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I am usually saddened to hear of death, but I sure did not mourn Jerry Falwell’s passing.
I thought that Christiane Amanpour was very restrained when she interviewed the mega-bigot on “God’s Christian Warriors.”
Still, it was no suprise to come across a lengthy defense of Jerry’s unforgivable remarks about 9/11 on a Southern Baptist’s website.
During an interview with Pat Robertson, Falwell pointed out that there have been no foreign attacks on mainland America since 1812. Jerry, as ignorant of geography as he was of sociology, attributed this omission to protection by God. There is no God, so only geographic isolation has protected the US from the hatred that its foreign policies have evoked in the Middle East.
In his egregious remarks, Falwell said:
“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.’”
Falwell’s remarks were ignorant and in the worst of taste. He was disrespectful of those who died in the attacks as part of his ongoing attempt to bring the nation under the control of fundamentalist bigots. He was either ignorant of the actual motivations behind the attacks, deliberately ignored those facts, or he welcomed the opportunity to promote his narrow political agenda.
The remainder of the post is devoted to standard right-wing finger pointing and moralizing and is not worth describing.
I have read quite a few comments about the programs and I think that most people completely miss the point by focussing on tiny details. The point is that fundamentalism, which Amanpour took care to differentiate from moderate religious teachings, is dangerous because it is selfish, nasty, and violent.
Christian Fundamentalists cannot claim that they have not committed violent acts in their bid for political enforcement of their narrow morality. In acts of supreme irony, “Pro-Lifers” have murdered seven adults.