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Issue: "The narrow runway," Oct. 14, 2000

We forbid any course that says we restrict free speech.

Kathleen Dixon, director of the Women's Studies Department at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, on the university's decision to block a professor from teaching a course he proposed on political correctness.

A slap in the face.

Jan Grover, assistant chief of a Nebraska fire department, in the Omaha World-Herald, on a $500 donation to the department from media magnate Ted Turner to help cover the $40,000 spent to combat wildfires that plagued the state over the summer-many of them on Mr. Turner's property. The firefighter didn't think the gift was enough: "Considering who this is, it's just unrealistic."

I don't have sex. I'm trying the best I can to wait until I'm married.

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NFL tight end Roland Williams, in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, after he was asked whether playing for the undefeated St. Louis Rams is better than sex.

Lehrer committed another blunder when he said to Bush, 'You're pro-life.'

Washington Post television critic Tom Shales, on a question from moderator Jim Lehrer to George W. Bush during the Oct. 3 presidential candidates' debate. "Generally, reputable journalistic organizations do not use this term to refer to those opposed to abortion," according to Mr. Shales.

By failing to discipline them, they have failed to defend the Christian faith.

Rev. Tim Smith, rector of Christ Church of Mobile, Ala., the oldest Episcopal congregation in the state, on "the drift of the [Episcopal Church in the U.S.A.] away from biblical authority and lack of discipline of bishops and clergy who have rejected most every tenet of the creeds of the church." The congregation voted to break away from the denomination because of the national body's theological liberalism, especially on homosexual issues. The congregation voted to affiliate with the Anglican Mission in America, whose bishops are under the authority of the archbishops of the Province of Rwanda and the Province of South East Asia.


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