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"How I practice my religion is something not for the American people …."
Gary Locke, U.S. Commerce Secretary and appointed ambassador to China, as U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf demanded he worship at a Chinese house church "to stand with the dissidents who are being persecuted."
Source: AFP

"There's very little Christ, very little Jesus, in these people who are fighting Rob Bell."
Eugene Peterson, explaining why he endorsed Bell's new book, Love Wins.
Source: Patheos

"[I'm] alarmed to be a repository of other people's hope… . It's something I shall have to resist if I survive."
Christopher Hitchens, on becoming an atheist hero amid his cancer treatments.
Source: The Telegraph

"Offering someone support as they choose to live their life through the filter of their faith rather than their sexuality is now considered not only offensive, but also dangerous."
Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International, on Apple removing the group's iPhone app for "being offensive to large groups of people."
Source: The Manhattan Declaration

"What happens after the two cheeks have been turned? I do not know what else. Let nobody think that the silence of Christians is weakness."
Solomon Adebara, founder and General Overseer of Nigeria's Fountain of Grace Ministries, on Muslim attacks on Christians in the country's north.
Source: Sunday Tribune


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