The Week in Quotes (Oct. 18 – 24)

by TFN

Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, acknowledging that human actions have contributed to climate change.

You know, after going to China, I think so.

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The Houston Chronicle editorial board, in response to Gov. Greg Abbott’s plans to cut Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood in Texas.

In the war against abortion, fighting Planned Parenthood is easier than actually reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies. So instead of better sex education or broader access to birth control, Texas will get another lawsuit. That won’t do much to help everyday Texans, but politicians will be able to count it as a win. If only they could share the spoils of victory with a young woman who can’t afford basic health care.

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President George W. Bush, commenting on Sen. Ted Cruz at a recent fundraising event.

I just don’t like that guy.

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Rabbi Neal Katz, a TFN board member, on his support for a project by Texans Equal Under Law to collect stories of religious-based discrimination.

Nobody should ever be turned away from a business or government office, refused service or evicted from their home simply because they don’t share another person’s religious beliefs or because of who they are or whom they love. That discrimination distorts the real meaning of religious liberty. If we do not respond to this kind of bigotry and allow it to continue unchecked — we are just as responsible.

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Noted journalist Mimi Swartz, on the disappointment she has felt in response to the anti-HERO groups in her hometown of Houston.

The events of the last few weeks have reminded me of an older Texas, the one I wanted to get the hell out of when I was growing up—the one that was a center of backwardness and bigotry I told myself Houston had left behind. Thanks to the fight over the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, a proposition on the city’s November 3 ballot, I’m reminded that my illusions were just that.

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