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They Said What? (May 2023)

There are some kids that do need Jesus first, before they care about science and math.

Kansas state Rep. Kristey Williams, speaking about motivation for SB 83, which would use state money to fund private schools starting in the 2023-24 school year. Each eligible private school student could draw a maximum of $5,000 annually from the state treasury.

RawStory, 3-20-23

Drag shows are derisive, divisive and demoralizing misogyny, no matter the stated intent. . . . A harmless drag show? Not possible.

Walter V. Wendler, president of West Texas A&M, in a memo to the university community on the cancellation of a drag show planned on campus.

Yahoo News, 3-21-23

Do people believe that there is no devil anymore? Well, people who believe in God typically believe there’s a devil. Is it no longer a crime to consort with the devil? Well, I guess it’s no longer a crime in Connecticut to do that, but does that mean it wasn’t a crime back then? All these things need to be sorted out before this Legislature could say that these people all deserve exoneration.

Connecticut state Rep. Doug Dubitsky, who argued that the state’s Judiciary Committee did not have enough evidence that the people convicted on witchcraft-related charges in the 17th century were not guilty of those charges., 3-29-23

Many of my constituents feel as I do that our seal should also reflect the importance of God as a constant reminder that our state’s agriculture, commerce, politics and economic fortunes are tied to its spiritual faith.

Tennessee state Sen. Rusty Crowe, who sponsored a bill that would incorporate the phrase “In God We Trust” into the Tennessee state seal. The bill passed the Senate unanimously (33-0) on March 20.

Friendly Atheist, 3-23-23 

We’re not having a climate crisis. . . .Green leafy plants actually absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. It’s the way God made it.

Illinois state Rep. Chris Miller.

Twitter, 3-23-23

Vote as soon as you can, pray for this country, pray for this president. And if you got any money to give, give it.

Sen. Lindsay Graham, following the 34-count indictment against former President Trump.

Washington Post, 4-5-23

Sodom and Gomorrah proves that God hates sodomy, and sexual immorality and pride.

Victoria Jackson, former “Saturday Night Live” cast member, speaking at a city council meeting in Franklin, Tenn., to discourage the city from holding a gay pride parade. 

New York Post, 4-12-23

Do you know any kids who have been married at age 12? I do. And guess what? They’re still married.

Missouri state Sen. Mike Moon, suggesting that children as young as 12 should be able to get married, as he pushes legislation that would ban gender-affirming care for minors.

Kansas City Star, 4-13-23

I prayed to God that this would never happen. And I prayed and prayed and prayed. Only God can decide what happens from now on.

Jack Teixeira, the National Guard airman arrested over the Pentagon documents leaks, in a final message to his online friends.

The Independent, 4-14-23

Stop trampling on the God-given rights of the American people every time tragedy happens.

Former Vice President Mike Pence, at the annual NRA gathering, where other current and potential presidential candidates cited Scripture, issued calls for prayer and talked about protecting “the God-given right to keep and bear arms,” as South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem put it.

New York Times, 4-15-23

Donald Trump is the anointed of God. He is the battering ram that God is using to bring down the Deep State of Babylon.

Preacher Charles Pace, at the Mount Carmel chapel, longtime home of the Branch Davidian sect outside Waco, Texas. 

New York Times 3-25-23

When there is genuine belief and genuine humility, prayer is something else entirely. It’s an act that . . . connects you to the creator of the universe. . . Petitioning God is more powerful than petitioning any president.

David French, following the school shooting in Nashville on March 27, in his op-ed, “In the face of tragedy, petitioning God is an act of faith.

New York Times, 3-30-23

Trump is joining some of the most incredible people in history being arrested today. Nelson Mandela was arrested, served time in prison. Jesus — Jesus was arrested and murdered by the Roman government.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, on the day of former President Trump’s arrest by the New York District Attorney’s office.

USA Today, 4-4-23

I stand with Christians worldwide, not the global bankers who are shoving godlessness and degeneracy in our face.

Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers, as cited by columnist EJ Montini, who calls her “unhinged.”

Arizona Republic, 4-5-23