Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
State Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas, speaking in favor of legislation that would allow Texans to openly carry handguns.
The right to carry a firearm and defend life and liberty is a natural right, a God-given right, and does not need government permission to be fully exercised.
Jamie Johnson, who was hired to serve as senior director on Rick Perry’s potential presidential campaign, saying in an email that children’s lives would be harmed if the nation had a female president.
The question then comes, ‘Is it God’s highest desire, that is, his biblically expressed will, … to have a woman rule the institutions of the family, the church, and the state?’
Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., arguing that Chipotle’s removal of humanely raised pork from its menu is based on the same freedom that would allow a business to discriminate against LGBT individuals.
It is crucial that the same freedom of conscience enjoyed by the leadership of Chipotle remain equally available to business owners of faith.
Glenn Beck, announcing to listeners of his show that he’s quitting the Republican Party.
They’re torpedoing the Constitution, and they’re doing it knowingly. They’re taking on people like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz and they are torpedoing them. Knowingly. And these guys are standing for the Constitution.
The Longview News-Journal, on the White Oak Independent School District ordering the high school principal to stop reading Bible verses as part of morning announcements over the school’s intercom.
This decision is not worth fighting or worrying about. Teach principles of religion at home and in church. Use the public schoolhouse for academic subjects. They both have their place — but it isn’t the same place.
Daniel Williams of Equality Texas, on Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton suing the Obama administration for giving medical leave benefits to certain same-sex couples.
I think there are a lot of people who would like to know why the attorney general cares if loving, committed couples are recognized as loving, committed couples.
Caleb Moore, the son of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, blaming his arrest for possession of marijuana and prescription tranquilizers on a liberal plot to bring down his father and “destroy” his family.
This is nothing more than a prime example of how media and crooked police officers and critics of my dad try to not only destroy his career for what he stands for but will go as far as trying to destroy his family. I am not a drug user as the drug test taken today will show. As for the malicious possession charges, justice will be served.
A statement from the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, on the Presbyterian Church approving new language that allows its churches to perform same-sex marriages.
The change aligns the church’s constitution with a reality that has long been true: Both same-gender and opposite-gender couples have been living in relationships that demonstrate covenant faithfulness, shared discipleship, and mutual love.
State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, who has filed legislation to do away with Texas’ anti-sodomy law, which remains on the books a dozen years after the U.S. Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional.
By leaving this provision in the law it’s insulting to Texans in the (lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender) community. It’s inconsistent, bordering on hypocritical to say one should remove something that’s been struck down … and not remove other statutes and language that has been struck down.