Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes.
John Fea, professor of American history at Messiah College in Pennsylvania
“When someone like Robert Jeffress or Jerry Falwell Jr. says ‘This is the most faith-friendly president we’ve ever had,’ in some ways they’re right. No other group of evangelical pastors has had such access.”
Atmospheric scientists Andrew Dessler, Katharine Hayhoe and Daniel Cohan
“As tragedy unfolds, we must focus on the immediate response. But in the weeks and months that follow, we need to remember that, despite our air conditioners, our insurance and the politicized discourse that suggests that the science is somehow a matter of opinion rather than fact, we are incredibly vulnerable to natural disasters — disasters that are increasingly being amplified in a warming world.”
Former President Obama, on LGBT-rights activist Edith Windsor. Windsor, whose landmark case led the Supreme Court to grant same-sex married couples federal recognition, died Tuesday.
“I had the privilege to speak with Edie a few days ago, and to tell her one more time what a difference she made to this country we love.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, an ardent opponent of LGBT and reproductive rights, now arguing that people should be left alone following an incident in which his Twitter account ‘liked’ a tweet with pornographic content.
“I am saying that consenting adults should be able to do whatever they want in their bedrooms. The media and the left seem obsessed with sex, let people do what they want.”
David Currie, the retired executive director of Texas Baptists Committed and a board member of The Interfaith Alliance in Washington, D.C., on David Barton.
“Barton will tell you our Founding Fathers were conservative evangelical Christians. He will have you convinced that our Founding Fathers intended for America to officially be a Christian nation, with Christians holding all political offices. He will tell you the separation of church and state is a myth. All of this is bad Bible and bad history, and a total misrepresentation of the U.S. Constitution.”