Thursday, May 17, 2007

Reverend of Hate.

So our beloved friend Reverend Jerry Falwell died on Tuesday. He was a role model for conservatives, extreme-Christians, and homophobes everywhere.

Here were some of his more memorable quotes.
“The ACLU's got to take a lot of blame for this.” In response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“The idea that religion and politics don't mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country.” In a sermon.

“Grown men should not be having sex with prostitutes unless they are married to them.” On an episode of Crossfire.

“God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve.” As quoted in "God Gave US 'What We Deserve,' Falwell Says" by John F Harris, in The Washington Post (14 September 2001).

“His message of peace and reconciliation under almost all circumstances is simply incompatible with Christian teachings as I interpret them. This 'turn the other cheek' business is all well and good but it's not what Jesus fought and died for. What we need to do is take the battle to the Muslim heathens and do unto them before they do unto us.”
His opinion on Jimmy Carter.

“You've got to kill the terrorists before the killing stops and I am for the President — chase them all over the world, if it takes ten years, blow them all away in the name of the Lord.” In a CNN debate with Rev. Jesse Jackson.

“The fact that Marc Cherry’s a gay Republican means he should join the Democratic Party.” On Meeting The Press.

Those are just a few. The funny thing is that I don’t have to write anything bad about him, his quotes are self-incriminating.

If you want to read more, here you go.


Conservative Jake said...

That there Rev. Falwell was a good guy, I think he was just too nice though. The American Civil Liberties Union, Muslims, and a cult of secular Jews that for whatever reason hate the state of Israel, conducted all the terrorist attacks ever in history ever. And all because they are lead by the DEVIL!!

Life~For~Nothing said...

Thank all that is peaceful and loving in the world he's dead.

Mr. K said...

I don't need to read more. I heard more on the news right after his death.

Some news show, I forget which, did a kind of retrospective about his life. He was well aware of what he was saying and what he was doing. He knew he was being outrageous. He knew he was being controversial. He knew he was being outlandish. And he got press for doing it. Lots and lots of press. And lots and lots of new members in his church. And lots and lots of polical power.

He gained so much political power that he gave the benediction for Ronald Reagan. He knew how to use it. Many political historians believe he is the reason that evangelicals began to vote and become involved in the political process. He affected change.

I'm not really sure he believed half of the things he said. I'm not sure he realized that even devote Christains had their limits. He said things they couldn't accept and couldn't justify and they began to distance themselves from him. It didn't much help that there were so many scandals for other televangelists of the time either.

While I didn't agree with much that he said, goodness I don't know if I agree with anything that he said, he did make people think and discuss and talk about issues that weren't talked about before. He didn't do that quite in the right way, but still he made the conversation begin.

Mr. Geiwitz said...

I am not sure what to say. I think he is a person who was able to tap into the emotion of people and utilize it for his needs. He was an influential person in religion and politics and in those fields, people can become polarized. I think he helped to polarize people and capitalize on those emotions he evoked in them. This demonstrates his ability to either inspire or insite passions that make you love him or hate him. Please realize this fact when you reply to this post and use reasoned thought and not emotional rhetoric to express yourself.

Nathan said...

In short he was a master manipulator in the worst kind of way and few will miss his hate strung puppetry...

The penguin said...

*Squack* i made him do it *Squack*