The Week in Quotes (Nov. 26 – Dec. 2)

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

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, on the leaked movie screenplay based on Wendy Davis’ abortion filibuster.

“This screenplay is one more anti-Christian project coming out of Hollywood. The portions of the script that I have read contain crude language that was never spoken on the Senate floor simply to attack those of us who were fighting to protect innocent babies.”


The editorial board of the Washington Post, applauding a federal judge’s injunction against President Trump’s transgender military ban.

“The government will now have to make its argument in court as to why Mr. Trump’s order should not be permanently struck down. And Mr. Mattis will still need to provide a recommendation to the president regarding the fate of transgender personnel currently in the armed forces. If his review is fair, he will conclude that there is no reason these men and women should not continue to serve.”


U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, in a ruling that struck down Texas’ ban on a common second-trimester abortion procedure.

“That a woman may make the decision to have an abortion before a fetus may survive outside her womb is solely and exclusively the woman’s decision. The power to make this decision is her right.”


Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, when sharing a “news story” about a court ruling that didn’t happen in a court that doesn’t exist.

“Good on President Trump. Sharia law has no place in the United States of America.”


New York Times contributing writer Jennifer Finney Boylan, on the Supreme Court case about a Colorado cake maker who refused service to a same-sex couple.

“Historically, religious exemptions from the law have occasionally been granted to protect the person who holds the belief. But this case is different, in that it gives an individual the right to harm someone else. And that’s what the Masterpiece case is about: It would give individuals the right to discriminate.”


Joshua Blank, the manager of polling and research at the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin, on what’s expected to be a changed political landscape in Texas next year.

“I can’t imagine that any member of Congress feels like it’s fun to be in Congress right now. And I think that’s probably also true to some degree down to the state level. The rigid polarization, the inability to get things done, I think at some point it makes it easier to leave.”


American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Chase Strangio, on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case that goes before the Supreme Court next week.

“If a baker can reject LGBTQ people because of who we are, then what about the mechanic, the florist, the doctor, the teacher? This is not about cake. This is not about art. This is about survival.”