Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
Texas State Board of Education board member Bob Craig, R-Lubbock, reacting to video of a speech by new board chair Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands, in which she questioned the faith of Craig and other board members.
I was offended that her comments seemed to indicate that only six people on the board were Christians. I am a Christian and very active in First United Methodist Church here in Lubbock. I have very strong religious beliefs, so that kind of comment did not sit well with me.
Board member Thomas Ratliff, R-Mount Pleasant, also responding to Cargill’s comments.
It’s an unfortunate start to her tenure as chairwoman. These kind of comments only further divide the board rather than bring us together for the benefit of our students and our schools. I look forward to better days ahead for our new chair.
Dr. Mila Means, on buying a car that nobody could miss: a bright-yellow Mini Cooper, emblazoned with lightning bolts. Dr. Means is the first physician trying to open an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kans., since abortion doctor George Tiller was murdered there by an anti-choice extremist. She purchased the Mini Cooper after receiving a note that said an explosive might be placed under her car.
It’s partly an in-your-face response. You’re looking for me. I’m here.
Jerry Falwell Jr., chancellor of Liberty University, on Gov. Rick Perry’s plans to address students.
Since Liberty is the world’s largest Christian university, we think it is important to expose the students to as many candidates as possible. How well they are received at Liberty will be a good indicator for how they will be received in Christian circles nationwide.
John Benefiel of the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network in Oklahoma City, saying there’s nothing patriotic about the Statue of Liberty. Benefiel is an endorser of Gov. Rick Perry’s all-day prayer and fasting event planned for next month in Houston.
Listen folks that is an idol, a demonic idol, right there in New York harbor.
Benefiel also called homosexuality an Illuminati plot to reduce the global population.
By the way, homosexuality is a great way to control the population. Do you understand? I’m serious about this and I’ve seen this in lots of places, that the entity that we call the Illuminati which is really over, above Free Masonry, has stated it as their goal…to limit the world population to no more than 500 million. Do you realize that means getting rid of all of us? Because there’s between 6 and 7 billion people in the world today, and to get from 6 to 7 billion down to 500 million you gonna have to kill a lot of people off. What do you think the health care bill is? Oh yes, it’s a death culture. What about homosexuality, that’s a great way to limit the population. It’s not a great way it’s a perverted way, isn’t it.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, at a meeting organized to raise funds for his day of prayer and fasting next month.
At 27 years old, I knew that I had been called to the ministry. I’ve just always been really stunned by how big a pulpit I was gonna have. I still am. I truly believe with all my heart that God has put me in this place at this time to do his will.
Margaret Poloma, a practicing Pentecostal and professor of sociology at the University of Akron, on a movement of radical Christians and self-proclaimed prophets who may throw political support behind someone like Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Where does God stop and they begin? I don’t think they know the difference.