Magazine article Newsweek

Perspectives

Magazine article Newsweek

Perspectives

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Byline: Quotation sources from top to bottom, left to right: New York Times, New York Post, Boston Globe, Associated Press, MSNBC, New York Daily News, Associated Press, Newsday, Associated Press, New York Post

"The best hope for peace... is the expansion of freedom."

President George W. Bush, in his Inaugural Address "If SpongeBob is a gay icon, someone needs to tell Barbra Streisand."

Alan Van Capelle, of gay-rights group Empire State Pride Agenda, on a tolerance video featuring the cartoon sponge holding hands with other characters and singing the disco hit "We Are Family." Some conservatives say the video aims to have children embrace homosexuality. "When they are sitting there constantly saying, 'Am I smart enough? Am I smart enough?' it doesn't really help when the president of the university says, 'Maybe you're not'."

Harvard physics professor Melissa Franklin, on comments made by Harvard president Lawrence Summers suggesting that women might not be as equipped for science study as men are. Summers has since apologized. "She knew Ademilton would be a big baby, but not this big."

Rita Leal, director of So Paulo's Albert Sabin Maternity Hospital, after Francisca Ramos dos Santos, 38, gave birth to a 16.7-pound boy "You look around the world at potential trouble spots, Iran is right at the top of the list."

Vice President Dick Cheney, in an interview on MSNBC's "Imus in the Morning," discussing nuclear threats posed by Iran. Cheney also said that Israel might decide to "act first" to confront the country. …

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