Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
The late Sen. Mario Gallegos, on his deathbed, to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. Gallegos was a stalwart of education and voting rights, returning early from his liver transplant to try to block Voter ID legislation.
Marty Rowley, the Republican candidate for the State Board of Education District 15 seat, advocating in favor of teaching intelligent design in public school science classes.
I do think if our teachers are given the freedom to teach the strengths and the weaknesses of evolution, then what we’re going to do is allow our students to look at all aspects and to make a well-reasoned decision as to what they believe with regard to a particular theory.
Pete Gallego, a state representative and candidate for Congress, on a controversial campaign mailer sent by incumbent U.S. Rep. Quico Canseco.
I doubt very much that Jesus would have been pleased.
A Todd Akin supporter, on the refusal by some Republicans to support Akin following his “legitimate rape” remarks.
They treat conservatives as they would prostitutes. They need them and they use them at night, for the vote, when no one’s looking. Then, in the morning, after the election, they pretend they don’t know us.
Dan Quinn, Texas Freedom Network communications director, on State Board of Education elections and next year’s textbook adoptions.
That’s where all these culture war battles will come to a head over what students learn about evolution, about civil rights, about church and state separation. All those battles will come in 2013 and 2014, and the textbooks will be in the classrooms for a generation.