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

They Said What? (September 2021)

Vol. 38 No. 07 September 2021

The bible and the Constitution are not supposed to be separate.

Josh Mandel, candidate for U.S. Senate and former Ohio state representative.

Twitter, 7-2-21


It would be a real pleasure to lacerate your body with my nicest knife and leave it to rot in the woods.

N’Aissita, an 18-year-old female psychology student reacting to a post by a 16-year-old French girl for saying, “I hate religion. The Koran is a religion of hatred.” Thirteen people are being tried for online harassment of her.

The New York Times, 7-6-21


He’s helped out where he could. He’s offered to call donors. We actually had our first D.C. march because he called me and he said, “You need to go to the Supreme Court.” I said, ‘”All right, my captain.”

Far-right activist and devout Catholic Ali Alexander, leader of the “Stop the Steal” movement, praising U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, who has ties to racists, white supremacists and the white Christian identity movement.

The New York Times, 7-6-21


There’s a big misconception when it comes to separation of church and state. It never meant that Christians shouldn’t be involved in politics. It’s just loving the city. Being engaged. Our children are in public schools. Our cars are on public streets. The reality is that people who don’t align with the church have hijacked everything. If I ever get elected, my only allegiance will be to the Lord.

Steve Penate, former Fort Worth mayoral candidate, in the article, “An American Kingdom,” with the subhead “A new and rapidly growing Christian movement is openly political, wants a nation under God’s authority, and is central to Donald Trump’s GOP.”

Washington Post, 7-11-21


I don’t know about you guys, but I think climate change is — as Lord Monckton said — bulls—. By the way, it is.

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, referring to British conservative climate change denier Lord Christopher Monckton, when Johnson was speaking to Republican Women of Greater Wisconsin Luncheon in Wauwatosa, Wis.

Wisconsin State Journal, 7-8-21


Do you believe in God?

Sen. John Kennedy, questioning assistant attorney general nominee Hampton Dellinger, who had said, “If there were no Republican men in elected office, there would be no abortion bans.” 

Salon.com, 7-28-21


It’s happening. When more scientists are saying there’s an intelligence behind the universe, that’s basically what the Templeton Foundation is about: We don’t live in only a materialistic world. Francis Collins drove home that in every single cell in your body there’s a code of several billion instructions. Could that be chance? No. There’s no actual reason why things should be the way they are, and chance mutations couldn’t possibly lead to the complexity of life on earth. This blurring between science and religion is happening more and more. Scientists are more willing to talk about it.

Famed biologist Jane Goodall, after receiving the 2021 Templeton Foundation Award.

Salt Lake Tribune, 5-21-21


The easiest way to make the delta variant go away is to turn off CNN. And vote Republican.

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, in a since-deleted tweet.

Forbes, 7-12-21


Think about what those mechanisms could be used for. They could then go door-to-door to take your guns. They could go door-to-door to take your bibles.

U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, speaking of the Biden administration’s plan to go door-to-door to reach millions of unvaccinated Americans.

The New York Times, 7-19-21