Magazine article The Christian Century

Voices of 2002. (Century Marks)

Magazine article The Christian Century

Voices of 2002. (Century Marks)

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"I believe in God and I believe in free markets."

--Kenneth Lay, former CEO of scandal-ridden Enron (San Diego Union-Tribune).

"Islam was founded by Muhammad, a demon-possessed pedophile who had 12 wives, and his last one was a nine-year-old girl. And I will tell you, Allah is not Jehovah, either."

--Jerry Vines, former Southern Baptist Convention president.

"The terrorists who attack us hate the very idea of human freedom. They cannot stand the thought of freedom of religion. It must make them nervous to know that a Methodist is standing next to His Eminence in a free society, in a society that welcomes people to worship freely, and as they so choose."

--President George W. Bush, at a Greek Independence Day ceremony attended by Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (RNS).

"The Catholic community is ... angry, and their anger is directed at the hierarchy, not at their faith."

--William P. Leahy, Boston College president (Boston Globe).

"It's not my church anymore. I don't claim it as my church. I don't practice the faith. Someone asked me, `Has your faith been shaken?' and I said no. My faith has been shattered. And I will never trust the church again."

--Christopher Dixon, who was sexually abused 25 years ago by former Bishop Anthony J. O'Connell of Palm Beach, Florida (RNS).

"We accept that women and Jews and blacks and Irish are equal and have equal opportunities, but we don't really believe that for the rest of the world, because if we did, we would not be letting two-and-a-half million Africans die next year [of AIDs]. …

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