If it weren’t such good news for Kerry, this news would cause my head to explode. Falwell will pray, pray, pray! the Republican National Convention into session in New York next month.
While the media had a field day with Al Sharpton hitting W a little harder than the script read, do you think they will recap some of Falwell’s greatest hits? Who can forget Christofacist ramblings like these?
“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.'”
— Rev. Jerry Falwell, 9/12/01, quoted in “God Gave U.S. ‘What We Deserve,’ Falwell Says,” The Washington Post 9/14/2001
“The idea that religion and politics don’t mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country.”
–Sermon, July 4, 1976
“I hope I live to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we won’t have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will be!”
—America Can Be Saved, 1979
“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.”
— Finding Inner Peace and Strength, 1982
“AIDS is not just God’s punishment for homosexuals; it is God’s punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals.”
–CBC television debate debate between Falwell and gay minister Rev. Troy Perry, 7/6/83
Falwell isn’t just some kooky preacher. He founded the group “Moral Majority” that spawned the “Christian Right” politcal apparatus and has done more than any one person to twist the faith of my fathers into a hateful force bent on hijacking our democratic process with the ultimate goal of asserting theocracy. Before Pat Robertson, before Ralph Reed, there was Falwell, spouting a doctrine that sucks all the love out of Christ’s ministry and replaces it with fear and discord. He is simply a false prophet, and the Bible he finds infallible is pretty explicit about what happens to them in The End. Let me just say, if I’m wrong, and Falwell ends up in Heaven I’ll be happy to enjoy brimstone cocktails with Beelzebub every day at 5 for all eternity.
We had been hearing that the RNC wanted to keep the convention mainstream, but the far-right was pissed that prime slots were going to moderates like Rudy and Ahnold. And we know how thoroughly they have W by the, um, ear. If this is how the convention is starting it will likely turn into a repeat of 1992–where the Christian Coalition flexed its muscle and Pat Buchanan’s “religious war in America” invocation terrified reasonable Americans and helped elect Clinton.