“I believe that the church not only should apologize to the person who is gay whom it has offended but has to apologize to the poor, to exploited women, to children exploited for labor; it has to ask forgiveness for having blessed many weapons.”
— POPE FRANCIS in a groundbreaking statement on June 26.
“I think you can call this the cautious generation.”
— BILL ALBERT, spokesman for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, responding to a government survey showing U.S. teens are having a lot less sex, are drinking and using drugs less often and aren’t smoking as much.
“The way in which much of the EU debate was shaped was based on the idea of ‘ordinary people’ being threatened by ‘the other,’ meaning people who don’t look like you.”
— DAVID GILBORN, a race relations expert at the University of Birmingham, pointing to the racist and xenophobic factors underlying the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union. Many political experts say the “Brexit” movement reflected the mindset of Donald Trump’s followers.
“I’d seriously like to congratulate FOX News for keeping their entire audience from knowing that GW Bush set the Iraq withdrawal date.”
— Comedian JOHN FUGELSANG in a tweet.
“The problem is — the problem has always been — that feminism is not fun. It’s complex and hard and it pisses people off. It’s serious because it is about people demanding that their humanity be recognized as valuable.”
— ANDI Zeisler, writing about what she calls “marketplace feminism” in the new book We Were Feminists Once.
“For the gays out there — ask the gays and ask the people — ask the gays what they think and what they do in, not only Saudi Arabia, in many of these countries, with the gay community, just ask, and then you tell me — who’s your friend, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?”
— DONALD TRUMP in a speech during which he claimed to be a greater ally to LGBT Americans than Hillary Clinton.
“Those who defend the easy accessibility of assault weapons should meet these (bereaved Orlando) families and explain why that makes sense.”
— PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA commenting on NRA-backed lawmakers who refuse to adopt any restrictions on the purchase of military assault weapons.
“As someone who has used marijuana, I do not agree with that.”
— Libertarian presidential candidate GARY JOHNSON responding to Mitt Romney’s stance against legalizing marijuana because it “makes people stupid.”
“Go f**kin make my tortilla bitch, and build that f**kin wall. For me! You’re lucky all these cops are here, bro.”
— An unidentified DONALD TRUMP SUPPORTER caught on video screaming at protesters outside a Trump rally in Phoenix.