Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes.
“These politicians are trying to radically redefine religious freedom to mean the right to hurt people because of who they are, or whom they love. That’s discrimination, not freedom.”
“Religious liberty laws don’t give religious freedom — they take it away.”
“The entire point of the religious freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment is to protect the religious beliefs of all Americans, not just the views of some Americans, or even the views of the majority of Americans. By enshrining three specific, anti-gay religious beliefs not held by all religions or religious people in Mississippi law, and by giving Mississippians who hold those beliefs an absolute exemption from a wide variety of otherwise generally-applicable laws and regulations, HB 1523 flies in the face of this long and cherished constitutional tradition.”
“We’re here to tell Greg Abbott and his sidekick Dan Patrick: Not on our watch.”
State Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston, referring to the voucher bill passed by the Texas Senate. The Texas House early Friday approved a budged that included a provision blocking funding for SB3 and all other private school voucher bills.
“Who would carry this bill forward in the House?”
“We’re talking to Rep. Linda Koop.”