Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Missouri, attempting to justify his opposition to abortion rights even in case of rape with a claim that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses that prevent pregnancy.
First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.
Lubbock County Judge Tom Head, suggesting that President Obama might hand over sovereignty of the United States to the United Nations, possibly igniting in a civil war.
He’s going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the U.N., and what is going to happen when that happens? I’m thinking the worst. Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe. And we’re not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations, we’re talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy.
Rep. Todd Akin, in a television ad asking for forgiveness from voters after suggesting that rape rarely leads to pregnancy.
The mistake I made was in the words I said, not in the heart I hold. I ask for your forgiveness.
Tom Gilson, of the religious-right ministry BreakPoint, on David Barton.
To accept any human teacher without checking on his message with due diligence is to abandon our responsibility to the truth. David Barton’s errors are not only his. They also belong to those of us who bought his message carelessly, unquestioningly, too eagerly, and too comfortably.
Joel McDurmon of American Vision, accusing Republicans of committing “political gang rape” against one of their own by not standing with Todd Akin.
And thus that establishment savages him — violently and in unison. Call it a political gang rape — a legitimate one.