Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Is "Evil" a Disease?

Poor Jerry Falwell. He’s not feeling well. While he recovers, let’s take a moment to reflect on his greatest hits.

  • On 9/11:
    "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.'"

  • On apartheid:
    Falwell condemned Nelson Mandela as a "communist" and praised the apartheid regime in South Africa as a "bulwark for Christian civilization."

  • On children's television:
    Tinky Winky Comes Out of the Closet, he says: "He is purple - the gay-pride colour; and his antenna is shaped like a triangle - the gay-pride symbol." He said the "subtle depictions" of gay sexuality are intentional and later issued a statement that read: "As a Christian I feel that role modeling the gay lifestyle is damaging to the moral lives of children."

  • On the war on terror:
    "But you've got to kill the terrorists before the killing stops. And I'm for the president to chase them all over the world. If it takes 10 years, blow them all away in the name of the Lord."

  • On AIDS:
    "AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals."

  • On homosexuality:
    Q: And in every country, in every civilization, and in every religion, you'll also find homosexuality.
    Falwell: No question about it. And you'll also find bank robbers, drug addicts, and alcoholics.

  • On privacy for homosexuals:
    "I don't want anybody in my bedroom any more than you want anybody in your bedroom. But I think this privacy issue goes too far. Is this right to privacy going to legalize prostitution, or bestiality, or the use of cocaine or heroin as long as you do it in your bedroom? Privacy can be taken to a great extent. ... [I]f we're going to do that, then why don't we just legalize bestiality since it's done in the privacy of one's home, perhaps?"

  • On Bill Clinton:
    ...protected an Arkansas-based cocaine-smuggling operation when he was governor of that state. The drug smuggling and Vincent Foster allegations were prominently featured in "The Clinton Chronicles," a video produced by Citizens for Honest Government and co-financed, publicized and distributed by Falwell. The notorious 1994 video also insinuated that Clinton's political adversaries often met untimely and suspicious deaths.

  • On gay churches:
    In 1985, Falwell publicly denied having verbally attacked a gay community church until a videotape showed Falwell calling members of the church "brute beasts" and "part of a vile and satanic system [that] will one day be utterly annihilated," the Associated Press reported on September 25, 1985. When Falwell was ordered to pay $5,000 to a former pastor of the church, he responded: "This situation is only one more example of harassment by a militant homosexual group."
  • So by all means, pray for Rev. Falwell. I'll leave it to you to decide the content of those prayers.

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