They Said What? (March 2018)

(That’s) God showing his grace on me.

Kathy Gilroy, a prominent anti-gambling crusader in Illinois who won $25,000 playing a sweepstakes game at a local café.

The Week, 1-12-18


Day in and day out on the radio, we Christians are bombarded with the bull, baloney and garbage from the atheists and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. . . . It is about time all of us Christians rise up and boycott all atheist-owned businesses. I hope all those who believe as the Freedom From Religion Foundation does and support that organization will have a lousy new year.

Letter to the editor

Lancaster (Pa.) Online, 1-14-18


When God tells me I got to do something, I got to do it.

Texas District Judge Jack Robison, intervening in jury deliberations to sway jurors to return a “not guilty” verdict in the trial of a woman accused of trafficking a teen girl for sex. The jury went against the judge’s wishes, finding Gloria Romero-Perez guilty and later sentenced her to 25 years in prison.

Austin American-Statesman, 1-19-18


[Pence has] very solid evangelical credentials. We consider him to be . . . in our camp.

David Parsons, spokesperson for Christian Zionism’s International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem.

Associated Press, 1-23-18


My country’s very first settlers also saw themselves as pilgrims, sent by providence, to build a new promised land. The songs and stories of the people of Israel were their anthems, and they faithfully taught them to their children, and do to this day. And our founders, as others have said, turned to the wisdom of the Hebrew bible for direction, guidance, and inspiration.

Vice President Mike Pence’s bible-riddled speech at the Knesset.

Jerusalem Post, 1-22-18


There are people who do not understand and do not believe in the things we’re talking about right now. And there will be all the social media trolls and people that will scorn and mock and will ridicule the fact that we would call out to our creator at a time like this.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Blevin, after a school shooting in Marshall County, Ky., killed two teens and injured a dozen more, calling for a statewide day of prayer, saying he believes God intervenes on behalf “of his people” when they call out to him in prayer.

Associated Press, 1-26-18


I personally feel blessed by the time I have spent serving our great state and would like to observe a time of prayer and fasting before God takes me on to the next part of my journey.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, issuing a proclamation that called for a day of fasting and prayer on his penultimate day in office. Brownback is now ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

Kansas City Star, 1-29-18


When he said, ‘In God We Trust’ — when my father mentioned ‘In God We Trust,’ the guiding principle of this country, no one stood. . . . There are things as Americans we should be united on. And if we can’t be united on God . . .

Eric Trump, talking on “Fox and Friends” the day after President Trump’s State of the Union address, about how Democrats were not standing and applauding enough.

Raw Story, 1-31-18


The bible is different than the Quran. The idea of the bill is because of the specific impact the bible has had on history of our history, our founding, our culture, that the Quran has not had that impact.

Iowa State Rep. Skyler Wheeler, who co-sponsored a now-dead bill that would allow public schools to teach classes on the New Testament, after being challenged to allow other religions and religious subjects.

The Friendly Atheist, 1-31-18


Inoculate yourself with the word of God. ‘Flu, I bind you off the people in the name of Jesus.’ Jesus himself gave us the flu shot. He redeemed us from the curse of flu.

Gloria Copeland, a member of President Trump’s faith advisory council, stating that belief in Jesus is enough to stop anyone from getting the flu.

Yahoo News, 2-1-18


It’s an issue ONLY raised by interlopers fearful of Christian resistance to a homogenous thought-free society full of central control of all aspects of life. These people intend to remove individual liberty as an axiom of America. I’ll tell you that I believe this issue SHOULD be decided by the community in which the people with the issue lives, not interlopers who ride in from other lands to ‘help us blend in with the rest of the land’, or to ‘fix us’, so to speak.

Dennis Wayne Barcuch , City Commission candidate in Hobbs, N.M., on the potential removal of a Ten Commandments monument outside the local courthouse. The “interloper” he refers to is FFRF.

The Friendly Atheist, 2-5-18


God called on them.

James and Betty Turpin, parents of David Turpin, who kept his 13 children malnourished and shackled, on why David and Louise Turpin had so many children.

ABC News, 1-16-18


President Trump has never pretended to be a bible-banging evangelical. He is who he is.

Penny Young Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, over her lack of concern for Trump’s personal morals because of his support for the anti-abortion movement.

New York Times, 1-20-18