Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
David Lane, who is running Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s outreach to evangelical voters for his potential presidential run, calling on Christians to become martyrs in order to stop same-sex marriage.
If America is to be put in its place – put right – Christians must risk martyrdom and force Babel to the crux where it has to decide either to acknowledge Jesus an imperator and the church as God’s imperium or to begin drinking holy blood.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, after signing the “Merry Christmas” bill.
Religious freedom does not mean freedom from religion.
U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., whose measure banning abortions after 20 weeks was being considered in the House Judiciary Committee, arguing against a Democratic amendment to make exceptions for rape and incest.
Before, when my friends on the left side of the aisle here tried to make rape and incest the subject — because, you know, the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.
Ralph Hall, a 90-year-old Republican congressman from Texas who is a fierce defender of the Defense of Marriage Act, on mistakenly showing up at a Houston LGBT event.
Many of those in attendance probably were surprised to see me walk in, but were not surprised to see me leave quickly.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, speaking at the 2013 Pastors’ Conference in Houston.
I think we need to recognize it may be time to quit worrying so much about the tax code and start thinking more about the truth of the living God, and if that means we give up our tax-exempt status, I choose freedom more than I choose a deduction. I never gave a dime to God solely because it was a tax decision.
Pat Robertson, on Tim Tebow being cut by the New York Jets.
I think the treatment of Tim Tebow by the New York Jets is nothing short of shameful. He could have made a tremendous fullback if that’s what they’d used him for . . . it was just a travesty. . . . He’s got an incredible attitude, and, man, has he got muscles! He’s been working out and got this chest and muscles. . . . Anyhow, the Jets, they ought to get the Goat Of The Year award.
Iowa GOP chairman A.J. Spiker announcing the Iowa Republican Party will showcase Cruz at an annual picnic in Des Moines on July 19.
Senator Ted Cruz embodies bold leadership and Iowa Republicans appreciate leaders who stand up for them and fight big government recklessness. Ted Cruz is, without a doubt, a leader Iowans will want to meet.
Remington Reimer, 19, a Joshua (Texas) valedictorian who gained national attention after the microphone was turned off during his June 6 graduation speech, in which he admittedly veered from the text to make sectarian religious remarks.
But most importantly, I want to thank God for giving up his only Son for us to an excruciating death on a cross so his blood would cover all our shortcomings and provide for us a way to heaven in accepting his grace.