The “Moral Majority” Was Neither

I realize the folly of speaking ill of the dead, but before the hosannas and praises start pouring in over Jerry Falwell’s death today, let’s take a moment to remind ourselves exactly how hateful and hurtful this guy and his Moral Majority thugs actually were, once upon a time. Here are a few delicious quotes from the good Reverend:

On September 11th: Blame rests with “throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. 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.”

On AIDS: “AIDS is not just God’s punishment for homosexuals; it is God’s punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals.” And this: “AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals. To oppose it would be like an Israelite jumping in the Red Sea to save one of Pharoah’s chariotters.”

On Christianity and Politics: “The idea that religion and politics don’t mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country.” And this: “The ACLU is to Christians what the American Nazi party is to Jews.” And this: “If you’re not a born-again Christian, you’re a failure as a human being.”

And of course, let’s not forget these “principled” stances: “In 1999, he told an evangelical conference that the Antichrist was a male Jew who was probably already alive. Falwell later apologized for the remark but not for holding the belief. A month later, his National Liberty Journal warned parents that Tinky Winky, a purple, purse-toting character on television’s ”Teletubbies” show, was a gay role model and morally damaging to children.”

And this last gem, on prostitutes: “Grown men should not be having sex with prostitutes unless they are married to them.”

LOL. Oh, how we’ll miss you, Reverend.

Or not.

Cross posted (in sin) from AoF

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4 Responses to The “Moral Majority” Was Neither

  1. Darrell Prows says:

    I’ve never contributed to any one like the good Reverend but I WOULD pay big money to hear Marjoe Gortner do the eulogy.

  2. Darrell Prows says:

    I’m having memories of Billy Graham Crusades being shown on network T.V. back when all T.V. was on only one of three channels. Could that sort of thing ever really have played that large a role in our culture? Would that make it, what, infotainment? And when did we get to the point where there no longer was any free nationwide audience for any religion?

    Strangely, what led to this memory was thinking about the comment in my paper today from Gwynne Dyer that only 7% of the population in England still attends any church regularly.

  3. Darrell writes: “I’m having memories of Billy Graham Crusades being shown on network T.V. back when all T.V. was on only one of three channels. Could that sort of thing ever really have played that large a role in our culture?”

    I dunno, but one thing I did find surprising was the animosity towards Graham from Falwell. From the quotes website, there’s this doozy: “Billy Graham is the chief servant of Satan in America”.

    Which would have made Falwell….what, exactly?

  4. Buzz says:

    As a 63 year old gay person, I keep a file called, “gay hate”. In it I keep examples of how hate and not love has become the hallmark of the religious right. Just a few of the entries go as follows:

    “Homosexuals want to come into our churches and throw blood all around and try to give people aids and spit in the face of the ministers.” Pat Robertson, 700 Club, 1/18/95

    “Since our nation was founded, we have discriminated against certain things. We dicriminate agains kidnappers. We discriminate against murders and thieves. And there have been laws since the founding of this country against what are considered unatural acts, sex between members of the same sex.” People for the American Way Foundation 12/24/93

    “It’s not enough that they engage in perversion, and homosexuality is perversion. That perversion is like addiction, it’s not enough, so you need to graduate to something else. You need to move on. So now their having sex with animals, a small group, that’s getting bigger is having sex with infants. Their having sex out in the open in the streets of Chicago.” Guy Adams organizer of Renew America on a Chicago radio show hosted by Stacy Harp 8/3/06

    A caller to conservative, nationaly syndicated, radio host Michale Savage identified himself as being gay. Mr. Savage responded: “So your one of those sodomists? You should get aids and die you pig. Your a piece of garbage, go eat a sausage and choke on it. Why are you upset sodomite, didn’t you have a busy enough night at the bath house?” The Savage Nation 11/06

    Words always have consequences. Suicide remains the leading cause of death among gay teenagers because of such hate talk. Just think, Imus, was fired and yet people like Michael Savage get a free pass on this hate speech every night!
    Ending on a more positive note, it was Mother Teresa who said: “Jesus said to love one another. He didn’t say to love those most like us.” Finally, one of my favorite Mother Teresa quotes: “If we have no peace , it is because we have forgotten to belong to each other” I hope I live to see the time when gays are no longer considered politically correct to hate. In the words of John Lennon’s classic song “Imagine”: “You may say that I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one.”