Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
Scott Esk, a candidate for the state House in Oklahoma.
I never said I would author legislation to put homosexuals to death, but I didn’t have a problem with it.
Gov. Rick Perry, comparing gay people to alcoholics.
Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that. I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.
Rudy Oeftering, vice president of the gay conservative group Metroplex Republicans, after the Texas Republican Party adopted a platform that endorses so-called “reparative therapy” for gays.
There’s a very, very small group of people who want to keep the party in the past. We were here today to try to pull the party into the future. The only way the party can go into the future is to start listening to young people, to start listening to people who have gay family members.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on how to bring home a U.S. Marine who was imprisoned in Mexico.
Mr. President, you love to trade people, so why don’t we set up a trade. But this time how about instead of five Taliban, how about five Democrats? I’m thinking John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi — couldn’t we send them to Mexico?
Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., on climate change.
Then why did the dinosaurs go extinct? Were there men that were causing — were there cars running around at that point, that were causing global warming? No. The climate has changed since earth was created.
Keller Independent School District board member Jo Lynn Haussmann, after receiving a censure for making numerous anti-Muslim remarks.
I’m so sorry that I have disappointed many but I know that I’m not perfect and I know I have a forgiving God and I know I can go on and give my heart to this ISD. My heart is with the children.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, essentially claiming that only the religious right should be able to pray to God.
Women are used to Planned Parenthood preying on them—but praying on them? That’s a new approach altogether. Obviously, [Planned Parenthood] is always looking for new ways to justify abortion. But the Bible? That’s a step too far, even for them.
Dave Brat, who on Tuesday pulled off a stunning upset over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
It’s not about Dave Brat winning tonight, it’s about returning the country to constitutional principles, returning the country to Judeo-Christian principles and returning the country to free-market principles.
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, questioning the Rev. Barry Lynn, of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, about his Christian beliefs.
So, you don’t believe somebody would go to hell if they do not believe Jesus is the way, the truth, the life?
Family Research Council president Tony Perkins referring to gay rights supporters, after the Colorado Civil Rights Commission unanimously upheld a judge’s ruling that a Colorado baker had discriminated against gay customers.
I’m beginning to think, are re-education camps next? When are they going to start rolling out the boxcars to start hauling off Christians?
Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, apologizing to Southern Baptists for accepting a Muslim student into his school’s Ph.D. program.
I made an exception to a rule that I assumed, probably wrongly, the president has the right to make if he feels that it is that important. He was admitted as a special student in the Ph.D. program.