by Dan Quinn

From today’s TFN News Clips:

“Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”

— Dr. Ben Carson, a potential presidential candidate and a favorite of far-right Republicans and tea party activists, explaining why he thinks sexual orientation is a choice. Really.

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From today’s TFN News Clips:

“We declare this state to be the sovereign territory of Jesus Christ.”

— A pastor speaking at Tuesday’s Texas Faith and Family Day at the Texas Capitol, a religious-right event attended by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and a number of other Republican lawmakers.

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From today’s TFN News Clips:

“People want to marry a virgin, just like they want a virgin toothbrush or stick of gum.”

— From an abstinence-only sex ed program used in the Canyon Independent School District in the Texas Panhandle, comparing non-virgins to used toothbrushes and chewed gum. One upset parent explains: “There is a difference between teaching children about the real consequences of any sexual encounter and teaching them that they become less valuable because they chose to have sex before marriage.”

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When someone asks you, “Did the rape guy win?” and you have to ask which one, that’s a bad sign.

The above quote is from TFN founder and current Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards, and it comes from a Q&A Cecile did with the New York Times titled “What Cecile Richards Has Learned From Todd Akin“.

We’re flagging this because the quote is featured as today’s Quote of the Day in TFN News Clips (subscribe here) and because it gives us an opportunity to share an amusing anecdote re: former congressman and one-time U.S. Senate candidate from Missouri Todd Akin.

A few days after Akin made his now-infamous comments about rape in the midst of the Senate race he would eventually lose, we received a call from a reporter in Missouri. The reporter was looking into Akin’s contributors and in doing so came across something called the Texas Freedom Fund. A few Google searches later he had found the Texas Freedom Network and, like any reporter should do, he picked up the phone to ask if the Texas Freedom Fund was perhaps TFN’s political action committee or if we were… Read More

From today’s TFN News Clips:

“Do you think the Catholic Diocese of Austin promotes a Muslim agenda?”

— Texas State Board of Education member Thomas Ralitff, R-Mount Pleasant, noting that CSCOPE, a curriculum program criticized by far-right activists as supposedly anti-Christian and pro-Mulsim, is used in hundreds of public school districts as well as schools operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin.

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