Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
C. Ed Massey, president of National School Boards Association, in a letter supporting a lawsuit against Louisiana’s taxpayer-funded private school voucher scheme. A state judge ruled the voucher scheme unconstitutional on Friday.
It is clear this law was not created with the best interest of all children in mind; instead it promotes a narrow political agenda and will harm community public schools that serve the best interest of all children. It also deprives the public schools of valuable resources that are necessary to carry out the mandate to provide a free and appropriate public education.
Mat Staver, head of the far-right litigation group Liberty Counsel, using what sounds suspiciously like the argument used by supporters of abortion rights, in opposing California’s ban on conversion therapy.
If [lawmakers] really think this kind of therapy causes harm, why would they want to push them toward unlicensed practitioners?
Robert Green Ingersoll, a champion of reason and secular government in American history.
They (The Founders) knew that to put God in the Constitution was to put man out. They knew that the recognition of a Deity would be seized upon by fanatics and zealots as a pretext for destroying the liberty of thought.
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, on why he cast the only vote in Congress against a measure removing the word “lunatic” from federal law.
That’s why we shouldn’t eliminate the word lunatic. It really has application around this town.
Religious-right group One Million Moms, urging Christians to boycott JC Penney because talk show host and lesbian Ellen DeGeneres appears in a Christmas TV ad for the retailer.
Since April, JC Penney’s has not aired Ellen DeGeneres in one of their commercials until now. A new JCP ad features Ellen and three elves. JCP has made their choice to offend a huge majority of their customers again. Christians must now vote with their wallets.