JERRY FALWELL, Agent Of Intolerance*, Is Dead

fallwelltinky.jpg The Rev. Jerry Falwell, who founded the Moral Majority and built the religious right into a political force, died Tuesday shortly after being found unconscious in his office at Liberty University, a school executive said. He was 73.Ron Godwin, the university’s executive vice president, said Falwell, 73, was found unresponsive around 10:45 a.m. and taken to Lynchburg General Hospital. “CPR efforts were unsuccessful,” he said.

Godwin said he was not sure what caused the collapse, but he said Falwell “has a history of heart challenges.”

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WIKIPEDIA: Falwell was a controversial subject for his theological, political and social beliefs. After the
September 11, 2001, attacks Falwell said on the 700 Club, “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.'” (a sentiment with which Pat Robertson concurred). [18] After heavy criticism, Falwell apologized. [19]. As for homosexuality, Falwell remarked, “AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals.”

During the Civil Rights Movement Falwell was a supporter of racial segregation. He said this about Martin Luther King, “I do question the sincerity of people like the Reverend Martin Luther King…” National Liberty Journal suggested that a Teletubbies character, Tinky Winky, could be a hidden homosexual symbol, because the character was purple (which the article claimed was a color symbolic of homosexuality), had an inverted triangle on his head and carried a handbag. Falwell often attributed political affiliation to the divine, claiming that God “is a Republican[14] and Jesus “was the First American.” [via WIKIPEDIA]

*As per John McCain’s Description, February 28th, 2000

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