They Said What? (April 2021)

Becoming too closely aligned with militias — is that a bad thing?

Ryan Kelley, lead organizer of an armed protest at the Michigan Statehouse in April, quoted upon announcing his bid for governor.

The New York Times, 2-9-21

Not every issue is equal. This [abortion] is not climate change or immigration of taxes. The sanctity of human life, from conception to natural death, is a non-negotiable part of Catholic self-understanding.

Jose Gomez, archbishop of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference, unilaterally condemning President Biden’s support for abortion rights in a statement issued on Inauguration Day (that contrasted its Inauguration Day welcome in 2017 to Donald Trump).

Los Angeles Times, 2-8-21

If they start canceling these American presidents, they’re gonna come after bible characters next. Mark my words.

Fox News host Bill Hemmer

Fox News, 2-19-21

It is a fiction that has been created by some people. There is no establishment of religion. That is very different than the prevention of religion.

Florida state Rep. Randy Fine, sponsor of a bill mandating moments of silence at the beginning of the school day.

Florida Politics, 2-16-21

Notes on the events of Jan. 6. The illusion of a participatory democracy has been burst. You already live in a cult/theocracy — I offer you Christian liberty in a Christian nation.

Fritz Berggren, a mid-ranking Foreign Service officer in the State Department, in a blog post shortly after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Berggren for several years has been publicly calling for the establishment of Christian nation-states.

MSN, 2-27-21

Well, I’m telling you when you get that, what do you care what someone else does, if that person wants to come to a mall and they don’t want to get a vaccine. This is our bodies, this is ‘mark of the beast’ stuff.”

Mike Lindell, the “MyPillow” CEO, on how vaccines are allegedly, according to a quasi-religious conspiracy theory, “the work of the devil and . . . that a person is unwittingly pledging allegiance to Satan.”

The Independent, 3-2-21

When men or women claim to be able to choose their own sexual identity, they’re making a statement that God did not know what he was doing when he created them. . . . When a nation’s laws no longer reflect the standards of God, that nation is in rebellion against him and will inevitably bear the consequences.

Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., during a House debate ahead of a vote on the passage of the Equality Act, which would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Rep. Jerry Nadler responded perfectly: “Mr. Steube, what any religious tradition describes as God’s will is no concern of this Congress.”, 2-25-21

[If America] loses its white demographic core and if it loses its faith in Jesus Christ, then this is not America anymore.

Nicholas Fuentes, organizer and host of the “America First Political Action Conference,” which was held concurrently in Orlando, Fla., with the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Forbes, 2-27-21

I have done some research and would like to share it with you on the physical and emotional and even the mental injury to our bodies — and possibly even our souls — as healthy individuals are required to wear face masks.

Idaho Republican state Rep. Karey Hanks, speaking in favor of a bill that would prohibit any mask mandates issued by local government officials.

The Friendly Atheist, 3-4-21