Islamic world. His killers try to claim that they defend the oppressed, but it was Steven who traveled across the Middle East risking his life to tell the story of Muslim men and women demanding justice and dignity.”
–President Obama on the beheading of Steve Sotloff by Islamic State militants.
Above all we have to clarify that we are not misogynists, we don’t want to gobble up a woman a day! –Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, quoted in L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper, speaking about the investigation into the American nuns.
“I formally and humbly request to be made a citizen of the Islamic State. It would be an honor for any believer to be an obedient citizen soldier to a people and its leader who don’t compromise the religion of All-Mighty Allah to get along with the disbelievers.” –Nidal Hasan, convicted shooter in the 2009 Fort Hood massacre quoted on Fox News in a letter he wrote to the leader of the Islamic State.
“While the dire plight of Iraqi civilians should compel the international community to respond in some way, U.S. military action is not the answer … There are better, more effective, more healthy and more humanizing ways to protect civilians and to engage this conflict.” — Letter to President Obama signed by 53 religious leaders, academics and ministers urging alternatives to U.S. military action in Iraq and Syria.
“Let’s hope it doesn’t come to the need to send American troops. But if it does, we’re going to have to stop them. We’re going to have to fight them somewhere. Do we want to fight them in New York? Or in Washington, D.C.?
“Religion should confirm what we’re doing, not be an escape. Some of us are so heavenly bound that we’re no earthly good. When Michael Brown was on the ground, what did you do?”
–The Rev. Al Sharpton, speaking at the funeral for Michael Brown, an unarmed teen fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Sharpton was quoted by The Washington Post.
“No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day. … Their ideology is bankrupt.” — President Obama, speaking after militants from the Islamic State beheaded freelance journalist James Foley.
“What I would say to anyone who is engaged in violence is that approach will not ultimately yield the greatest benefit for the community. It may temporarily accomplish an objective. If the philosophy of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth was one we all embraced, most of us would be without eyes and teeth.”
— Martin Luther King III, son of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., asked what he would say to violent protesters in Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed black teen was shot and killed Aug. 9 by a police officer. He was quoted by the St.
“What’s gone on here over the last few days is not what Missouri is about. It’s not what Ferguson is about. This is a place where people work, go to school, raise their families, go to church. But lately it’s looked a little bit more like a war zone and that’s unacceptable.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Ferguson, Mo., where unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot by police officer Darren Wilson.
“The increase in savagery is not the worst thing that can happen now or in the previous decade or those before it. Rather, the most abominable of the levels of savagery is [still] less than stability under the order of unbelief.”
— Abu Bakr Naji, from his 2006 book, “The Management of Savagery,” as quoted in The Washington Post in an article on the seeds of the Islamic State’s brutality.
“The news coming from Iraq leaves us incredulous and appalled. All this seriously offends God and seriously offends humanity. You cannot bring hatred in the name of God. You cannot make war in the name of God!” — Pope Francis, speaking at St. Peter’s Square on Sunday (Aug.
“We are to be ‘subject to kings, presidents, rulers and magistrates’ as they honor the Constitution. But if they don’t honor the Constitution, we don’t have no obligation to ’em. Only as they honor the principles of protecting liberty and freedom of individual rights do we honor them and their government. It don’t say we honor them and their laws.”
— Mormon rancher Cliven Bundy, who is at odds with the federal government over $1 million in back grazing fees, talking to KUER’s Doug Fabrizio about Mormon teachings on being subject to civil government.
“We can be easily misunderstood, to put it nicely, by both sides of the culture war. For those who have a more affirming position, it’s as if we’re repressed, self-hated homophobes, encouraging the church to stand in its position on sexuality. And conservative Christians think that those who shift on sexuality are being rebellious.”
— Julie Rodgers, a self-professed gay celibate Christian, on the movement away from “ex-gay” therapy toward celibacy.