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PunditWire’s daily quotes are furnished by American University School of Communication’s Simpson Fellow, Rachel Coyle, who is continuing the mission of Rev. James Simpson on contemporaryquotations.org.

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  • October 21, 2014

    “We want to believe that diversity can transform the relationship of police to the communities they serve. But odds are good that it doesn’t, and it won’t. Given the fraught history of blacks and law enforcement, blue—it seems—is the only color that matters.”

    -Jamelle Bouie, Slate staff writer, Slate, October 13, 2014

  • October 20, 2014

    “In the middle of a crisis, pulling Dr. Frieden away from the work he needs to do so Congress members could all make their little press statements — it was shameful.”

    -Janet Napolitano, current University of California president and former US Secretary of Homeland Security, Discussing the Congressional Ebola Hearing. Speaking to The WorldPost at a Pacific Council on International Policy conference, October 18, 2014

  • October 19, 2014

    “We’re coming into flu season. Is every flu patient going to be a possible Ebola case? If so, it’s going to be a nightmare. At some point we’ll reach saturation. But right now, we just need to take a deep breath.”

    -Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH, K.T. Li Professor of International Health & Health Policy at Harvard School of Public Health, and Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute. Forbes, October 11, 2014

  • October 18, 2014

    “The Court is making the preposterous assumption that the People of the United States somehow silently redefined marriage in 1868 when they ratified the 14th Amendment.”

    -Ted Cruz, US Senator (R – Texas), criticizing the US Supreme Court for their refusal to hear gay marriage cases this term. Statement released to the public, October 6, 2014

  • October 17, 2014

    “If you ask a Saudi Imam why women in Saudi Arabia can’t drive, he’ll say, ‘Because Islam demands it.’ But that’s absurd, because – first of all – Islam demands no such thing; and secondly, the only country in the world in which women can’t drive is Saudi Arabia. The inability to understand the difference between a cultural practice and religious belief is shocking among self-described intellectuals.”

    -Reza Aslan, religious scholar and author of the best-selling “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” responding to Bill Maher’s recent criticisms of Islam. Salon, October 10, 2014

  • October 16, 2014

    “When they beat me, they would tell me, ‘You’re all alone, scream as loud as you want. There is no one here to hear you’…I asked from God to die.”

    -Sadia, Afghani victim of abuse, speaking out for the rights of abused women in Afghanistan. Al Jazeera, October 5, 2014

  • October 15, 2014

    “In your choosing your own death, you are robbing those that love you with such tenderness the opportunity of meeting you in your last moments…That last kiss, that last warm touch, that last breath, matters – but it was never intended for us to decide when that last breath is breathed.”

    -Kara Tippetts, Christian author, blogger, and terminally ill cancer patient. Post on her blog: aholyexperience.com, October 8, 2014

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