Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, on a proposed amendment to the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act Wednesday that would allow humanists or members of ethical culture groups to join the military’s chaplain corps.
They don’t believe anything. I can’t imagine an atheist accompanying a notification team as they go into some family’s home to let them have the worst news of their life and this guy says, ‘You know, that’s it — your son’s just worms, I mean, worm food.’
Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, on state Sen. Dan Patrick’s CSCOPE witch hunt.
Sen. Patrick seems to think someone has appointed him Texas classroom czar, with the power to dictate to local teachers what they can and can’t do in their own classrooms. But school districts and their teachers, who work with parents in their own communities, know far better than attention-craving politicians in Austin how to teach their students.
Tea Party leader Ken Emanuelson at a gathering in Dallas.
I’m going to be real honest with you. The Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote if they are going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats.
David Barton, president of the Texas-based group WallBuilders, talking about the Starbucks coffee chain’s support for gay rights.
(T)here’s no way a Christian can help support what is attacking God. I’m sorry, you’ve got to find some other coffee to drink. You can’t drink Starbucks and be Biblically correct on this thing. It’s just a real simple principle.
Mary Ann Whiteker, superintendent of East Texas’ Hudson Independent School District, expressing her dismay over a political witch hunt that gutted a curriculum tool, CSCOPE, hundreds of the state’s school districts had been using to teach curriculum standards adopted by the State Board of Education.
When the state board tells you that you are supposed to teach the major religions and the beliefs of those religions, it’s then turned on you that you are promoting the Islamic religion because you taught students what the Islamic religion is.
Republican Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, responding to a question about how America became “so mediocre” in regard to educational outcomes.
I think both parents started working. And the mom is in the work place.