Jerry Falwell died today. May he rest in peace. I hope his Savior shows him the mercy he did not extend to others when he was alive.
Jerry Falwell called Nobel Peace Prize winner and Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu a phony "as far as representing the black people of South Africa."
Falwell called the gay-oriented Metropolitan Community Churches "brute beasts" and "a vile and Satanic system" that will "one day be utterly annihilated and there will be a celebration in heaven."
"The Beast (The Antichrist) when comes he must be, of necessity, a Jewish male"
“Billy Graham is the chief servant of Satan in America.”
“Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions.”
After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Falwell said , "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.'"
"AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals." (Falwell's ghostwriter, Mel White, said Falwell remarked about gay protesters, "Thank God for these gay demonstrators. If I didn't have them, I'd have to invent them. They give me all the publicity I need.")
“AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals.”
“Homosexuality is Satan's diabolical attack upon the family that will not only have a corrupting influence upon our next generation, but it will also bring down the wrath of God upon America.”
“I think the Moslem faith teaches hate.”
"I do question the sincerity of people like the Reverend Martin Luther King..."
"The idea that religion and politics don't mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country."
“If you're not a born-again Christian, you're a failure as a human being.”
I have friends who are pagans, liberals, feminists, contributors to the ACLU, gays, Moslems, Hindus, black, white, Catholics, atheists, Democrats, Republicans, radicals, conservatives, free thinkers, free lovers, even a slew of born-again Christians. They are good people who, in their own unique ways, are making positive contributions to our world. I don’t know if Falwell truly believed all those things he has said over the years, or if he was just another crassly cynical public figure manipulating the media for his own gain. I do know he was wrong. I hope he finds peace, but I fear he might be surprised at his reception if he ever does make it to those Pearly Gates.