Quotes in the News

Out Loud

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“When you get into the hurt of people, you get to know a little bit about the heart of God. I need to know that. I’m an American Christian. I’m a Texas Baptist. I haven’t starved. I haven’t gone a week without food, so I have to get down here to understand the hurt and the agony and the pilgrimage of these people. And if I don’t do it, I don’t have the concept of what Jesus is talking about the poor.”

Mike Barrera

Pastor of United Baptist Church in Laredo, on helping people living in poverty along the Rio Grande


“It’s extraordinary to me that the United States can find $700 billion to save Wall Street and the entire G8 can’t find $25 billion to saved 25,000 children who die every day from preventable diseases.”


Rock star and anti-poverty activist (The American Prospect blog/Sojourners)


“I’d like to see the CEOs of these companies march down Wall Street in sackcloth and ashes.”

Cokie Roberts

ABC News analyst, about the Wall Street executives who asked Washington to bail out their companies (This Week with George Stephanopoulos/RNS)


“I am appalled at the moral obtuseness of people, some of whom come from historically pacifist religious traditions, being so eager to talk with a man who advocates ‘annihilation’ and ‘destruction’ of Israel and America.”

Richard Land

President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, on U.S. religious groups who met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad while he was in New York to attend the United Nations (Baptist Press)


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