Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Worldview warehouses," July 17, 1999

It's really Christianity that's our biggest obstacle.

Benjamin Smith, the white supremacist who murdered two and wounded nine before turning a gun on himself over the Fourth of July weekend, in a videotaped interview with a student documentary filmmaker. ABC News purchased the rights to air the tape and carried the remarks on its Good Morning America show. Mr. Smith was commenting on his frustration with Christians, who emphasized God's love for persons of all races, because of their biblical opposition to his calls for "racial holy war."

I've been blessed by God in many different ways. It's great. I'm having fun because my family's great. My kids, my wife, everyone at home is great and I'm doing great. I don't have any complaints.

Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa, after hitting his league-leading 30th home run.

Life may have gotten better, but people haven't gotten better, especially the kids.

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Ralph Mittelstaedt, a retired Nebraska farmer, commenting on a Pew Research Center poll finding that a majority of Americans feel their own family's lives have gotten better at the end of the 20th century, but they are less optimistic about the country as a whole.

They haven't seen Bambi, but they've seen Scream, Scream II.

Kathleen Hansen, a Champaign, Ill., teacher for emotionally disturbed children, who says she hears children as young as 5 talk about seeing violent films.


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