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Quotables

Issue: "Drawing the Line," Feb. 22, 1997

If I were Christian I would complain that Christian leaders, political, religious, and business, around the world have failed in their obligations to fight oppression of their co-religionists. I am complaining anyway.

New York Times columnist A.M. ROSENTHAL on increasing reports of the global persecution of Christians.

Yeah, this is a very exciting place. It's got heterosexuals, homosexuals, lesbians, carnivores, vegetarians, Stalinists, Trotskyites.

DONALD H. FORST, former editor of New York Newsday, remarking upon his new vocational home after being named the new editor of the 41-year-old left-wing weekly Village Voice.

It looks like we're going to get rolled.

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TOM GREY, president of the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling, expressing his fear that the federal commission to investigate the effects of gambling on society is being stacked in favor of gambling. Although both James Dobson and Kay Coles James--staunch gambling opponents--were picked to serve on the panel, so were industry insiders: a casino executive, a gaming regulator, and the head of a union representing casino employees. Said Mr. Grey: &quotIt may be the best commission money can buy."

I said to him in the last few days, 'I wish you could see yourself with a pastoral heart, not a political heart.' And by golly, that's what he's doing. I don't think he knows it.... But with the verse, he's a pastor to the nation, not a politician.

TV's Hour of Power evangelist ROBERT H. SCHULLER, speaking of his relationship with President Clinton. The Bible verse to which Mr. Schuller refers is Isaiah 58:12, &quotThou shalt be called, the repairer of the breach" (KJV), which Mr. Clinton quotes often.

The televangelist in the White House has found a soul mate in a televangelist.... Reverend Schuller and Reverend Clinton both seem to be forgetting that the president is not in charge of our souls.

New York Times correspondent MAUREEN DOWD, criticizing President Clinton as a &quotborn acolyte, with a level of emotional neediness rarely seen outside Malibu."

[I am] looking for God and examining the mystery of faith, of human life, and of destiny.

New Age actress SHIRLEY MACLAINE, in Poland for the opening of her new movie, The Evening Star, on her visit to the country's holiest Roman Catholic shrine, the 14th-century Jasna Gora monastery. In the Jasna Gora is a picture of the Black Madonna, believed by some to have miraculous powers.

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