Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the latest presidential hopeful asked by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt about his attitude regarding personally accepting an invitation to a same-sex wedding.
Yeah, well I probably would.
Rick Santorum, claiming that Christians are being persecuted because of the stance of some businesses on not serving gay customers.
The separation now is people of faith can’t tell the government what to do. In other words, we can’t bring our faith claims into the public square to live them out fully. And that is an interesting thing because what people say now is “anywhere the government is, faith can’t be.” Well, where isn’t the government?
TFN president Kathy Miller in a statement following the approval of HB 4105 by the Texas House State Affairs Committee.
This bill really represents a legislative temper tantrum that would lead to costly lawsuits the state would almost certainly lose. And it would thrill people in Indiana who could finally point to another state as the poster child for passing laws that discriminate against people because of who they are and whom they love.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, warning Americans that their liberty and freedom are under siege from their own federal government, and only Texas can save them.
When atheists tried to purge God from the public square, we defended the Ten Commandments monument, we defended `under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance, we defended the Kountze cheerleaders who chose to put Bible verses on banners, and we defended marriage as between one man and one woman because God’s law cannot be undone by man’s law.
Joan Cheever, a San Antonio woman who will be contesting a $2,000 fine for serving the homeless from her mobile food truck without the proper permits. Cheever contends her free exercise of religion is being burdened.
One of the police officers said, “Ma’am if you want to pray, go to church.” And I said, “This is how I pray, when I cook this food and deliver it to the people who are less fortunate.”
TFN president Kathy Miller on a ruling from a state judge that opponents of Houston’s equal rights ordinance did not collect enough signatures to force a repeal vote.
The political activists who want to repeal this common sense ordinance reject the basic values we all share about equality and nondiscrimination. They have even argued for the right to discriminate against anyone, including LGBT people and religious minorities. That alone shows why it’s so important for the city to finally enforce these basic protections for everyone.