Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
Crockett Keller, a store owner in Mason, Texas, in a radio ad offering a concealed handgun training course but not to anyone who is a supporter of President Obama or a Muslim.
If you are a socialist liberal and/or voted for the current campaigner in chief, please do not take this class. You have already proven that you cannot make a knowledgeable and prudent decision as under the law. If you are a non-Christian Arab or Muslim, I will not teach you the class with no shame; I am Crockett Keller, thank you and God bless America.
Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican presidential contender, on whether or not he believes President Obama was born in the United States.
I don’t have any idea.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, bringing up the topic of President Obama’s college grades, a key component of the ‘birther’ conspiracy the governor alluded to days earlier.
I’m really not worried about the president’s birth certificate [but] it’s fun to poke at him a little bit and say ‘hey, how about let’s see your grades and your birth certificate.’
Imam Yahya Hendi, founder of Clergy Beyond Borders, the organization sponsoring a group of interfaith clergy as they ride through the American South and Midwest to promote unity and interfaith understanding.
A rabbi next to an imam, next to an evangelical minister: it sounds strange. But this is the American dream. This is what America makes possible.
TFN President Kathy Miller, on Gov. Rick Perry’s ongoing support of Texas’ failed abstinence-only sex education policy.
A fiscally conservative leader might be expected to at least stop promoting a policy that’s been such an expensive failure. But apparently not Rick Perry. He has repeatedly chosen to follow the will of the right-wing base of the Republican Party, especially as the party continued to shift further [to the right]. It doesn’t matter that a majority of parents want more than abstinence taught in our schools, and it doesn’t matter what our kids really need to be healthy and responsible. What matters to Rick Perry is winning Republican primaries, and to him that means following his base rather than trying to lead it.