In Their Own Words

Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible.

New Pledge of Allegiance to Texas flag
Signed into law in August

The conservative activism that is taking hold [of the Supreme Court] is troubling in two ways. First, it is likely to make America a much harsher place.

It is time to admit that all judges are activists for their vision of the law. Once that is done, the focus can shift to where it should be: on whose vision is more faithful to the Constitution, and better for the nation.

Columnist Adam Cohen
New York Times, July 9, 2007

This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible [frequenting prostitutes while boasting he is a rightwing Christian crusader against gays, abortion and breakdown of the family]. Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling. Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there–with God and them. But I certainly offer my deep and sincere apologies to all I have disappointed and let down in any way.

Sen. David Vitter, R-La.
Statement, July 9, 2007

Because I became a monk in my childhood, I’ve been curious what others experience. But when I hear about family problems, about divorce, fights and the difficulty in finding the right partner, I feel comforted: we monks are pretty lucky ducks. The monk’s life is much more stable. Family life must be very happy at times, but it also involves a lot of pain.

The Dalai Lama
Die Tageszeitung, July 25, 2007

[The Catholic Church] has the fullness of the means of salvation. Christ established here on earth” only one church.

Pope Benedict XVI Statement
AP, July 10, 2007

[The Church did not impose itself on indigenous peoples.] In effect, the proclamation of Jesus and of His Gospel did not at any point involve an alienation of the pre-Columbus cultures, nor was it the imposition of a foreign culture.

Pope to Brazilians
AP, May 13, 2007

It is not possible to forget the sufferings and injustices inflicted by the colonizers on the indigenous population. . . Mentioning this must not prevent us from acknowledging with gratitude the marvelous work accomplished by the divine grace among these people in the course of these centuries.

Pope’s “clarification”
Los Angeles Times, May 24, 2007

. . . God likes to go off-road. He provokes us with twists and turns. He places us in predicaments that seem to defy our endurance and comprehension–and yet don’t. By his love and grace, we persevere.

Tony Snow
White House Press Secretary
Re: His colon-to-liver cancer spread

Washington Post, Aug. 7, 2007

I’m not planning on writing the curriculum for an eighth-grade science book. I’m asking for the opportunity to be president of the United States.

Creationist Mike Huckabee
New Hampshire debate

USA Today, June 12, 2007

We will not proselytize, but we reserve the right to evangelize the unchurched.

Brig. Gen. Cecil R. Richardson
Air Force deputy chief of chaplains

New York Times, July 12, 2005

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