The Week in Quotes (April 12 – 18)

Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.

Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, on the unsuccessful effort to make the Bible the state’s official book.

All I know is that I hear Satan snickering. He loves this kind of mischief. You just dumb the good book down far enough to make it whatever it takes to make it a state symbol, and you’re on your way to where he wants you.

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TFN President Kathy Miller, on a Texas House bill that would allow the religious convictions of child welfare providers to trump the best interests of children.

It does seem that this bill is designed to ensure that religious providers can use that faith to discriminate against LGBT families and children. Just as in Indiana, when this kind of issue arose to allow religion to be used to discriminate against LGBT families, I think it would be wrong for this state to move in that direction.

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Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III, declaring that a bill to make the Bible the official state book would be unconstitutional.

I am quite confident that the Bible’s distinguished place in history will not be diminished in the absence of a state’s endorsement.

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A sign carried at Monday’s Freedom Advocacy Day for LGBTQ equality at the Texas Capitol.

Don’t Indiana My Texas.

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, moments before he was asked why he opposes the freedom to marry.

I do believe people ought to be left alone. I don’t care who you are or what you do at home or who your friends are or what, you know, where you hang out, what kind of music you listen to. What you do in your home is your own business.

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