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They Said What? (August 2020)

Vol. 37 No. 06 August 2020

You cannot change the culture of a country until you change the character of mankind. And you can’t change that unless you change the heart, and for billions of us on the planet, we believe you can’t do that unless you accept Jesus Christ or unless you accept God. God has been left out of this equation through all of this and we need tremendous healing. You cannot love your fellow man if you don’t love God. And we have a country where we’ve been working really hard, particularly on the left, to kick God out.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, in an interview on Fox News.

Huffington Post, 6-4-20


All I really want to do is what God wants me to do with the talents he gave me.

5th U.S. Circuit Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan (in a 2014 article for the Ivy League Christian Observer). Duncan, an ultraconservative, upheld a Texas abortion ban.

The Guardian, 6-14-20


If you have a radical left group of judges, religions I think will be almost wiped out at America. If you look at it, pro-life will be absolutely wiped out. So, if you have that happening, pro-life is going to be out. It’s going to be gone.

President Trump, in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody, on the need for more conservative justices.

The Friendly Atheist,  6-22-20


Montana and other states should be very clear about this historic decision: Your bigoted Blaine amendments and other restrictions like them are unconstitutional, dead and buried. I’m calling on all states to now seize the extraordinary opportunity to expand all education options at all schools to every single student in America.”

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, following the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Espinoza case, allowing for the expansion of voucher-like programs.

The NewYork Times, 7-1-20


This week Dr. Anthony Fauci made the statement that “science is truth.” Really? I would beg to differ. Science may be a quest for truth, but it is certainly fallible. . . . And, man did not  evolve from apes or tadpoles, as many scientists say. That’s just not true — God created man and woman, as the bible says.

Evangelist Franklin Graham, on his Facebook page, linking to a CNN article about Fauci.

Facebook, 6-21-20


Mask-wearing has become a totem, a secular religious symbol. Christians wear crosses, Muslims wear a hijab, and members of the Church of Secular Science bow to the Gods of Data by wearing a mask as their symbol, demonstrating that they are the elite; smarter, more rational, and morally superior to everyone else.

Alex Castellanos, a veteran Republican strategist.

Washington Post, 6-30-20