All's Well That Ends Well

15 May 2007

Jerry Falwell was found unconscious in his office at Liberty University today. CPR efforts were unsuccessful, and Mr. Falwell is no more. The cause of death has not yet been declared.

In his honor, here are a few quotes.

On Separation of Church and State: “The idea that religion and politics don't mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country”
Sermon (4 July 1976)

On Public Schools: "I hope I live to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we won't have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will be!"
America Can Be Saved, 1979 pp. 52-53

On the 9/11 Attacks: "...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 try to secularize America...I point the thing in their face and say you helped this happen."

In the end, Barry Goldwater said it best:
“I think every good Christian ought to kick Falwell right in the ass.”

Update #1: John McCain and Mitt Romney have released statements reacting to Falwell's death.

"An American who built and led a movement based on strong principles and strong faith has left us. He will be greatly missed, but the legacy of his important work will continue through his many ministries where he put his faith into action. Ann and I have had the honor to talk and meet with Reverend Falwell and get to know him as a man of deep personal faith and commitment to helping those around him. He will be forever remembered."
-Mitt Romney

"I join the students, faculty, and staff of Liberty University and Americans of all faiths in mourning the loss of Reverend Jerry Falwell. Dr. Falwell was a man of distinguished accomplishment who devoted his life to serving his faith and country.Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Falwell's family at this difficult time."
-John McCain

Update #2: Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church (yes, the people) has announced that the organization will be protesting Falwell's funeral. According to their website: "There is little doubt that Falwell split Hell wide open the instant he died."

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