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“Any church—congregation, parachurch organization, denomination, or group of individual Christians—that supports torture has violated its confessed allegiance to you and can no longer be considered part of your true church. Let them be anathema.”

David Gushee

Christian ethics professor at Mercer University, speaking to Jesus about the torture debate (ABP/RNS)


“I think I’m a pretty nice guy, and I’m not used to people saying that kind of thing about me. It really hurt. But then I went to bed that night and talked to God for a good, long time. The next morning, I woke up feeling like Superman, and I didn’t care about what things people said anymore from that day on.”

Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher

Describing how he dealt with criticism directed against him after former presidential nominee John McCain used him to criticize Barack Obama’s tax policies (ChristianityToday.com/RNS)


“There are some cases that will drive you to your knees. In those moments you ask for strength and wisdom to have the right answer and the courage to stand up for it.”

Clarence Thomas

U.S. Supreme Court justice, speaking to high school students about how his religious faith influences his work on the court (New York Times/RNS)


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