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May 15, 2007

Reverend Jerry Falwell In His Own Words

In case you hadn't yet heard, the Reverend Jerry Falwell passed away today. Of course, every death is sad and condolences must be extended to all the people who loved him.

Needless to say, I can not count myself among his admirers. Expect to see the usual reactions from the "fair and balanced" media. But instead of offering my own, I thought it better to assess the Reverend's legacy in his own words.

In a sermon in 1976, he reportedly said:
The idea that religion and politics don't mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country.
Presumably the "country" he's referring to is the USA. When did Christians come to "own" this country?

In the book Finding Inner Peace and Strength, he wrote:
The Bible is the inerrant...word of the living God. It is absolutely infallible,without error in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as well as in areas such as geography, science, history, etc.
And from this we have his support of creationism, Intelligent Design and a particularly religious strain of anti-intellectualism. This quotation has been around for a long long time:
Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions.
It's related to the next quotation. According to the International Herald Tribune, at a rally in 1996 he said:
I want the members of Congress to understand...that the solution to America's serious moral and spiritual problem is not political. We're in need of a religious awakening.
I'd always found this line of reasoning somewhat troubling - especially after 9/11. Imagine you're on your way to get onto one of those planes knowing that it'll be crashing one of those buildings in a few hours. You know you're going to die and you know you're going to kill alot of innocent people. There had to be a point at of no return - a point at which you couldn't turn back. What keeps you from saying to yourself, "Gee this might not be a good idea?"

What kept those guys from turning back?

It was the depth of their faith. True that faith was certainly different from Reverand Falwell's, but in light of the devastation a group of guys caused by acting according to their deeply held religious beliefs, shouldn't 9/11 have been some sort of warning about acting so irreversably according to something so fleeting as faith?

Of course not. We all know Falwell's infamous finger pointing after 9/11:
I really believe that the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who try to secularize America...I point the thing in their face and say you helped this happen.
Though in fairness, he did apologize:
When I talked about God lifting the curtain of protection on our nation, I should have made it very clear that no one on this earth knows whether or not that occurred or did not occur.
Well, that certainly clears things up.

I could go on; about how homosexuals are "brute beasts" and one of the Teletubbies is gay and how the "the moslem faith teaches hate." But I think I made my point.

Reverend Jerry Falwell (August 11, 1933 - May 15 2007)

9 comments:

Shimmy said...

His "heart" gave out in his office.

Pgh Lesbian said...

Did anyone notice that the MSM kept referring to him as Reverend Falwell while his minions used Dr. Falwell? Interesting ...

Well done, David. The homos approve.

Richmond K. Turner said...

It might be nice to allow his corpse to approach room temperature before tearing into the man, though.

Anon #2 said...

Check out Pittsburgh's own hate-monger Fred Phelps wannabe at www.rescuepittsburgh.com. Local loon Joseph Parente spews his 'pro-life' lies and hate all over Gwen Elliot's not yet cold body.
Then come back here and apologize to David for saying that he was 'tearing into someone'.
Falwell was a vicious man who used the bible to gain money and power.

Schmuck Shitrock said...

No prob, Admiral. His heart never rose above room temperature.

Anonymous said...

Here's what rescuepittsburgh.com had to say about the passing of Gwen Elliot:

Former Pittsburgh Police Commander Gwendolyn Elliott died Monday, May 14th, 2007. While she will be lauded in death as a wonderful woman who cared about the plight of pregnant teens, rescuers remember her as a woman who sat on the board of a local abortion mill and used her authority as an officer to harass, intimidate and abuse those who would lay their lives down for the unborn, including her involvement in the "Pittsburgh Nightmare". The truth is that Ms. Elliott leaves a bloody legacy. While she was too prideful in life, she is at this very moment, bowing her knee before Almighty God.

For comparison purposes only. Your mileage may vary.

jaywillie said...

Jerry Falwell had a heart?

I'm sorry but Falwell will get no sympathy for me. Frankly, the man denied himself the sanctity of death for all the years he twisted Christianity into his own brand of bigotry, judgement and hate.

If Jerry Falwell wanted to rest in peace, he should have left all those people he made a career out of demonizing live he peace.

dayvoe said...

Admiral;

I was not aware I was "tearing into" the Reverend but I guess that's a matter open to debate.

I am assuming from the last word of your comment, that while you may be disagreeing with my timing, you're agreeing with me overall, though.

The Trib this morning, it should be noted, wasted no time in praising all the good work the Reverend did for this country.

I was hoping to give a little balance to such inevitable assessments.

Schmuck Shitrock said...

Among other good works, Rev. Falwell raised the level of political discourse and started the healing by blaming me for 9/11. Very likely (if you are a regular reader of this blog), he blamed you, too...if you are gay, feminist, a believer in free speech, or a member of the ACLU.