Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen after a two-day monetary policy meeting. Republicans in Congress continue to push for a government shut-down if Planned Parenthood isn’t removed from the federal budget.
We have a good recovery in place that’s really making progress, and to see Congress take actions that would endanger that progress — I think that would be more than unfortunate.
Steven Austad, chair of the biology department at University of Alabama at Birmingham, on the importance of teaching and understanding evolution.
If a store clerk or a business professional has little understanding of evolution, it may matter very little to the rest of the community. But ignorance and denial of evolution in the medical profession is serious. It will kill more people this year than handguns.
Rafael Cruz, being Rafael Cruz.
If the righteous are not running for office, if the righteous are not even voting, what is left? The wicked electing the wicked. And we get what we deserve. I’ll tell you what. It is appalling that in a city like Houston, right in the middle of the Bible Belt, we had a homosexual mayor. Why? Because too many people have been sitting in their pews or sitting at home with this business about ‘separation of church and state.’ Did you know separation of church and state is not in the Constitution or in the Declaration [of Independence]? It’s a lie.
U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Javier Palomarez on the impact that the Republican presidential candidate has had on Hispanic voter engagement.
I think the greatest thing to ever happen to the Hispanic electorate is a gentleman named Donald Trump, he has crystallized the angst and anger of the Hispanic community. I think that we can all rest assured that Hispanics can turn out in record numbers.
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, expressing his outrage over the White House issuing invitations to religious LGBT activists at a reception with Pope Francis.
If I were hosting a group of Alcoholics Anonymous, I wouldn’t set up an open bar. If you’re going to host the pope, for heaven’s sakes, bring the best and the most faithful Catholics you can.
Bill Nye, the Science Guy, in his latest educational video, “Can We Stop Telling Women What to Do With Their Bodies?”
If you’re going to say when an egg is fertilized it therefore has the same rights as an individual, then whom are you going to sue? Whom are you going to imprison? Every woman who’s had a fertilized egg pass through her? Every guy whose sperm has fertilized an egg and then it didn’t become a human? Have all these people failed you?