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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Never Forget: Jerry Falwell on 9/11

posted by on May 15 at 10:50 AM

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.


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.

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Lets be clear, at this point over 50% of the country will not call you ungracious if you point out what a jackass he was. So kick away.

Posted by mason | May 15, 2007 11:04 AM

Does someone have a copy of the Hustler cartoon? Because that would be lovely.

Posted by Kate | May 15, 2007 11:30 AM

This has got to be bad news for McDonalds, Crispy Creme, and the gravy industry in general... good riddence to that fat f-cking bastard! Anything that makes hate mongers cry brings joy to my heart. It wil be hilarious over the next few days as the religious right demonizes all the secularists, gays, atheists, etc. for dancing on his grave. As if only silent reverence for the man from all those he hated is appropriate. I can't help but think he got off easy, though. He never really reaped the harvest of hate he sowed (sewed?)

Posted by longball | May 15, 2007 11:30 AM

I would spit on his grave, but that would require traveling to Lynchburg - a town named after its citizensí favorite past-time.

Posted by Original Andrew | May 15, 2007 11:33 AM
Posted by Tinky Linky | May 15, 2007 11:35 AM

Untimely? As in it took way too much time?

Posted by sniggles | May 15, 2007 11:35 AM

Exactly what I meant, Sniggles.

Posted by Dan Savage | May 15, 2007 11:45 AM

Dan, I couldn't help but read that transcript between those two and think, "Mr. Robertson, God will see YOU now..."

Posted by Paul | May 15, 2007 12:02 PM

Hopefully it won't be as bad like when Reagan died, and there was only praise to be heard everywhere.

Now if only Robertson will follow suit.

Posted by Jessika | May 15, 2007 12:09 PM

In addition to being a bigot and general fuckhead, Falwell also bilked his OWN CONGREGATION out of thousands of dollars. As the Brits say, Good Riddance to bad rubbish.

Posted by eb | May 15, 2007 12:10 PM

I'm convinced the fat bastard broke my windshield this morning. I'm driving to work, minding my own business, nobody anywhere near me in front...and out of nowhere, some big blob goes WHAM! and busts the shit out of the windshield right in front of my face. It's right about the time he kicked, too. I figure he was on his way down, and fast.

Jerry Falwell owes me a windshield.

Posted by Geni | May 15, 2007 12:22 PM

Thank you Tinky Linky!

Posted by Kate | May 15, 2007 12:27 PM

Wooooooooo!!! If it's the end times and he was just raptured up to heaven with White Jesus, I can't wait 'til all the other bastards get up there with him.

Posted by christopher | May 15, 2007 12:45 PM

When Regan died, I shrugged. Same with Nixon.

When I heard Falwell had died on the radio in my car this morning I let out a cheer loud enough that people in the car next to me at a stop light looked over at me. I just grinned at them stupidly.

I'm sure this makes me a bad person somehow. Yet the grin is still plastered to my face hours later. I'm glad the corpulent fucker is dead.

If I'm ever in Virginia, I'd happily visit his cemetery just for the chance to dance on his grave.

Jerry: Good riddance, you hateful turd.

Posted by SDA in SEA | May 15, 2007 12:52 PM

Obviously he didn't worry too much about the sin of gluttony.

Posted by expatjourno | May 15, 2007 1:39 PM

I got so happy when I heard about it that I couldn't keep my mind on my work. I'll gladly stay late to make up the loss in productivity. If I believed in God, I'd stop at the church, light a candle, and offer a prayer of thanks. I never really liked Virginia, but I wouldn't mind a road trip to piss on his grave.

Posted by Rob | May 15, 2007 3:43 PM
Posted by David | May 15, 2007 7:38 PM

Jesus allegedly said that it is as unlikely for a rich to go to heavens as it is for a camel to go through a pin-hole.
It's in these moments I wish he existed.

Posted by Mokawi | May 15, 2007 11:42 PM

As a Canadian citizen, I'm tempted to say "Congratutlations, neighbours, on the demise of the viper in your cellar", but I should park my smugness because we do have some disgusting vermin on this side of the border as well. Anyway, let me read into the record that the world at large is a better place for the departure of one flaming hate-monger who wasn't just a blight on the North American continent, he was an insult to all mammals.

Posted by Stef | May 16, 2007 4:02 AM

Untimely? More like long overdue. Now if only God would arrange to have Phelps flattened by a freight train or something.

Posted by Leigh | May 16, 2007 9:19 AM

I am from Lynchburg, and I didn't agree with Jerry Falwell on many things, though I would never...EVER say such things as you people have.

I also don't think it's right for you people to bash our city if you have never been here. There was never anything to do here in lynchburg, no shops, anything. Jerry helped build this town, point blank.

He didn't say he hated gays, he hated their sins. You people are morbid and disgusting saying you would "spit" on his grave, burn in hell, etc. That man had a family, and they were all wonderful people.

It disguts me to see how this world is going to shits, because of you people not agreeing with one man. ONE MAN. If you dont like what he said or as i did, and let it go.

It fascinates me how full of hate some people can be. I have gay friends, whom i adore dearly. I don't believe in what they are doing though.

You people make me ill....I honestly feel sorry for you all.

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