Jerry Falwell died today. Some of you might think the title of this post is harsh. You’d be wrong. He spread hate and fear. He opposed our right to freedom of religion. He supported the pro-Apartheid South African government in the mid-1980s – and claimed minorities there agreed with him. A few of Jerry Falwell’s greatest hits:
- After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Falwell said on the 700 Club, “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.'”
- As for homosexuality, Falwell remarked, “AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals.”
- During the Civil Rights Movement Falwell was a supporter of racial segregation. He said this about Martin Luther King: “I do question the sincerity of people like the Reverend Martin Luther King…”
- Referring to one who does not [agree with him], Nobel- Prizewinning Bishop Desmond Tutu, Falwell said, “I think he’s a phony, period, as far as representing the black people of South Africa.”
I’m not dancing on his grave – but I’m not exactly shedding a tear either. This man was not doing the Lord’s work. And now he’s gone home to his master. If there is a God, and he’s just and fair, this man will spend eternity burning. I hope his family, who lost someone they loved, can find peace, but I hold no such hope or desire for Falwell.