Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, conservative co-host of “The View,” reading a poem she wrote while considering what to tell her young children if they ask about Osama bin Laden.
Osama Bin Laden was a very bad guy
He hurt many people, don’t ask me why
We shot him in the head and now he is dead
Now close your eyes and go to bed.
State Rep. Randy Weber, R-Pearland, one of 10 Republicans recorded as voting against a Texas House resolution commending President Barack Obama, as well as intelligence and military personnel, for planning and executing the operation to kill Osama bin Laden.
I support our troops, but cannot support a resolution commending Obama’s domestic handling of affairs.
NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, in a statement reacting to passage of the “Sonogram Bill,” a state measure that requires women seeking abortions to get a sonogram at least 24 hours ahead of time and to listen to a description of the fetus.
Indeed, this bill is designed to shame women, as if we are daft creatures unable to make personal, private medical decisions without the paternalistic oversight of legislators.
Tony McDonald, senior vice chairman of the Young Conservatives of Texas, who came up with the idea and asked Texas state Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, to carry an amendment requiring universities with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender resource centers to provide equal funding for a “traditional and family values” center.
It is giving leftists a taste of their own medicine, seeing their money go toward something they don’t support.
Dr. Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, reacting to allegations that a Houston-area teacher made inappropriate remarks to a Muslim student about the death of Osama bin Laden.
A lot of people are ignorant in the world, and so you just have to ignore them.
Joanna Brooks, Religion Dispatches columnist, on former Texas Republican Party co-chair and self-styled historian David Barton.
If David Barton is serious about history, he needs to demonstrate his respect for the time-tested process of peer review, the same way anyone who seeks to publish medical research would submit their findings to the review of their peers. He needs to listen to and acknowledge the hard-wrought findings of those who have devoted their lives to implementing and promulgating the best practices of historical scholarship. And he needs to open his own research to their rigorous review.
Derek H. Davis, director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, a Christian institution in Belton, Texas., on David Barton.
The problem with David Barton is that there’s a lot of truth in what he says. But the end product is a lot of distortions, half-truths and twisted history.