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"We need to create a country where people don't feel like they have to leave religion at the door. That means being proud of Christianity, not downgrading it."
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the only Muslim member of the British Cabinet.
The Telegraph

"This brings to close a sad chapter in the history of Whiteville that can best be described as terroristic, cowardly and shameful!"
James Bellar, mayor of Whiteville, Tennessee, in a letter to the Freedom from Religion Foundation, which had threatened to sue the town over a cross atop one of its water towers. Rather than remove the cross, the mayor removed one of its arms.

"His restitution as a viable theological voice within our tradition might encourage a deeper understanding of sin, grace, [and] free will."
Benno Pattison, rector of Church of the Epiphany in Atlanta, in a diocesan resolution to reverse the Council of Carthage condemnation of Pelagius as a heretic.
The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

"Our jurisprudence has confounded the lower courts and rendered the constitutionality of displays of religious imagery on government property anyone's guess."
Justice Clarence Thomas, in a dissent to the Supreme Court's decision not to consider whether crosses on the side of Utah highways violate the First Amendment. Because of a lower court's ruling, the crosses will now be removed.

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