Quote of the Day: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach of Englewood, N.J.

“I’m not interested in perfect people. This isn’t a dinner for angels.”

— Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, host of the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala, which featured New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has angered Jews with comments about the Palestinian territories, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who flubbed a debate performance during the 2012 campaign. He was quoted by The Star-Ledger.

Quote of the Day: Colleen Simon of Kansas City, Mo.

“I knew this was a losing engagement. I was just hoping for a longer engagement.”

— Colleen Simon, who was forced out of her job as director of a food pantry at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church because she is a lesbian and married to another woman. She was quoted by the Kansas City Star.

Quote of the Day: “Kosher Lust” author Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

“The moment you see orgasm as a transcendent experience and one that can lead to mystical union, it’s truly transformative. We don’t know how to deal with orgasm in American sexuality. For us, it’s just something that proves that the sexual encounter is over. The whole experience of sex is a means to an end. It leads to bad sex and short sex.” — Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, author of the new book “Kosher Lust”

Quote of the Day: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

“I read the words of Jesus Christ, and I realized that they were true. I used to think that I had found God, but I believe it is more accurate to say that He found me.”
— Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a convert to Christianity from Hinduism, addressing the graduates of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

Quote of the Day: Pope Francis

“If – for example – tomorrow an expedition of Martians came, and some of them came to us, here… Martians, right? Green, with that long nose and big ears, just like children paint them… And one says, ‘But I want to be baptized!’ What would happen?”
— Pope Francis, in a homily about how the Holy Spirit makes the church go “beyond the limits”

Quote of the Day: Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman

“The NFL, like most of the rest of American business, is about to learn that when you trample the Christian community and Christian values there will be a terrible financial price to pay.”
— Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman, promising a boycott of whatever NFL team signs the University of Missouri’s Michael Sam, who recently came out as gay. He was quoted by The Christian Post.

Quote of the Day: David and Jason Benham

“With all of the grotesque things that can be seen and heard on television today you would think there would be room for two twin brothers who are faithful to our families, committed to biblical principles, and dedicated professionals. If our faith costs us a television show then so be it.” — David and Jason Benham, whose planned reality show on HGTV was canceled after criticisms that the Christian twin-brothers were anti-abortion and anti-gay

Quote of the Day: Roanoke County (Va.) Supervisor Al Bedrosian

“The freedom of religion doesn’t mean that every religion has to be heard. If we allow everything … where do you draw the line?”
— Al Bedrosian, a member of the Roanoke County (Va.) Board of Supervisors, in an interview with the Roanoke Times about his plans to have a Christians-only prayer policy at county meetings after the Supreme Court upheld sectarian prayers at public meetings.

Quote of the Day: 80s pop icon Rick Springfield

“There’s something very attractive about seeing nuns walking down the street. It’s not a sexual thing for me; I know it is for some guys.”
— 80s pop icon Rick Springfield, in an interview with USA Today about his new novel, “Magnificent Vibration,” that features a nun named Alice.

Quote of the Day: Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore

“Buddha didn’t create us, Muhammad didn’t create us, it was the God of the Holy Scriptures … They didn’t bring the Quran over on the pilgrim ship, Mayflower. Let’s get real, let’s go back and learn our history. Let’s stop playing games.”
—  Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, speaking at a Pastor for Life luncheon in January, in a speech uncovered by Rawstory.com on May 2.

Quote of the Day: Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory

“Churches and other places of worship are intended to be sanctuaries — holy sites where people come to pray and to worship God. In this nation of ours, they have seldom been the locations where violence has disrupted the otherwise peaceful atmosphere. Yet even those occasions — rare as they may be — are not sufficient reasons to allow people to bring more weapons into God’s house.” — Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, announcing that he will not allow guns in Catholic churches under a new Georgia law.

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.