Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Justice to the Chief," Jan. 23, 1999

I'm an old-fashioned guy who believes marriage should last until one of you quits breathing.

Gary Chapman, in People magazine, on his separation from wife Amy Grant.

I believe when God finally calls you, you are going to burn in hell from here to eternity.

Judge Ellsworth Cundiff, after sentencing to life in prison a man who injected his son with the AIDS virus to avoid paying child support. The judge said he wished the sentence could have been stronger: "My thought is injecting a child with the HIV virus really puts you in the same category as the worst war criminal." Brian Stewart, 32, was convicted Dec. 6 of injecting AIDS-tainted blood into his son, who was then 11 months old, during a hospital visit in 1992. The child, now 7, was diagnosed with AIDS in 1996. If the boy dies, Mr. Stewart could be tried for murder.

These are the two great unifying forces of our time-love of God and hatred of Him.

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Rabbi Daniel Lapin, in a speech to the 106th Congressional Bipartisan Opening Ceremony, during which he noted the two forces are incompatible and the nation "must decide which is paramount."

Somebody, somewhere, love me.

Madalyn Murray O'Hair, at least a half-dozen times, in diary entries that total about 2,000 pages. Three years after the nation's foremost atheist vanished in a still-unsolved mystery, her diaries are scheduled to be auctioned off on Jan. 23 to pay off creditors and back taxes.

The interest rates charged by these people would make the Gambino family blush.

Birmingham, Ala., lawyer Lang Clark, who has reached settlements in lawsuits against several "payday lenders" in recent weeks. Street-corner bankers who charge up to 800 percent interest have become one of the nation's fastest growing industries. The number of these payday loan outfits has doubled since 1990.


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