Magazine article The Christian Century

Voices of 2009

Magazine article The Christian Century

Voices of 2009

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Sources: Newsweek, RNS, Time

"We all pray that our Lord, in His grace, may spare us from the devastation of a pandemic. Considering the implications, however, it would be prudent to prepare."

--Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, in a letter to Christian Reformed churches on the global H1N1 flu pandemic

"I take the ones I can afford and then trust in the Lord."

--Robert Brown, 60, from North Carolina, who has heart disease and emphysema, on coping with the rising cost of prescription drugs

"People wanted bigger weddings, newer carriages.... They were buying things they didn't need."

--Mervin Lehman on why his Indiana Amish community is struggling financially

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"Our folks in the field are feeling a little overwhelmed because they can't see the end, and all they see are more and more people and fewer resources coming their way. And yet we don't have the luxury to say, 'You know what? We're going to have to close our doors for a while.'"

--Larry Snyder, chief executive of Catholic Charities USA, on the effects of the economic recession

"The enduring faith of a billion people is so much bigger than the narrow hatred of a few."

--President Barack Obama, speaking of Islam in his address to the Muslim world in Cairo, Egypt

"Even if he delivers hundreds of speeches and talks very sweetly, there will not be a change in how the Islamic countries perceive the United States."

--Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran, on President Obama's Cairo speech

"I'm burning, I'm burning."

--Reportedly the last words of Neda Agha-Soltan, whose death became a symbol of the resistance to Iran's allegedly rigged elections

"Every single Iranian is valuable. The government is at everyone's service. We like everyone."

--Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, defending his reelection despite charges of election fraud

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"Madoff will not only stand in the courts to be judged and sentenced; one day he will stand before God. …

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