Vol. 20 No. 9 - Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. -
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In Their Own Words
Remarks in uniform by new Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, Lt. Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin:
[Speaking about Somalian Muslim soldier]
I knew that my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol.
Church in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The battle that we're in is a spiritual battle. Satan wants to destroy this nation, he wants to destroy us as a nation, and he wants to destroy us as a Christian army.
First Baptist Church of Broken Arrow, Okla., June 2002
Why do they hate us? The answer to that is because we're a Christian nation. We are hated because we are a nation of believers. [Our] spiritual enemy will only be defeated if we come against them in the name of Jesus.
George Bush was not elected by a majority of the voters in the United States. He was appointed by God.
Good Shepherd Community Church, Sandy, Ore., June 2003
Los Angeles Times, Oct. 16, 2003
He [William Boykin] is an officer that has an outstanding record in the United States armed forces.
Defense Sec. Donald H. Rumsfeld
Associated Press, Oct. 16, 2003
'If I could just get a nuclear device inside Foggy Bottom, I think that's the answer.' I mean, you get through this [book, Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Endangers America's Security by Joel Mowbray], and you say, 'We've got to blow that thing up.'
Rev. Pat Robertson, "700 Club"
Associated Press, Oct. 12, 2003
I lack sufficient capabilities to express my disdain [for Robertson's remarks].
State Dept. spokesman Richard Boucher
Associated Press, Oct. 12, 2003
The [church sex abuse] scandals in the United States received disproportionate attention from the media. There are thieves in every country, but it's hard to say that everyone is a thief.
Cardinal Angelo Sodano
Vatican Secretary of State
Reuters/Boston Globe, Oct. 11, 2003
I have long defended the constitutionality of depicting the Ten Commandments in a courthouse, and a depiction of the Ten Commandments hangs on the wall of my office, as it has for years.
Because I consider the Ten Commandments to be the cornerstone of law for Western civilization, I do not consider their display in a courthouse, as they are displayed in the Supreme Court of the United States [sic], to be an establishment of religion.
Ala. Atty. General William H. Pryor Jr.
Bush judicial nominee
Mobile Register, Oct. 19, 2003
There should be a display of the Ten Commandments in the U.S. Capitol.
U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt
Ten Commandments Defense Act sponsor
TomPaine.com, Oct. 15, 2003
If we want to maintain an ethical and social system, we should build one based on spiritual and moral values that transcend any interest. God is vital.
Former dictator Rev. Efrain Rios Montt
Guatemalan presidential candidate
Associated Press, Oct. 7, 2003
The spermatozoon can easily pass through the 'net' that is formed by the condom.
Vatican official Alfonso Lopez Trujillo
(calling condoms a health danger)
Associated Press, Oct. 9, 2003
[I expect Iraq to be] an Islamic country by faith, just as we are a Judeo-Christian. . . Well, it's hard to tell any more, but we are a country of many faiths now.
Sec. of State Colin Powell
Charlie Rose Show, Sept. 22, 2003
Reuters: Oct. 23, 2003
Any kid would be proud to have my parents. We were really, really bad.
Testimony by 12-year-old who was denied food and tied up, and whose adopted brother Brian Edgar, 9, was tortured and killed by his religious parents, Rev. Chasity Edgar, and Neil Edgar, Olathe, Kan., both found guilty of first-degree murder
To learn you must love discipline.
9-year-old adopted Edgar daughter
Kansas City Star, Sept. 29, 2003
Where Was God?
"These kids were living in a house of horrors," said the Marion Co. prosecutor. Former Baptist Home residents also alleged mistreatment, such as being forced to drink vinegar by Corrigan for committing "sins." Corrigan's Indianapolis home was licensed.Source: Indianapolis Star, Aug. 28, 2003
November 2003 Excerpts