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Rick Warren



Issue: "Tidings of discomfort and joy," Dec. 28, 2013

‘I fear the disapproval of God more than I fear your disapproval or the disapproval of society.’

Pastor Rick Warren during an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, on his opposition to same-sex marriage.

‘If you’re eating free-range chicken from an organic farm down the road, with side orders of locally sourced arugula and kale, just remember you’re not acting politically. You’re just having dinner.’

Adrienne Rose Johnson, in The Wall Street Journal, arguing that “eating local” doesn’t, as advocates claim, help the environment or the poor.

‘Students learn from having a good professor in front of the room teaching them. I don’t think buildings teach them.’

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Pennsylvania State Rep. Brad Roae, arguing that state universities in Pennsylvania should stop spending money on overly “fancy” facilities. The state’s 14-university system is cutting programs and faculty in the face of budget constraints.

‘If we’re going to punish this poor kid for pretending to shoot a bow and arrow, let’s ticket his parents for parking their unicorn in a fire zone.’

Attorney Jonna Spilbor, on the suspension of 5th-grader Johnny Jones by the South Eastern School District of Fawn Grove, Pa., for playfully shooting an imaginary arrow at a friend who had fired an imaginary gun at him. The district suspended Johnny under its “zero tolerance” policy against weapons.

‘$14.2 million’

Selling price for one of the 11 surviving copies of the Bay Psalm Book during a Nov. 26 auction at Sotheby’s in New York. The price was a new world auction record for a printed book. The Bay Psalm Book, printed in 1640 in Cambridge, Mass., was the first book printed in what became the United States. Buyer David Rubenstein said he will lend the book to libraries around the country. 


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