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.
Cross posted (in sin) from AoF