Politicians and activists on the right in 2013 continued to have a problem with constitutional protections for separation of church and state, whether in public school Bible classes or in other government policies. Click here to read other summaries of the outrageous things we heard from the right in 2013.
There is no separation of church and state.
— — Texas state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaking at a Celebrate America event at a Baptist church north of Houston in Conroe.
Show me where that’s in the Constitution, because it’s not in the Constitution.
— Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, at a debate for Republican candidates for lieutenant governor in 2014, insisting that separation of church and state is not protected by the U.S. Constitution.
These courses get criticized by people who are concerned about political correctness.
— Texas state Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Van, defending public school courses about the Bible following the release of a Texas Freedom Network Education Fund report that showed many such courses are devotional instead of academic and essentially turn public school classrooms into Sunday school classrooms that promote the religious beliefs of the teachers and biased instructional materials.
What change shall be made in our bodies at the resurrection? How does God keep our hearts and minds?
— Clyde Dukes, who teaches a course about the Bible in Sonora (Texas) High School, one of a number identified in a Texas Freedom Network Education Fund report that inappropriately promote religious beliefs rather than focus on a study of the Bible’s influence in history and literature.
Well, it does, as far as I’m concerned.
— Marvin McHargue, a former dean at a Baptist college in Dallas, when asked whether he teaches students in his Duncanville, Tex., public high school Bible course that the New Testament “fulfilled” the prophecies in the Jewish book of Isaiah.
God should never be taken out of the schools.
— Martha Williams-McMurrian, an Arkansas resident speaking in support of legislation in her state encouraging public school Bible courses.
The right to keep and bear arms is granted by God and protecting from government aggression by the Constitution.
— U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Friendswood, making his case against gun safety legislation.
What you will see is a party that embraces life, a party that embraces marriage, and a chairman that understands that there’s only one sovereign God.
— Republican National Committee Chrairman Reince Priebus, speaking in an interview with David Brody of Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network.
The proposed San Antonio ordinance runs counter to the Holy Bible and the United States Constitution.
— State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, who is running for lieutenant governor, explaining his opposition to a San Antonio city ordinance barring job and housing discrimination against LGBT people.
Nowhere in God’s law does it say I must continue to be subject to a tyranny.
— Texan Micah Hurd, a Marine reservist who made national headlines last year by petitioning the White House for Texas to secede from the United States. Hurd has joined a militia group and is calling for the establishment of a government based on Christian law.
If you were completely areligious, completely atheistic, but you wanted to have a free country, and you wanted to have it safe and protected, then it would sound like, from historical purposes, that it might be a good thing to encourage those who believe in God to keep doing so. Because when a nation’s leaders honor that God, that nation is protected. It’s only when it turns away that it falls.
— U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, explaining his national security policy.