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Freethought Today · Vol. 28 No. 4 May 2011

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

They Said What? May 2011

And God, would you please bless our Dallas Cowboys with another Super Bowl championship? And we thank you in the authority and awesome name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Rev. Ben Dailey, Irving Calvary Church, prayer opening Texas House session May 3
Dallas Morning News, 5-3-11

His first miracle has been to rid the world of this incarnation of evil, this demon of hatred and criminality.
Peru’s President Alan Garcia, attributing Osama bin Laden’s death to heavenly intervention by Pope John Paul II, who was beatified on the day bin Laden died
Agence France-Presse, 5-2-11

How much would I give to be one of the 72 Virginans [sic] Osama is “hanging out” with since Sunday?
Tweet by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
Center for American Progress, 5-4-11

I thank God for slavery. If it wasn’t for slavery, I might be somewhere in Africa worshiping a tree.
Apostle Kimberly Daniels, Democratic candidate in a City Council runoff election in Jacksonville, Fla.
Truthwinsout.org, 4-19-11

There’s just the eight of us, and two of us voted for it [in committee]. I think the others are Roman Catholic men, so I don’t think they would have a problem, but I don’t know for sure.
Missouri Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, D-St. Louis, hoping no Democratic senators oppose a bill to allow prayer in public schools and government buildings
KMOX News, 4-20-11

Language matters. Calling an animal “it” denies them something. They are beloved by God. They glorify God.
Bruce Friedrich, PETA vice president for policy, asking translators of the New International Version bible to remove “speciesist” language and refer to animals as “he” or “she”
CNN, 4-19-11

What we’re doing with the pastor meetings is spiritual, but the end result is political. From my perspective, our country is going to hell because pastors won’t lead from the pulpits.

David Lane, “Born-again” Christian and Iowa Renewal Project organizer, on the two-day Pastors’ Policy Briefing in West Des Moines
New York Times, 4-2-11

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