In Their Own Words

Forgive me, but America should not give a hoot what [Muslim Congressman-Elect] Keith Ellison’s favorite book is. Insofar as a member of Congress taking an oath to serve America and uphold its values is concerned, America is interested in only one book, the bible. If you are incapable of taking an oath on that book, don’t serve in Congress.

Dennis Prager
Radio commentator

Nov. 28, 2006

Rest assured that if you do not respond to the divine call, you will die soon and vanish from the face of the earth.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iranian president

Agence France-Presse, Dec. 6, 2006

We were and still are, primarily a Christian nation, and you see that reflected in our laws. This is who we are as a people.

Texas Sen. Dan Patrick
Dallas Morning News, April 22, 2007

The schoolteacher will never be able to replace the priest or the pastor [in teaching the difference between good and evil].

[God] liberates.

[It was a mistake to delete from the European Constitution a reference to] Europe’s Christian roots.

French Pres. Nicolas Sarkozy
Recent speeches

New York Times, Feb. 16, 2008

I am of Catholic culture, Catholic tradition, Catholic belief, even if my religious practice is episodic.

French Pres. Nicolas Sarkozy
Book of essays (2004)

New York Times, Feb. 16, 2008

The Holy Father is very aware that the Church’s cinematographic communications is in ruins today. . . . As a Christian, I cannot stand by while this disaster unfolds.

Director Franco Zeffirelli
Vatican Image Consultant”

Agence French Press, Dec. 18, 2007

I’m concerned that a leader at a Catholic university [St. Louis University men’s basketball coach Rick Majerus] made these comments [in support of Hillary Rodham Clinton, abortion rights and stem-cell research]. It can lead Catholics astray. I just believe that it’s of the essence for people to understand as a Catholic you just cannot hold these beliefs.

Raymond Burke
St. Louis Roman Catholic archbishop

USA Today, Jan. 23, 2008

[The introduction of Shariah to United Kingdom family law is] unavoidable.

I don’t think we should instantly spring to the conclusion that the whole of that world of jurisprudence and practice is somehow monstrously incompatible because it doesn’t immediately fit with how we understand it. An approach to law which simply said–there’s one law for everybody–I think that’s a bit of a danger.

Rev. Rowan Williams
Archbishop of Canterbury

BBC speech
New York Times, Feb. 8, 2008

Let us pray for the Jews. May the Lord Our God enlighten their hearts so that they may acknowledge Jesus Christ, the savior of all men.

Almighty and everlasting god, you who want all men to be saved and to reach the awareness of the truth, graciously grant that, with the fullness of peoples entering into your church, all Israel may be saved.

Pope Benedict XVI
New Good Friday prayer

New York Times, Feb. 6, 2008

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