November 30, 2012 § Leave a comment
“It is a fact that Christianity is not a religion, it is a philosophy.”
- Bill O’Reilly, November 28, 2012
- Source: The O’Reilly Factor
- Context: O’Reilly, debating with the president of American Atheists David Silverman, made the claim that Christianity is not a religion but rather a philosophy, therefore it can be promoted and supported by the government. O’Reilly claims that the various sects within the “philosophy” of Christianity constitute religions, but not Christianity itself, and that this is a “fact”.
November 29, 2012 § Leave a comment
“Some do it professionally. Some were entertainers. I looked down the debate stage, and half of them were probably on Fox contracts at one point in their career. You do that. You write some books. You go out and you sell some more. You get a radio gig or a TV gig out of it or something. And it’s like, you say to yourself, the barriers of entry to this game are pretty damn low.”
- Jon Huntsman, former Republican candidate for President, November 28, 2012
- Source: Interview with the Huffington Post
- Context: Recalling one debate, Huntsman, a moderate Republican, reflected on his fellow Republican presidential candidates during an interview with the Huffington Post. According to the Huffington Post, “Huntsman described the Republican primary process as corrosive, producing pledge-signing, cookie-cutter candidates more interested in money and publicity than policy.”
November 29, 2012 § Leave a comment
“Look, I know that people will probably try to lynch me when I say this, but Bishop [James] Ussher wasn’t inspired by the Lord when he said that it all took 6,000 years. It just didn’t. You go back in time, you’ve got radiocarbon dating. You got all these things and you’ve got the carcasses of dinosaurs frozen in time out in the Dakotas…They’re out there. So, there was a time when these giant reptiles were on the Earth and it was before the time of the Bible. So, don’t try and cover it up and make like everything was 6,000 years. That’s not the Bible. Thats Bishop Ussher. If you fight science, you’re going to lose your children, and I believe in telling it the way it was.
- Pat Robertson, televangelist, November 27, 2012
- Source: 700 Club
- Context: Robertson was answering a question presented by a viewer who her children and husband would not go to heaven because they question why the Bible could not explain the existence of dinosaurs. This comes as Marco Rubio declined to state whether he believed the Earth was billions, rather than thousands, of years old.
November 27, 2012 § Leave a comment
“I’m not obligated on the pledge…I was just elected. The only thing I’m honoring is the oath I take when I serve when I’m sworn in this January.”
- Bob Corker, Republican Senator from Tennessee, November 26, 2012
- Source: CBS News
- Context: Bob Corker, on CBS This Morning, is the newest Republican to come out against Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge. He now joins a chorus of Republican’s in congress such as Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Saxy Chambliss (R-GA), along with Representatives Peter King, Steve LaTourette, and Scott Rigell. If Democrats and Republicans cannot agree to a compromise on revenue increases as well as spending cuts by midnight on December 31, 2012, automatic tax increases and spending cuts go into effect, known as the “fiscal cliff”. Norquist has threatened tough re-election’s for politicians who break his pledge.
Edit: Congressman Tom Cole also came out in support of accepting President Obama’s tax plan on November 27, 2012, saying that agreeing to keep taxes low for the middle class while not doing anything about taxes for the top 2% does not constitute a violation of Norquist’s pledge.
November 20, 2012 § 1 Comment
“Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.”
- Marco Rubio, Republican Senator from Florida, November 19, 2012
- Source: Interview with GQ Magazine
- Context: Marco Rubio was asked how old he thought the Earth was to which he responded by saying that he was not qualified to answer that question because he was not a scientist and that there were different theories about the age of the Earth and the origins of the universe. It is, however, widely know that the Earth is billions of years old, approximately 4.5 billion years according to scientists. Marco Rubio is widely considered to be a potential Republican candidate for president in 2016.