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  • Bartlett:what do you got?
  • Toby:the federated states of Micronesia.
  • Sam:Toby says its a country
  • Bartlett:it is a country, you know where?
  • Toby:I assume it's a small island in the South Pacific.
  • Bartlett:it's actually six hundred and seven islands in the South Pacific. Interestingly while its total land mass little more than 200 square miles it's occupies more than a million square miles in the Pacific Ocean. Populations 127000 and the U.S. Embassy is located in the state of ponapei. And not as most people believe, on the island of yap.
  • Toby:and why would you have this informational your disposal?
  • Bartlett:parties.
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You’re a son-of-a-bitch, You know that? She bought her first new car and You hit her with a drunk driver. What, was that supposed to be funny? “You can’t conceive, nor can I, the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God,” says Graham Greene. I don’t know whose ass he was kissing there ‘cause I think You’re just vindictive.

What was Josh Lyman? A warning shot? That was my son. What did I ever do to Yours except praise His glory and praise His name? There’s a tropical storm that’s gaining speed and power. They say we haven’t had a storm this bad since You took out that tender ship of mine in the north Atlantic last year, 68 crew. Do You know what a tender ship does? Fixes the other ships. Doesn’t even carry guns, just goes around, fixes the other ships and delivers the mail, that’s all it can do. Gratias Tibi ago, domine.

Yes, I lied. It was a sin. I’ve committed many sins. Have I displeased You, You feckless thug? Three point eight million new jobs, that wasn’t good? Bailed out Mexico, increased foreign trade, 30 million new acres of land for conservation, put Mendoza on the bench, we’re not fighting a war, I’ve raised three children… that’s not enough to buy me out of the doghouse? Haec credam a deo pio? A deo iusto? A deo scito? Cruciatus in crucem! Tuus in terra servus nuntius fui officium perfeci. Cruciatus in crucem. Eas in crucem!

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never get sick of this.

Listen, I know we’re here for a serious purpose, for a sober purpose, but I wanted to say I’ve never been a part of a street gang before, and that’s basically what we are – a pretty well-financed one – but anyway, I wanted to say it feels good, and I think when we’re done with this meeting, I think we should go out and get girls, and I don’t know, maybe knock over a fruit stand or something.
—   - President Bartlett.  The West Wing 3.3 “College Kids”
One of my favorite scenes in the West Wing

For those who use religious texts to ban homosexuality and/or make people of different genders feel inferior, wrong, or unclean. As sinners.

“President Bartlet” walked into the large room where most people were standing and talking, but “Dr. Jena Jacobs” who was played by a blond women prettier and younger than the real Dr. Laura (though with the same hair style), remained sitting, the relevance of which you’ll soon see.

Bartlet saw her and became distracted, leading to this exchange followed by a sermon from Bartlet: “Forgive me Dr. Jabobs, are you an MD?”

Jacobs: “A PhD.”

Bartlet: “A PhD?”

Jacobs: “Yes sir.”

Bartlet: “Psychology?”

Jacobs: “No sir.”

Bartlet: “Theology?”

Jacobs: “No.”

Bartlet: “Social work?”

Jacobs: “I have a PhD in English literature.”

Bartlet: “I’m asking because on your show people call in for advice and you go by the name ‘Dr. Jacobs’ on your show and I didn’t know if maybe your listeners were confused by that and assumed you had advanced training in psychology, theology or health care.”

Jacobs: “I don’t believe they are confused, no sir.”

Bartlet: “Good. I like your show. I like how you call homosexuality an abomination.’”

Jacobs: “I don’t say homosexuality is an abomination Mr. President. The Bible does.”

Bartlet: “Yes it does. Leviticus-”

Jacobs: “18:22.”

Bartlet launched into an impassioned diatribe which was interspersed with shots of an uncomfortable Jacobs fidgeting: “Chapter and verse. I wanted to ask you a couple of questions while I had you here. I’m interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. She’s a Georgetown sophomore, speaks fluent Italian, always cleared the table when it was her turn. What would a good price for her be? [silence in the room] While thinking about that can I ask another? My chief-of-staff, Leo McGarry, insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly says he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself or is it okay to call the police?

"Here’s one that’s really important, 'cause we’ve got a lot of sports fans in this town. Touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean, Leviticus 11:7. If they promise to wear gloves can the Washington Redskins still play football? Can Notre Dame? Can West Point? Does the whole town really have to be together to stone my brother John for planting different crops side-by-side? Can I burn my mother in a small family gathering for wearing garments made from two different threads? Think about those questions, would you.”

-West Wing

If there’s a context to every word, then there’s a context to every word and verse and chapter. This includes the different sexualities. Why is this still an issue when people clearly are now against slavery?