Voices of 2001

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"You've got self-righteous people on all sides arguing with other self-righteous people. God is saying No to ... these little trivial debates we're having in the church while hundreds of thousands of people are starving to death."

--Theologian Shirley Guthrie, on the repeated debates in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on homosexuality.

"Because of my great love for my husband, I respect his decision to leave me."

--Maria Sung Milingo, the bride for three months of Catholic Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo of Zambia, who decided to end the marriage so he could return to the celibate life of a Catholic prelate.

"I can't remember the last time Nebraska football hasn't been mentioned in a sermon."

--Brian Bywater of Omaha, on the fervency of Cornhusker football fans.

"We must remember that evil does not wear a turban, a tunic, a yarmulke or a cross. Evil wears the garment of a human heart woven from the threads of hate and fear."

--Nathan Baxter, dean of Washington National Cathedral.

"To seek God's blessings for America and not for the world fails to recognize the wideness in God's mercy and the expanse of God's love."

--United Methodist Bishop Kenneth Carder

"The promise of closure is a false promise. …