The Week in Quotes (July 19 – 25)

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

Sen. Ted Cruz, in an interview with the New York Times Magazine, when asked if it’s a good or bad thing that “the world is on fire,” as he was recently quoted.

I am a passionate believer in the fire of liberty. Indeed, I have encouraged young people to become arsonists, spreading the fire of liberty.

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Sen. Ted Cruz, in his call-to-order speech for the Senate Judiciary subcommittee, which he chairs.

Much to my great disappointment this past term, the Court crossed a line and continued its long descent into lawlessness to a level that I believe demands action. The Court today is not a body of jurists; rather, it has declared itself as a super legislature.

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Pat Robertson on the 700 Club, sharing his non-legal interpretation of the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling.

Watch what happens, love affairs between men and animals are going to be absolutely permitted. Polygamy, without question, is going to be permitted. And it will be called a right.

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Rick Perry on Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” digging in his heels despite the 2013 change in Boy Scout policy to allow gay scoutmasters.

I believe that scouting would be better off if they didn’t have openly gay scoutmasters.

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David J. Meeks, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Farmersville, expressing his concerns about a Muslim cemetery being built in the small town of Farmersville, Texas

The concern for us is the radical element of Islam. How can we stop a mosque or madrassa training center from going in there?

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Hood County resident Mickey Shearon, speaking against an attempt to ban two LGBT-themed children’s books in the county library.

I oppose any attempt at censorship, not in spite of my Christian beliefs, but because of them.

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Zach Wahls, the executive director of Scouts for Equality, on a key leadership panel of the Boy Scouts of America voting unanimously to end the ban on gay leaders in scouting.

Today’s announcement hopefully marks the beginning of the end of the Boy Scouts of America’s decades-old ban on gay leaders and parents like my two moms.

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Bastrop Mayor Ken Kesselus, on the start of Jade Helm 15, a military training exercise that has been the subject of fringe conspiracy theories.

I’ve only gotten one call about this, from a guy from South Texas who thinks (President Barack) Obama is a Muslim imperialist who is going to take our guns away. That’s it. … Maybe there are people here upset about this, but I don’t know them, and I don’t know anyone who knows them.

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