“Don’t worry, Mr. President. I’ll see you at your trial.”
– Sen. Kamala Harris, responding to Donald Trump’s tweet wishing her well after ending her presidential bid and referencing the U.S. House’s impeachment investigation into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.
“We have got to go back to what we did back in the ’60s and ’70s, back to a moral basis. We had abortion laws in our state. We did not have same-sex marriage. We did not have transgender rights. Sodomy was illegal. These things were just not around when my classmates and I went to West Point and Vietnam.”
– U.S. Senate candidate and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, during a recent campaign stop
To put things in greater perspective – and remind anyone who might have forgotten – Moore is the same cantankerous leech who was actually banned from a shopping mall in Alabama for approaching too many teenage girls. Then again, the photo above with Moore holding his little pistol, might explain one reason for his angst.
“Religious freedom is a fundamental American value, but it’s not a license to discriminate. Elected officials shouldn’t be allowed to use their religious beliefs as an excuse to pick and choose which taxpayers they would serve. If a government official can’t treat everyone equally under the law, then it’s time for them to find another line of work.”
– Dan Quinn, spokesman for the Texas Freedom Network, on the public warning Texas’ State Commission on Judicial Conduct issued to Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley for violating ethical standards by failing to treat LGBTQ people fairly in her courtroom.
“Take photo, film, send it to an NGO (non-government organization), the NGO spreads it out, does a campaign against Brazil, gets in touch with Leonardo DiCaprio and Leonardo DiCaprio donates $500,000 to this NGO. One part went to the people who were setting the fire, right?”
– Brazilian President Jair Bolsarano, blaming environmentalists and U.S. actor Leonardo DiCaprio for the recent rash of wildfires that scorched the Amazon.
“This was a shocking and unprecedented intervention in a low-level review. It was also a reminder that the president has very little understanding of what it means to be in the military, to fight ethically or to be governed by a uniform set of rules and practices.”
– Richard Spencer, former Secretary of the U.S. Navy, regarding President Donald Trump’s decision to intervene in a case involving a Navy SEAL accused of a war crime.
The case involves Navy Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher who posed with the corpse of a dead teenaged Islamic State extremist in Iraq. “His values are not those of our military,” Spencer added.
“Right now I want you to click on that button, and I want you to honor God with his first fruits offering. If God doesn’t divinely step in and intervene, I don’t know what you’re going to face – he does.”
– Paula White, Donald Trump’s “personal pastor”, in an email asking followers to send her a donation of USD 229, they will get “prophetic instruction” on how to attain victory over their “enemies.”
White claims the $229 fee is “in
accordance with 1 Chronicles 22:9, and that it is “a specific seed” because
“numbers are important to God.” Those
who can’t manage the $229 for prophetic visions are encouraged to send $31 – the
sum of 22 and 9. Now, isn’t that clever? But she insists the full $229 is needed to
“break any chains.”
To the religiously curious, 1 Chronicles 22:9 reads: “But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign.”
I don’t see anything in there about
giving money to a man who inspired “The Joker” character and his gal-pal who’s
in desperate need of a dye job.
“I confess that when I hear some speeches by someone responsible for public order or a government, I am reminded of Hitler’s speeches in 1934 and 1936. They are typical actions of Nazism which with its persecutions of Jews, gypsies, people of homosexual orientation, represent a negative model ‘par excellence’ of a throwaway culture and a culture of hate. That’s what they did then and today these things are resurfacing.
– Pope Francis, expressing concern about modern language he’s heard targeting Jews and the LGBTQ community.