Wednesday, August 10, 2005

More Nonsense Spewed from the Rev. Falwell

"In my youth," Father William replied to his son,
"I feared it might injure the brain;
But now that I'm perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again."

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898), writer and mathematician

The Rev. Jerry Falwell has done it again. Is there anyway to make this horse’s ass shut his flytrap of a mouth? He sent out a note urging his flock to "vote Christian in 2008" in a letter raising money for his ministries.

According to the Associate Press article, Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League's national director, said Falwell's statements are "directly at odds with the American ideal and should be rejected."

"Understanding the danger of combining religion and politics, our founding fathers wisely created a political system based on individual merit and religious inclusiveness," Foxman said.

Falwell told The News & Advance of Lynchburg Tuesday that his statement was misunderstood

That is what they all say; maybe he could come up with something original – and believable.

"What I was saying was for conservative Christian voters to vote their values, which are pro-life and pro-family," Falwell said. "I had no intention of being anti-Jewish at all."

No, it was just being anti-thoughtful and if he were to follow Christian scripture, anti-forgiving.


Dignan said...

I don't disagree with you that Falwell is a kook but he isn't the only one. I thought you might like this post I wrote about it.

Bill said...

Connecting and confusing the line between the religious and the political is Falwell's stock and trade.

I expect no less from a man that names a religious institution "Liberty University."

In almost every culture there are shaman's and rulers, Falwell is arrogant enough to think that through influence he can play both roles.

I think Mr. Falwell needs to step back from politics and leave to Caesar what is Caesar's.

The Misanthrope said...

Bill, well said.

Dignan, you site is not loading for me. I have tried it at home and at work. The left side shows up and the text for a quick second, then disappears.

Jack's Shack said...

Jerry is such a nice guy. I wonder if he is interested in living on Corsica.

Bill said...

Falwell Napoleonic ? I don't think so.

However I think most of us would vote for his extradition to St. Helena. :-)

The Misanthrope said...

How about sending him to Antarctica where there are no media outlets.

Anonymous said...

I know this is ad homenim but don't you think that all that hot air might melt the polar ice cap?

The Misanthrope said...

Good point, it could do more damage than Bush's environmental policy.

Rags said...

What environmental policy?

Attila said...

You might be interested to know that those of us on the other side of the political spectrum from you don't pay much attention to Mr. Falwell.

Not to defend him, but he obviously meant to urge voting for Christians who shared his political outlook, not for all Christians, like the left-wing Christians you find in many places. Believe me, if Jimmy Carter were running again, Falwell would not include him in the plea to "vote Christian."

Anyway, why is what Falwell said so different from (a) Al Sharpton urging blacks to vote for black candidates; (b) women's groups urging women to vote for female candidates; or even (c) Jews falling all over themselves to support Gore and Lieberman in 2000? People vote for others who share their outlook, and, much as I dislike this, many people see race, sex, religion, etc., as stand-ins for their outlook.

The Misanthrope said...

Attila, you are right. B2 and I were talking about that this morning. Liberman is exactly who we were discussing, but Carter is another one. I left it because I dislike Falwell for all his other comments, I believe one of those cartoon characters he denounced.

Janet said...

I can't decide which is worse, the fact that he's still saying anything, or that there are still people who are listening.:(

Rags said...

Attila, I think the difference is that most other groups have not had much of a voice in politics over the years. Name a Jewish, African-American or Female President or V.P. Heck, you can count representation in the Senate on one hand.

Meantime, haven't we had about 43 Christian presidents in a row?