May 17, 2007
The recent passing of televangelist Jerry Falwell has right-wingers falling over themselves trying to whitewash his image and make him a saint. They have a lot of work to do. This is a man who perverted Christianity for his own narrow view of the world to further his discriminatory agenda. How he is any better than fellow televangelists Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Whittington or Ted Haggard.
His repugnant views on gays puts him in league with the likes of Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church. Quotes like this were his stock-in-trade, and his “moral majority” was far from it. In fact, you could change Falwell’s name for Phelps and no one would be the wiser.
“AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals”
His take on 9/11 was just as ugly:
“AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals” 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.'"
It’s funny; Falwell blames the U.S. for 9/11, saying we caused it, but we hear nothing from the rightwing who goes off the deep end and calls people traitors, the “hate America first crowd” or cowards if anyone suggests the U.S. policy abroad is also to blame for the hatred of the U.S. But in the Republican Presidential debate earlier this week, Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul dared suggest that the U.S. policies over the past 50 years contributed to 9/11, and he was immediately blasted.
Republican Party Chair Saul Anuzis is calling for his exclusion from future debates and starting a petition among Republican National Committee members to expel him.
"I think Congressman Ron Paul was way off base and doesn't represent any of the Republican party base...let alone activists," Anuzis said on his “blog.” "I don't have a problem with his libertarian views, but blaming 9-11 on us (U.S.) was over the top."
Why not let the voters decide that, Saul? But the real whitewash comes from the biggest hatemonger ever, Ann Coulter in her weekly column. It amazes me that Coulter and Falwell can call themselves Christians, especially Coulter.
No man in the last century better illustrated Jesus' warning that "All men will hate you because of me" than the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who left this world on Tuesday. Separately, no man better illustrates my warning that it doesn't pay to be nice to liberals.
Falwell was a perfected Christian. He exuded Christian love for all men, hating sin while loving sinners. This is as opposed to liberals, who just love sinners. Like Christ ministering to prostitutes, Falwell regularly left the safe confines of his church to show up in such benighted venues as CNN.
How she could write that crap with a straight face tells you a lot abut this woman. “He exuded Christian love for all men” except those he disagreed with.
Coulter agrees with Falwell that the U.S. was to blame for the 9/11 attack, so why isn’t Anuzis denouncing her, too?
“First of all, I disagreed with that statement because Falwell neglected to specifically include Teddy Kennedy and "the Reverend" Barry Lynn.”
The rest of the article is just more gay bashing, but the interesting thing is she wants to go back to the ‘50s. “There have always been gay people — even in the prelapsarian '50s that Jerry Falwell and I would like to return to, when God protected America from everything but ourselves.”
When it was OK to beat up, call them "fags” and discriminate against gays? I’ll bet African-Americans in the south who were not allowed to vote, drink from the same water fountain, go the same schools or expect police protection want to go back to that time, but Coulter’s past quotes have illustrated she wants to go back to Jim Crow.