"This is of the devil."
Russell Moore, dean of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and an adoptive parent, rebuking televangelist Pat Robertson for his remarks that adoptive parents "don't know what problems there are" with foreign children. Robertson retracted his statements.
"[It] really symbolizes the passing of an era."
William Galston, senior fellow with the Brookings Institution, on the first Republican presidential ticket with no Protestant Christian as a candidate after Mitt Romney, a Mormon, selected Rep. Paul Ryan, a Catholic, as his running mate.
"It is time to stop calling this 'adultery' and time to call it what it is: 'abuse.' "
Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, on the dismissal of megachurch pastor Jack Schaap, heir to Jack Hyles's pulpit at First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, after the 54-year-old admitted to an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old girl.
"Sometimes parents simply cannot agree on what is best for their child."
John Platt, a British judge, explaining to a 10-year-old Jewish girl why he is allowing her to convert to Christianity despite her mother's legal objections. The girl's father converted from Judaism after the couple divorced.
"We do ask, and we do expect them to tell."
Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, regarding the resignation of Air Force Chaplain Col. Timothy Wagoner after his attendance at a civil union ceremony provoked controversy. Wagoner left the Southern Baptist Convention for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.1