Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, arguing that President Obama’s re-election placed the country on a path to destruction.
Maybe God will have to bring our nation down to our knees — to where you just have a complete economic collapse. And maybe at that point, maybe people will again begin to call upon the name of almighty God.
Pat Roberson, starting this year’s so-called war on Christmas.
Atheists don’t like [Christians’ Christmas] happiness, they don’t want you to be happy, they want you to be miserable. They’re miserable so they want you to be miserable.
Jesse Choper, a University of California-Berkeley law professor who specializes in church-state issues, on partisan politicking by churches.
There are lots of laws that aren’t enforced. This is one of them.
Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, encouraging the Republican Party to double-down on religious-right issues to win elections.
I have a proposal for all Republicans. Instead of nominating a candidate who is mute or malleable on social issues but intransigent on political issues, let’s try the reverse. Let’s find a candidate who has a history of consistently and courageously embracing the social views of the majority of the Republican Party.
Texas state Rep. Debbie Riddle, a Republican, on whether students should exclusively use print textbooks. Not using print books “dehumanizes” learning, she says.
I did pretty well with textbooks. Benjamin Franklin did pretty well with textbooks. Are they going to say reading books is not effective? Should we all stop reading our Bibles?
Teenage actor Angus T. Jones of the comedy Two and a Half Men apologizing for calling the sitcom for which he is reportedly paid $350,000 per episode “filth.”
Even though it’s my job to be an actor, I have given my life to God. I am very comfortable and firm in that, but I still have to be on this show. It’s the No. 1 comedy, but it’s very inappropriate and the themes are very inappropriate. I have to be this person I am not.
Pat Robertson, televangelist and host of the Christian Broadcasting Network’s 700 Club, in surprise comments in favor of sound science.
If you fight science, you’re going to lose your children, and I believe in telling it the way it was.
Bill O’Reilly in a discussion with David Silverman, the president of American Atheists, on the religious right’s “war on Christmas.”
Christianity is not a religion, it is a philosophy.