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Issue: "History speaks," April 1, 2006

"It was simply assumed that there would be housing for these folks. It was a huge disconnect."

Tom Hlavacek, former Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force chairman, on the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Lessard v. Schmidt, which forbade the involuntary hospitalization of mentally ill patients and sparked the homeless epidemic.

"We have the perfect constitution. It is Islamic law and it is illegal to be a Christian and it should be punished."

Judge Alhaj Ansarullah MawlazeZadah on the trial of Abdul Rahman, facing capital punishment in Afghanistan for becoming a Christian. (See "The Buzz")

"He's cashed plenty of checks with our show making fun of Christians."

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South Park co-creator Matt Stone on Isaac Hayes, the voice of the character "Chef," leaving the show because of its "inappropriate ridicule" of religion. The show recently made fun of Scientology, Mr. Hayes' religion.

"His acceptance of the Mohicans of the time is similar to my inclusion of gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgendered people now."

Janet Edwards, Presbyterian (USA) minister and sixth-great-granddaughter of Jonathan Edwards, likening performing gay marriage to her forefather's evangelism of Native Americans.


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