The Week in Quotes (April 7 – 13)

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

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas.

I would point out that if you’re a believer in the Bible, one would have to say the Great Flood is an example of climate change that certainly wasn’t because mankind had overdeveloped hydrocarbon energy.

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Megachurch pastor Rick Warren, taking to Twitter to forgive the person who sold the gun Warren’s son used to commit suicide.

Someone on the Internet sold Matthew an unregistered gun. I pray he seeks God’s forgiveness. I forgive him. #MATTHEW 6:15

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Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, in an op-ed countering far-right claims that a curriculum management system is indoctrinating Texas students.

Does anyone really believe hundreds of Texas public schools would use a program promoting Marxism and Nazi mind control? Even schools in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin and others affiliated with prominent evangelical pastor John Hagee in San Antonio use CSCOPE. Are they indoctrinating their students into Islam?

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Rev. Charles Johnson, pastor of Bread Fellowship in Fort Worth, speaking against Senate Bill 23, a measure that would provide state tax credits to businesses that fund voucher scholarships for students at private and religious schools.

I’m not trying to speak on behalf of God, just the Baptists.

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Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

I don’t know of any gay agenda, but I have been doing this long enough that we do have a gay agenda. Our gay agenda is the ability to have jobs that we love, to support the families that we care about and to pay taxes.

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Lorie Barzano, who leads the Coalition to Strengthen Austin Urban Schools, on backdoor voucher legislation that state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, calls a “scholarship” program.

You can call it a scholarship program, but if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, smells like a duck, it’s a duck. And (SB) 23 smells like a duck.

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