Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes.
Scott Chen, president of Grindr, the world’s most popular gay dating app, commenting on news that HTC, the Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturer, supports anti-gay causes.
“Some people think the marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman. And I think so too. But that’s your own business. Some people think the purpose of the marriage is to have a child carries your DNA. But again, that’s your own business. Marriage is personal. Why can’t you use your money to help the people suffer from poverty, hunger, war or disasters? Why would you want to spend your money on preventing people who love each other from getting married? There is nothing else more important in your life?”
“Apostle of Joy” Georgian Banov, describing how President Trump asked a “prophet” to anoint every doorway in the White House with oil.
“One of my friends, Bill Johnson’s friend, is one of the prophets near to the White House, and Bill said that recently Trump asked him, ‘Hey, you got some of that oil stuff?’ ‘What oil?’ ‘You know, the stuff that you guys put on things.’ And he goes, ‘No, I haven’t got it.’ ‘All right, will olive oil do OK for you?’ And gets from the kitchen some olive oil. ‘Whatever you gotta do, but go now and anoint every door in the White House. Anoint every door.’ And he says, they dressed him like a janitor so people don’t freak out — the staff. Not all the staff knows about all that stuff, you know?”
Ray Myers, a member of a select group of activists charged with crafting the platform for the Republican Party of Texas.
“I am Anglo and I’m very proud of it, just like black people and brown people are proud of their race. I am a patriot. I am very proud of my country. And white nationalist, all that means is America first. That’s exactly what that means. That’s where the president’s at. That’s where I’m at and that’s where every solid patriotic American is. It doesn’t have anything to do with race or anything else.”
Mat Staver, founder and chairman of the far-right Liberty Counsel, promoting the myth of a “war” on Christmas.
“The war against Christmas is nothing new. Repressive forces have always had the same goal – to first secularize and then to eliminate Christmas. We see it increasing every year as atheist groups try to ban any representation of Christmas. We must never take our freedom for granted.”