I’m not exactly heartbroken over news that bigot-for-profit, “Reverend” Jerry Falwell has died. This is a someone that made millions and gained national fame for promoting bigotry under the guise of religious dogma. A man that routinely beat up on those who didn’t look, think, comb their hair, or love the way he saw fit. Someone that invoked the name of a God of love to spew pure hatred. A person that conveniently took an Old Testament approach to solving perceived social ills in an effort to suit his own agenda. No, I’m not sad that he’s gone. Though I didn’t hate Jerry Falwell personally, I hated his close-mindedness. His unwillingness to let go of his intolerance. His reluctance to embrace the more sympathetic, kind, and good natured position on life and his fellow man promoted in his own faith.
Noted quotes from Reverend Falwell:
“I had a student ask me, “Could the savior you believe in save Osama bin Laden?” Of course, we know the blood of Jesus Christ can save him, and then he must be executed.”
“AIDS is not just God’s punishment for homosexuals; it is God’s punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals.”
“Billy Graham is the chief servant of Satan in America.”
“Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions.”
“Homosexuality is Satan’s diabolical attack upon the family that will not only have a corrupting influence upon our next generation, but it will also bring down the wrath of God upon America.”
“I believe that global warming is a myth. And so, therefore, I have no conscience problems at all and I’m going to buy a Suburban next time.”
“I think the Moslem faith teaches hate.”
“If you’re not a born-again Christian, you’re a failure as a human being.“
“The idea that religion and politics don’t mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country.”
“It appears that America’s anti-Biblical feminist movement is at last dying, thank God, and is possibly being replaced by a Christ-centered men’s movement which may become the foundation for a desperately needed national spiritual awakening.”
“[homosexuals are] brute beasts…part of a vile and satanic system [that] will be utterly annihilated, and there will be a celebration in heaven.”
On 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 have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say ‘you helped this happen.’”
For his sake, I hope wherever he is, they’re treating him better than he would others. As you can see, he was a man of strong convictions — and the not the least bit afraid to express his beliefs. I suppose that would be commendable if he weren’t such a hypocritical bigot.
Now walk it out…walk it out….