"If there are people who reject God or the church, Christianity or religiously inspired moral values, because of what conservative evangelical political activists do, this is disastrous from a Christian point of view."
Christian ethics professor at Mercer University and author of The Future of Faith in American Politics (USA Today/RNS)
"I have reached the conclusion that the atmosphere today, and the reality that exists in the House of Representatives, no longer encourages the finding of common ground."
U.S. congressman (R-Ohio), announcing he will retire rather than seek re-election this fall (MSNBC/Sojourners)
"We have become a nation rife with domestic terrorism—moving from a land of hospitality and freedom to a land of the fearful and the besieged, with gun violence being the driving force behind this change."
Progressive National Baptist Convention
A resolution calling for an assault-weapons ban (RNS)