Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes.
Neil Cazares-Thomas, senior pastor at the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, on the so-called “bathroom bill.”
“It’s a demonstration of bigotry and discrimination using the name of religion…when we listen to the voices of those who we are making laws against, you understand then that your faith directs you to always be on the side of the marginalised, the poor, the disenfranchised. And when we don’t do that we are not exhibiting the faith of Jesus.”
TruNews “end times” radio host Rick Wiles, on the potential merits of an Ebola pandemic.
“Ebola could solve America’s problems with atheism, homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, pornography and abortion.”
Robert Jeffress, a prominent religious-right leader from Dallas and one of President Trump’s evangelical advisers, in a statement issued after President Trump warned that continued threats from North Korea would be “met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
“In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un.”
Corey Saylor, director of anti-Islamophobia efforts at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, commenting on the recent bombing of a Minnesota mosque.
“President Trump has to date not expressed any significant opposition to Americans turning on Americans of the Islamic faith. Through his Muslim ban and comments from the campaign trail, he has instead painted the entire American Muslim community as suspect.”
Adam Briggle, the parent of a transgender child, on the discriminatory “bathroom bill.”
“It’s not just that it legislates the most intimate of spaces — a move that should be anathema to conservatives. More problematically, it has operated like the One Ring from The Lord of the Rings: driving people into fits of passion and irrational fury, yoking them to a cruel, single-minded quest that can only lead to self-destruction. It has poisoned our civic discourse and torn the fibers of community.”