Jerry Falwell was the Baptist minister who founded the Thomas Road Bible Church in Lynchburg, Virginia (1956) and gained national prominence through television and radio on the Old Time Gospel Hour. In the late 1970s he became active in politics, founding and leading the Moral Majority, a lobbying group made up of conservative Christians. Falwell also founded Liberty University (originally Lynchburg Baptist College) and headed a variety of educational organizations that include a theological seminary and a correspondence school. Outspoken and charismatic, his sometimes controversial opinions often made national headlines. In 2001 he was vilified in the press for blaming terrorist attacks in the United States on pagans, abortionists, feminists, gays, lesbians, the American Civil Liberties Union and People For The American Way, saying “I point the finger in their face and say ‘you helped this happen.'” He later amended his statements, saying that secularization had “created an environment which possibly has caused God to lift the veil of protection which has allowed no one to attack America on our soil since 1812.” Falwell died in 2007 after being found unconscious in his office at Liberty University. Falwell famously sued Hustler publisher Larry Flynt over a 1983 cartoon. The incident was depicted in the 1996 feature film The People v. Larry Flynt.
16 May, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – In Lynchburg, Virginia today they’re mourning the loss of Jerry Falwell, the T-V evangelist who founded the Moral Majority and became the face of the religious right in the 1980s.
Not so in San Francisco.
A so-called “anti-memorial” is being planned in San Francisco’s Castro district to mark the Falwell’s death. Gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders will speak out about Falwell past efforts to demonize the gay community.
Falwell even created a furor in 1999 when one of his publications suggested that that the purse-carrying “Teletubbies” character Tinky Winky was gay.
People attending today’s event are asked to bring signs calling for religious acceptance of gays, and Tinky Winky dolls.
Have some fun with these parting gifts from Jerry. Just select the size that is right for that irritating co-worker who is now on break, and find the highlighters. Try to stay within the lines! 🙂
Wet desired body part, and hold to screen, 20 seconds, for lasting effect!
“EVERYBODY IS UP TO SOMETHING” sm