The Week in Quotes (Feb. 17 – 23)

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

Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert, implying that guns are needed to stop the mythical threat of Sharia Law in the United States.

[The Second Amendment] is for our protection and the Founders’ quotes make that very, very clear. Including against a government that would run amuck. We’ve got some people that think Sharia law should be the law of the land — forget the Constitution. But the guns are there, that Second Amendment is there, to make sure all of the rest of the amendments are followed.

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NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, announcing his decision to cancel an appearance at far-right pastor Robert Jeffress’ church.

While I was looking forward to sharing a message of hope and Christ’s unconditional love with the faithful members of the historic First Baptist Church of Dallas in April, due to new information that has been brought to my attention, I have decided to cancel my upcoming appearance.

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American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer, reacting in a predictable way to the news of Tebow’s cancellation.

They’ve got another scalp to hang on the wall. They’ve got another notch in the belt … The only thing I can think of that would be this new information would be this cacophony of homosexual activists, the bullies and bigots at Big Gay, coming against him with animus, vitriol and hatred, and landing on him like a falling safe.

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Texas Senate Education Committee Chairman Dan Patrick, R-Houston, to those testifying against his bill to expand charter schools throughout the state.

I want you to understand that when you testify, you’re not testifying against a bill. You’re testifying against 100,000 families who are are on the wait list who are desperate for their children to have choice.

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Texas state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, on Barbara Cargill’s approval by the Senate Nominations committee. He added that while her testimony last week gave him sufficient confidence in her abilities, he “will be watching her actions closely to see if she lives up to her promises.” Her nomination now moves to the full Senate.

Texas deserves a balanced and fair State Board of Education chair.

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An unidentified man on a New York subway, confronting another homophobic subway preacher.

I’m a man. And I’m a good man. And I’m a gay man and Jesus loves me. Jesus loves me!

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Texas Freedom Network president Kathy Miller, on a poll TFN released yesterday finding that the majority of Texans support birth control and do not want it dragged into the “culture wars.”

The pill is not fair game.

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Dan Quinn, communications director for the Texas Freedom Network, on Plano Republican state Rep. Jeff Leach’s proposed legislation that would require an additional layer of parental consent for public school student participation in sex education classes.

The only thing sex education has to do with abortion is making it less likely a teen will get pregnant and seek one. Lawmakers would do Texas families a big favor if they stopped trying to drag our public schools and health care into the abortion wars.

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