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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Falwell: The Hate Monger is Dead

Those who seek consolation in existing churches often
pay for their
peace of mind with a tacit agreement to ignore
a great deal of what
is known about the way the world works.


Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 1990

One of the world's great hate mongers is dead. Jerry Falwell of the ill named Moral Majority and Liberty University has passed away at age 73. Falwell is one the most polarizing and hateful figures ever to use the pulpit as a political salesman for the his so called church and university as well as "God-Fearing White Fascists" every where. Falwell would talk of God on one hand and spew the hatred against everyone who believed otherwise. He was one of the leading homophobic preachers and constantly recited rhetoric such as "911 attacks on this country were the result of homosexuals, abortionists, and liberals"- just to name a few.

He once said that there was Jewish Guy walking around the earth who was the "Antichrist." Falwell was a practitioner of Dominion Theology. He believed that white folks should dominate the earth and rape it environmentally because God would renew it when he returned. He did not believe in the separation of church and state and with his legions of Christian Fascists successfully influenced this government down the path of destruction which we are now on. He was a war monger who wanted to blow up the Middle East and wanted Israel to control it because he believed some ludicrous interpretation of scripture that when all the Jews were back in Israel Christ would return.

Under his reconstructionist view of theology he believed that Christians should control every institution and everything in the world through whatever force was necessary including war, political conquest and the use of the courts to remove the separation of church and state from the books. Falwell also believed that we could survive a nuclear war, and that God would save people like him because he thought he would then rule the earth.

Falwell's beliefs included that everything in the Bible is true. That salvation is obtained totally through faith and not through performing good works and living a moral life. This is especially true in Falwell's ministry because there was scant mention of the poor or those in need.

Although Falwell preached much of this nonsense he was basically given a free pass by the media who were afraid of the religious right and people like Falwell. Of course, Falwell was also one of the anti evolutionists who tried to get creationism in the school as science. Despite all the damage Falwell did to society and the people of this country, he is being honored in some circles which tells you what a sick society we have become.

Falwell is gone but there is another Right Wing Preacher somewhere ready to take up his cause and spew the hate once more in the name of their God.