Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, attacking Georgetown University law school student Sandra Fluke after she testified before members of Congress to speak in favor of contraceptive coverage in health insurance plans.
What does it say about the college coed Susan Fluke [sic], who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, in a deep mischaracterization of President John F. Kennedy’s views on the separation of church and state. In his famous 1960 speech to Baptist ministers, Kennedy never said people of faith are not allowed in the public square.
To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes you throw up.
Texas state Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, discussing why there was little national attention to Texas’ sonogram bill but similar legislation in other states has received national media coverage.
I hate to say this, but in Texas we can fight all day long, but there’s a propensity to write us off. They think, ‘That’s Texas. Texas is a place where those kinds of things happen.’
Barry Goldwater, who lost in a landslide to Lyndon Johnson in 1964, speaking four decades ago on the subject of religion and politics.
Mark my word. If and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me.
Archie Comics co-CEO John Goldwater, responding to a threatened boycott by the American Family Association offshoot One Million Moms. The group is upset that a recent Archie comic features a same-sex wedding.
As I’ve said before, Riverdale is a safe, welcoming place that does not judge anyone.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, in signing legislation that made his state the eighth to legalize gay marriage.
For a people of many faiths, for a people committed to the principle of religious freedom, the way forward is always found through greater respect for the equal rights of all, for the human dignity of all.
Franklin Graham, the son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, apologizing to President Obama for questioning his faith in an interview a week earlier.
I regret any comments I have ever made which may have cast any doubt on the personal faith of our president, Mr. Obama. I apologize to him and to any I have offended for not better articulating my reason for not supporting him in this election — for his faith has nothing to do with my consideration of him as a candidate.