The Week in Quotes (Aug. 26 – Sept. 1)

Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.

Bill Nye, also known as “The Science Guy,” in a video critical of evolution deniers.

I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, that’s completely inconsistent with the world we observe, that’s fine. But don’t make your kids do it. Because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need engineers that can build stuff and solve problems.

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Republican Michael Williams, who Gov. Rick Perry appointed as Texas education commissioner, according to a 1998 news release from the Heartland Institute. A renewed push for taxpayer-funded private school vouchers is expected in the next legislative session.

The opponents of school choice have been more interested in protecting the bureaucratic status quo of failing public schools than helping as many children as possible receive a quality education.

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The Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Ralph Reed, at a rally of faith-based voters in Tampa, Fla., site of the Republican National Convention.

Unlike the other side, we haven’t gathered in this city to elect a messiah. We already have a messiah.

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, during his speech at the Republican National Convention Wednesday.

Of the four people on the two tickets, the only self-professed evangelical is Barack Obama. And he supports changing the definition of marriage, believes that human life is disposable and expendable at any time in the womb — even beyond the womb — and he tells people of faith that they must bow their knees to the god of government and violate their faith and conscience in order to comply with what he calls health care.

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Christian Coalition founder and current head of the Faith and Freedom Coalition Ralph Reed.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha! The thing that people don’t understand is evangelicals don’t vote for people because they share their theology, they vote for people who share their values and policy positions.

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4 Comments

  1. Charles
    Posted September 9, 2012 at 1:22 am | Permalink
  2. Charles
    Posted September 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Jose. Did I ever tell you the name of my favorite city in Texas?

    Nothosroaches, Texas

  3. Charles
    Posted September 7, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    TFN has not posted to TFN Insider for a while. I was wondering if it might have something to do with the computer viruses that attacked my computer when I tried to go to TFN Insider about 1-2 weeks ago.

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    I did not get such a message tonight, suggesting someone has cleaned up the issue. However, I was just wondering if some of TFN’s wingnut enemies had found a way to attack its computer operations—and ours too by derivation at home or work. If so, good luck guys and we are pulling for you out here.

    Just in case anyone is temporarily bored, you can visit my personal archaeology blog at:

    http://contextintn.wordpress.com

    I don’t have any religious freedom stuff up right now, but I do have a couple of nutty stories about some weird things that have taken place in Tennessee archaeology. The story that is up right now is especially entertaining—and unfortunately—true. And you wonder why supposedly intelligent American citizens fall for the Reliigious Right? Read this story and you will never wonder again.

    Love you TFN and waiting patiently for your return.

    • Jose
      Posted September 7, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

      Hi Charles,

      No, it wasn’t the computer viruses. Dan is enjoying some well-deserved time off, so it’s just (mostly) me running the communications shop for TFN. But Dan is almost back, so the pace of posts should pick up (and I’ll have at least one post up this weekend).

      Second, I’m aware of the Symantec issue. It was a false positive that, as you point out, has been cleared up.

      Thanks for your patience. You’re one of our favorite readers/commenters.

      – Jose

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