As you no doubt have heard, Jerry Falwell died yesterday.
I come to bury the idiot, not to praise him.
Throughout his life, he had an unblemished record for being on the absolute wrong side of any given issue. Any time he was given half a chance, he would preach that Jesus wants you to "love they neighbor"--- At least as long as it was the neighbor in the next pew.
“If Chief Justice Warren and his associates had known God's word and had desired to do the Lord's will, I am quite confident that the 1954 decision [Brown v. Board of Education] would never have been made…. The facilities should be separate. When God has drawn a line of distinction, we should not attempt to cross that line.”
That stance should hardly have been a surprise. We're still talking about the man who regularly featured Lester Maddox and George Wallace on his "Old-Time Gospel Hour" to spread their "Christian message. He's the same guy that constantly referred to the Civil Rights Movement as the "Civil Wrongs Movement" (Clever one he was, eh?).
In his 1965 sermon called "Ministers and Marches", he admonished Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and James Farmer for supporting communism (Which, in that day as now, was fatass white guy-speak for equal rights) before adding "Preachers are not called to be politicians, but to be soul winners."
Of course, that was a few years before he said "In recent months, God has been calling me to do more than just preach--He has called me to take action. I have a divine mandate to go right into the halls of Congress and fight for laws that will save America."
In other words--- Ministers getting involved in the fight against subjugation of black people = BAD. Ministers helping rightwing politicians get elected = GOOD. Got it.
Lest anyone think he left racism behind once the Civil Rights Act became law, he travelled to South Africa to support the Botha (Apartheid) regime, and came back encouraging white Christians to purchase Krugerrands to bolster South Africa's failing government, called Nelson Mandela "pro-terrorist", and decided that he, a white American, knew what was in the interest of black South Africans better than the black South Africans did by declaring Archbishop Desmond Tutu a "phony" who "misrepresented the black people of South Africa".
Because, you know, a supporter of Lester Maddox and George Wallace has the best interests of black people at heart.
After his contributions dropped off by $500,000 in the two weeks following the South Africa debacle, he decided to steer clear of race politics for a new obsession---
"The sexual preference of Tinky Winky..." Oh hell, I can't even type with a straight face any diatribe that starts with "The sexual preference of Tinky Winky". And certainly, everyone remembers Falwell and the Beavis to his Butthead, Pat Robertson, lamenting that 9/11 was the fault of pagans, abortionists, feminists, gays and lesbians, the ACLU, People For the American Way, and secularists.
One thing that he said in the middle of that diatribe was quite accurate, but not for the reason he thought it was.
"God will not be mocked".
So, who was it that really mocked God? The black Americans that demanded equal rights under law and the right to vote? Black South Africans that asked for the right to not be colonized into minority rule? The gays who walk among us every day of their lives as God made them?
Or some buffoon that never found a brand of bigotry he couldn't get behind?
Rest in peace, Falwell. I hope when you reach your final destination (I wouldn't lay odds on you going to heaven), that you're treated just as you demanded the powerless here on Earth be treated.
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