"Unborn children can and do feel pain. Women should not be kept in the dark."

Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), on a bill requiring abortion practitioners to inform customers more than 20 weeks into their pregnancy that the unborn child feels pain.

"The literary-type writers, I admire them. I wish I was smart enough to write a book that's hard to read, you know?"

Jerry B. Jenkins, coauthor of the Left Behind series, on criticism that his writing is "pedestrian."

"A pastor gets up there and he's quoting Pink and Madonna more than the Bible. I mean, it's crazy."

Actor Macaulay Culkin, now 23, on researching Christian teens at a religious rally for the film Saved.

"For me, that was just three or four steps too far."

Author Dan Brown, saying that although several "very credible sources" support his theory that Jesus survived the crucifixion, he decided not to include it in The Da Vinci Code, which alleges that Jesus had a child with Mary Magdalene.

"We're trying to draw the attention to the very deep and very great human suffering that is taking place in Iraq which could be, some of it, similar to what happened to Jesus Christ."

Ibrahim Moussawi, editor of political programs at the Hezbollah-backed tv channel, Al-Manar, on a station ad that mixes the trailer for The Passion of the Christ with images from Abu Ghraib prison.

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Sources: The Washington Times, Newsweek, Zap2It.com, The Union Leader, and BBC.

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