The Week in Quotes (Aug. 10 – 16)

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

The American Family Association’s Ed Vitagliano, criticizing Archie Comics as promoting “the occult and homosexuality.” In a recent issue Archie died while taking a bullet for his gay friend.

I know I sound like an old crank. But when kids grow up being fed lies, why should we surprised if they believe lies? These kids grew up watching their parents laugh at “Will & Grace,” which changed people’s opinions, and now the kids don’t have a problem with it.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, after finishing a speech at the Iowa State Fair.

You’re welcome. I’m awesome!

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Jason Lisle, an astrophysicist and research director at the Dallas-based Institute for Creation Research who wants to show that science proves the biblical version of creation.

I think everyone here is doing it because we believe in the message and we ultimately want people to be saved. We want people to realize the Bible is trustworthy in matters of history and when it touches science. And because you can trust it in those areas, you can trust it when it comes to how to inherit eternal life.

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Mark Silk, director of the Leonard Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, on how the politics of religious liberty have transformed.

The heart of this issue is the question of discrimination and the way in which anti-discrimination legislation bumps up against certain kinds of religious liberty. It set up a deep tension between two strong values in a society: the nondiscrimination and the religious liberty value. Anybody who pretends that that’s a simple thing to resolve — they’re kidding themselves.

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Cathie Adams, president of the Texas Eagle Forum.

We do not accept the homosexual agenda, that is what we are talking about here. If those who embrace that homosexual agenda want to move to a state that does embrace homosexual marriage, there is a state of Massachusetts that they could move to.

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Mat Staver, on going to Latin America to fight same-sex marriage.

Because of what was happening in Latin America and what we are fighting here in America there needed to be a combination to be able to create a firewall for our Judeo-Christian values. That is what ultimately brought about this merger.

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, pausing a speech to needle Gov. Rick Perry over his infamous forgetfulness while running for president more than two years ago.

Victory number four — five. I could say ‘oops,’ but that would make news.

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Education Commissioner Michael Williams, reporting that nine out of 10 Texas school districts “met standards” rather than the other classification “needs improvement.”

Texans should be pleased to see the vast majority of districts, charters and campuses are meeting the standards set in the second year of the state accountability system.

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U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, challenging state lawyers in the HB2 trial as to whether abortion was being uniquely targeted by state lawmakers.

If you had a sprained ankle, would we stand for that? Would we stand for that if you needed an appendectomy? Is there any other procedure where we would stand for an entire day to have a minor procedure done?

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Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert.

This administration doesn’t have the desire, doesn’t have the will to actually stop it. Because…they saw people coming across as undocumented Democrats. So they want to keep that surge of people coming in illegally. Even though it includes a big spike in other than Mexicans. OTM’s as we call them. It includes a spike in people from countries where terrorism abounds. We have people coming in from countries where Ebola is located.

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BONUS:

Watch Christian rock star Vicky Beeching, who made headlines this week when she announced publicly that she identifies as lesbian, take on anti-gay pastor Scott Lively.

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