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They Said What? (June/July 2019

Vol. 36 No. 05 June/July 2019

Israel is on the side of God, and we don’t underestimate that.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David M. Friedman, speaking at a celebration sponsored by an American evangelical group to mark the anniversary of the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

The New York Times, 5-14-19


Of course, it should be hard. And the procedure should be painful! And you should allow God to take over! And you should deliver that baby!

Michigan state Sen. Kim LaSata, speaking about a Republican push to outlaw the surgical procedure commonly used to end second-trimester pregnancies, which would make such abortions more painful and hazardous for the women who undergo them.

Detroit Free Press, 5-15-19


As plain as day, God spoke to me. He said, “That wasn’t my bill,” talking about the heartbeat detection bill that I filed. I knew immediately what he was talking about. He said, “You remove those exceptions and you file it again.” And I said, “Yes Lord, I will. It’s coming back. It’s coming back.” We are going to file that bill without any exceptions just like what we saw passed in Alabama.

Florida state Rep. Mike Hill, signaling he will propose another anti-abortion bill without the rape and incest exemptions that were part of his previous bill which he pulled before it ever got a hearing.

Pensacola News Journal, 5-23-19


It concerns me as a parent that we are not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. As a board member, I am telling my fellow board members I am fully planning to investigate that because it troubles me.

Dothan (Ala.) School Board Member Chris Maddox, during a board meeting, after learning from his daughter than many students don’t stand for the pledge.

Dothan Eagle, 5-20-19


While I’m not proud of who I was in the past, I am proud that, with God’s grace and a strong support system, I’ve been able to achieve so much in the years since.

Cade Cothren, Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada’s top aide, who has a history of sending sexually explicit text messages and making inappropriate advances toward former interns, lobbyists and campaign staffers. Cothren has resigned.

The Tennessean, 5-6-19


Do our state a favor and mind your own business. Parental rights mean more to us than your self-enriching ‘science.’ . . . Make the case for your sorcery to consumers on your own dime. Quit using the heavy hand of government to make your business profitable through mandates and immunity.

Texas state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, in a pair of tweets denouncing vaccine advocate Dr. Peter Hotez, a Texas pediatrician-scientist who develops neglected disease vaccines for the world’s poorest people.

Houston Chronicle, 5-8-19


Some of the loudest voices for tolerance today have little tolerance for traditional Christian beliefs. So, as you go about your daily life, just be ready. . . . Throughout most of American history, it’s been pretty easy to call yourself a Christian. It didn’t even occur to people that you might be shunned or ridiculed for defending the teachings of the bible.

Vice President Mike Pence, delivering the commencement address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., a Christian university. Pence warned graduating seniors that they needed to prepare for persecution from critics he described as “the secular left.”

Washington Times, 5-11-19


The separation of church and state is one of the most enlightened aspects of our country. But the Founders were not seeking to suppress religion. They were seeking to liberate and protect it.

New Age author and activist Marianne Williamson, who is a Democratic candidate for president.

Religion News Service, 5-13-19