Jerry Falwell Sr.
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“” The facilities should be separate. When God has drawn a line of distinction, we should not attempt to cross that line… The true Negro does not want integration… He realizes his potential is far better among his own race.
|—Falwell from the 1958 sermon "Segregation or Integration: Which?", wherein he cited Genesis 9:18-27|
“”If you had given him an enema he could have been cremated in a matchbox.
|—Christopher Hitchens|Scary Jerry Lamon Falwell, Sr. (1933–2007) was an obnoxious christofascist segregationist demagogue who spewed narrow-minded hatred at every chance, while presenting himself as a pretender to the homilies of one Jesus Christ (of course, Jesus is the Son of God, and God regularly kills or damns people who make him angry by using their freedoms and daring to not believe in a bunch of contradictory, questionably translated 2,000- to 5,000-year-old desert scribblings supporting a cult religion made up by a bunch of heatstroke-ravaged barbarians in Iron Age Palestine, so Jesus might have agreed with him).
As the creator of the Moral Majority, he seemed to take inspiration from Billy James Hargis's "Christian Crusade". The general impression among people who are not his enthusiastic supporters is that he was a worthless prick; however, it must be mentioned that he was not involved in the sex or financial scandals that was the downfall of many of his contemporaries.
Gays did 9-11
“” 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."
|—Remarks to Pat Robertson two days after the WTC attacks, 'The 700 Club|
Falwell got his first big win in 1981, after the city of Washington, D.C., briefly decriminalized gay sex. Falwell successfully lobbied Congress to overturn the decision, warning that D.C. would become “the gay capital of the world.”
He blamed homosexuals, neopagans, and feminists for the September 11 attacks — and not, say, Christians stirring up a hornet's nest in Muslim countries by maintaining a military presence in the Middle East and propping up oppressive dictators. He is also known for claiming that children's TV character Tinky Winky was a homosexual (for being purple, wearing a tutu, and carrying a handbag)..
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Falwell had a famous legal battle with Larry Flynt that went all the way to the Supreme Court, a fight that focused on a spoof liquor ad from Flynt's Hustler magazine in which Falwell talked about his first time having sex...with his mother...in an outhouse. The Supreme Court delivered a unanimous ruling in favor of Hustler and thus established a precedent that protects the right to parody public figures. Falwell and Flynt later became friends when they discovered that they shared more in common than they realized, due to their similar Appalachian roots; Flynt even wrote a touching column about Falwell after he passed away.
Oogie Boogie, is that you?
was struck down died on May 15, 2007, proving that even God was tired of Jerry's claptrap.[note 1] After his death, Christopher Hitchens hitchslapped him to eternity on Anderson Cooper's CNN program. The world moved on. De mortui nil nisi bene...
Liberty University was chaired by his son Jerry Falwell Jr. until Junior resigned in disgrace in August 2020. Junior is rather svelte to the point of being unrecognizable compared to his bloated, bloviated, (thankfully) deceased dad. Looks like the kid's voraciousness is presently limited to money and God (in that order).
- That, or God liked him so much that He couldn't wait until the rapture to get him. Or God
hatesloves all the other people because He doesn't want Falwell to preach to thembe a giant pain in their asses anymore.
- Agent of Intolerance: Jerry Falwell is best known for crusading against abortion and homosexuality. But early on, he skillfully used race to galvanize the Christian right. by Max Blumenthal (May 16, 2007) The Nation.
- The Book of Jerry Falwell: Fundamentalist Language and Politics by Susan Friend Harding (2001) Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691089584.
- 'Gay Tinky Winky bad for children' at BBC news
- Anderson Cooper: Jerry Falwell's Legacy (Transcript, YouTube video) May 15, 2007.
Also note Hitchens' appearance on Hannity & Colmes following Falwell's demise (Transcript, YouTube video) where he famously quipped: "If you gave Falwell an enema he could be buried in a matchbox."
- Jerry Falwell: Associated organizations
- Pulliam Bailey, Sarah, "Jerry Falwell Jr.: ‘If more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those’ Islamist terrorists", The Washington Post 12.5.15. ONWARD, CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS!