News Never Forget: Jerry Falwell on 9/11
posted by May 15 at 10:50 AMon
We’re sure to be treated to a week’s worth of blather describing Falwell as a “devout man of God,” and those of us he devoted his life to attacking, marginalizing and belittling will be called ungracious if we object, in any way, to the bouquets the media is going to toss at Falwell’s casket over the next few days.
So here’s a taste of who Falwell really was. Being interviewed by Pat Robertson after 9/11, Falwell said we had it coming, that we deserved it. And instead of blaming the attacks on the perpetrators—religious nuts like Falwell—he pointed a fat, greasy finger at secularists, gays and lesbians, and the ACLU.
JERRY FALWELL: I fear, as Donald Rumsfeld, the Secretary of Defense said yesterday, that this is only the beginning. And with biological warfare available to these monsters; the Husseins, the Bin Ladens, the Arafats, what we saw on Tuesday, as terrible as it is, could be miniscule if, in fact, if in fact God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve.
PAT ROBERTSON: Jerry, that’s my feeling. I think we’ve just seen the antechamber to terror. We haven’t even begun to see what they can do to the major population.
JERRY FALWELL: The ACLU’s got to take a lot of blame for this.
PAT ROBERTSON: Well, yes.
JERRY FALWELL: And, I know that I’ll hear from them for this. But, 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’.
PAT ROBERTSON: Well, I totally concur….
John Avarosis has a long list of choice Falwell quotes up on Americablog.
The man was a raving bigot—God doesn’t hear the prayers of Jews, Jerry Falwell supported apartheid, AIDS was God’s wrath—but now that he’s dead we’re going to be bullied into pretending he was a simple man of God. (If an obscenely wealthy one.) We’ll be told that Falwell did only what he believed his faith required of him. But if man’s faith requires bigotry and hatred of him? Either there is something wrong with the man or something wrong with his faith. We have a right to question both Falwell’s faith and Falwell’s character in the wake of his untimely death.