"One day I have to give an account to God and not to nobody else of what I've done in my life. And that's why I've said and shared the stuff with y'all that I've shared with y'all today that I wouldn't like to share with y'all."
Andy Pettitte, Yankees pitcher (and Baptist Sunday school teacher), telling Congress that he used human growth hormone but did not consider it cheating.
(Source: New York Daily News)

"The issue is you can't name me anybody presently in politics that did more to introduce policies that reduce the number of real abortions instead of the hot air putting out to tear people up and make votes by dividing America."
Bill Clinton, addressing pro-life protesters at a rally for his wife at Steubenville High School in Ohio.*
(Source: LifeNews.com)

"It's not a sin to celebrate your Irish culture. You're born Irish first, and then you're baptized Catholic."
Mark Dempsey, president of the Shamrock Club in Columbus, Ohio, on the city's fight over its St. Patrick's Day parade. Bishops had asked cities to move festivities out of Holy Week, where the observance fell for the first time since 1940 and the last time until 2160.
(Source: Associated Press)

"There is a movement away from treating people who work for the church as people with a calling and towards treating them as a member of staff."
Mark Mansell, employment partner at the law firm Allen & Overy, on a British court's decision that organists are church employees and must receive full employment rights.
(Source: The Times)

"There is a strong correlation between the density of payday lending industry and the political power of conservative Christians, suggesting that conservative Christians have become a prime demographic target of payday lenders."
Christopher Lewis Peterson and Steven M. Graves, who found that payday-lender density has a higher correlation with conservative Christian political power than with income, race, and other distinctions.
(Source: Catholic University Law Review)

"The fact that brief exposure to a message asserting that there is no such thing as free will can increase both passive and active cheating raises the concern that advocating a deterministic worldview could undermine moral behavior."
Kathleen Vohs and Jonathan Schooler, in the January issue of Psychological Science)

*Correction: This article originally misstated the location of Clinton’s rally. We regret the error.

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