Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. FFRF.org

They Said What? (March 2019)

Vol. 36 No. 02 March 2019

We don’t think he’s suitable as a practicing Muslim to be vice chair because he’d be the representative for all Republicans in Tarrant County, and not all Republicans in Tarrant County think Islam is safe or acceptable in the U.S., in Tarrant County, and in the TCGOP.

Tarrant County (Texas) GOP precinct chair Dorrie O’Brien, in a Facebook post, commenting on Shahid Shafi, a longtime Republican who was appointed vice chair of the Tarrant County Republican Party. The party took a vote on whether, as a Muslim, Shafi should remain as vice chair. The board overwhelmingly approved his position.

The New York Times, 1-10-19


This is not putting God back into our schools. It’s my opinion that we need to put God back into our schools, but this isn’t doing that.

Nebraska state Sen. Steve Erdman, who proposed a bill that would require schools to display “In God We Trust” signs or posters in classrooms or common areas “where each student shall be able to see and read it each day school is in session.”

Lincoln Journal-Star, 1-20-19


I pray and I tell our team when we get together, we have an opportunity to join in with what God is doing in Oklahoma.

Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma, speaking at his “Inaugural Prayer Service.”

Right Wing Watch, 1-15-19


To my knowledge there is no case law that prohibits the depiction of three non-Christian Middle Eastern men on camels that are seeking wisdom. Our display has a legitimate secular purpose.

Superintendent Peggy Mathis, claiming that the display of the “three wise men” on top of Newaygo Elementary School in Michigan is not religious in nature.

The Friendly Atheist, 12-5-18


If the commissioner of education wants to fix education in the state of New York, he can go to the public schools and fix the education being offered there. The Jewish nation will not bow or give in to the wicked, not even the commissioner of education. We will go out to war against the commissioner in every way.

Satmar Rebbe Aron Teitelbaum, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, in a speech translated from Yiddish, in defiance of the state’s ruling that the New York City Department of Education is giving yeshivas three years to clean up their act, demanding that the religious schools ensure a curriculum “substantially equivalent” to that of public schools.

New York Post, 12-2-18


The bible is an integral part of our society and deserves a place in the classroom.

North Dakota state Rep. Aaron McWilliams, a co-sponsor of a bill that would require the state’s public high schools to offer an elective on bible studies.

USA Today, 1-23-19


Numerous states introducing bible literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the bible. Starting to make a turn back? Great!

President Donald Trump.

Twitter, 1-28-19


I don’t need words on a piece of paper. God made us all equal.

Virginia House of Delegates member Margaret B. Ransone, explaining why she was voting against a bill that would grant equal rights to people regardless of sex.

The Friendly Atheist, 1-24-19


With faith in God, with fidelity to country, and with the fighting spirit I got from my mother, I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for president of the United States.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris during her formal presidential campaign launch.

CNN, 1-27-19


I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president, and that’s why he’s there.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, president Trump’s press secretary, in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody and Jennifer Wishon.

Christian Broadcasting Network, 1-20-19


It is incredible, but not surprising, that the Democrats would try to remove God from committee proceedings in one of their first acts in the majority. They really have become the party of Karl Marx.

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, on a proposal that would eliminate the “so help me God” reference from the oath administered to witnesses testifying before the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Fox News, 1-30-19 


I don’t think we’re going to listen to her on much of anything, particularly not on matters we’re gonna leave in the hands of a much, much higher authority, and certainly not listen to the freshman congresswoman on when the world may end.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, president Trump’s press secretary, referencing God while responding to a statement by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that the United States needs to act on climate change before it is too late.

Fox News, 1-22-19


The idea that homosexual behavior is different than bestiality as a constitutional matter is unjustifiable. There is no right in our Constitution to have sex with whoever or whatever you want in the privacy of your own home (or barn).

Brian Hagedorn, candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, in a letter he wrote in 2005 to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

NewCivilRightsMovement.com, 1-3-19