The Week in Quotes (July 30 – Aug. 5)

Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes.

Columnist Jon Mark Beilue, writing about the so-called “bathroom bill” in the Texas Legislature.

“I’m not a liberal. I’m part of a growing group I’d call ’embarrassed conservatives’ — a large faction growing by the day who admired and voted for Ronald Reagan and wonders what in the world happened to sane, reasonable conservatism in the wake of the election of Donald Trump and what has drifted down further to the statehouse.”


Keith Flaugh of Florida Citizens’ Alliance, a conservative group that helped develop a new state law that allows parents, and any residents, to challenge the use of textbooks and instructional materials they find objectionable via an independent hearing.

“We found them to be full of political indoctrination, religious indoctrination, revisionist history and distorting our founding values and principles, even a significant quantity of pornography.”

Texas state Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, indicating there’s little support for a private school voucher bill that came before the House Public Education Committee on Tuesday.

“We’ve offered meaningful solutions that were … dismissed when they went over to the Senate. If they don’t want to have a policy discussion, then there’s no point in us continuing down that road.”


Richard Land, the former head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy arm, boasting that the religious right has “unprecedented access” and “impact on policy” under the Trump administration.

“And it is sort of nice when you walk around the halls of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to keep running into people you know who are evangelicals. Personnel is policy. And there are more evangelicals in this administration as personnel than any administration in my lifetime, probably since Calvin Coolidge. And, you know, it’s a lot easier to explain evangelical concerns to evangelicals.”


Former Texas Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams

“[Thirty-five] years ago when I ‘came out’ as a Republican it never crossed my mind my party would some day worry about what bathrooms people used.”