Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a possible 2016 presidential contender, on climate change.
I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s odd response to criticisms of his remarks on climate change.
Let me give you a bit of settled science that they’ll never admit to. The science is settled, it’s not even a consensus, it is a unanimity, that human life begins at conception. I hope the next time someone wags their finger about science, they’ll ask one of these leaders on the left: ‘Do you agree with the consensus of science that human life begins at conception?’
Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, currently in a tough fight with state Sen. Dan Patrick for the GOP lieutenant governor nomination, on his office’s role.
The lieutenant governor is not above the members of the Senate. He is the presiding officer, not God.
Pat Robertson’s latest, and perhaps harshest, attack on young Earth creationism.
You have to be deaf, dumb and blind to think that this Earth that we live in only has 6,000 years of existence. It just doesn’t. I’m sorry.
Ken Ham’s response to Pat Robertson after Robertson attacked young Earth creationism.
Pat Robertson illustrates one of the biggest problems we have today in the church — people like Robertson compromise the Word of God with the pagan ideas of fallible men!
Rev. Susan Russell, a pastor at All Saints Church in Pasadena, California.
The First Amendment absolutely protects the right of the Benham brothers to preach, practice and believe whatever they choose whether that choice is anti-gay or anti-gluten. That’s part of the beauty of this country. Another part of the beauty of this country is that free enterprise allows networks like HGTV the freedom to decide what kind of values they want represented by the talent they hire. And this week HGTV made the decision that it does not want to give air time to two brothers who, when they are not flipping houses for profit, are proclaiming that equal protection LGBT families is ‘demonic’ and protesting a woman’s right to reproductive freedom. As a Christian priest and pastor, my response is a big fat ‘Amen.’
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, comparing gay rights supporters to Nazis.
So it is amazing that in the name of liberality, in the name of being tolerant, this fascist intolerance has arisen. People that stand up and say, you know, I agree with the majority of Americans, I agree with Moses and Jesus that marriage was a man and a woman, now all of a sudden, people like me are considered haters, hate mongers, evil, which really is exactly what we’ve seen throughout our history as going back to the days of the Nazi takeover in Europe. What did they do? First, they would call people “haters” and “evil” and build up disdain for those people who held those opinions or religious views or religious heritage. And then the next came, well, those people are so evil and hateful, let’s bring every book that they’ve written or has to do with them and let’s start burning the books, because we can’t tolerate their intolerance.
Republican candidate for South Carolina lieutenant governor Ray Moore.
We think the main culprit is public schooling. So there’s a holocaust, a silent holocaust going on in our evangelical churches.
Fred Sainz of the Human Rights Campaign, on ESPN showing Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend when Sam became the first openly gay player to be drafter by an NFL team.
I cried. Not just because Michael Sam had been selected. Just as importantly, because the networks did not shy away from covering that emotion, and his same-sex partner sharing that emotion with him. He wasn’t ashamed of it. He was proud of it.