Hatred: Business as
Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson refuse to miss the opportunity to preach hatred and bigotry
How can one have anything but contempt for the words of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, words which came on the heels of the barbarous of September 11, 2001?
Contempt that they can point a finger of blame at those who do not believe as they do instead of those who actually committed these heinous acts?
"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 have tried to secularize America - I point the finger in their face and say "you helped this happen." --- Jerry Falwell
Contempt that they can attempt to stir up a "holy war," driving people further apart, after an incident that very much points out the dangers of religious fanaticism are no different than the dangers of any other fanaticism?
Contempt that they would work towards creating an atmosphere where hatred is acceptable, feeding a frenzy of people looking for somebody to blame; a target for their hurt and anger?
Contempt that they would create more hatred in the name of G/d when responding to the most terrifying example of where that type of misguided zealotry can lead?
Falwell apologized, but it was too little, too late, and one too many times Falwell has spoken his mind, then realized that he has gone too far.
Let's hope that all Falwell and Robertson accomplished with their repulsive thoughts was to let all those who are kind and decent see these men for what they are --- and what they are not.
Partial transcript of comments from the
Thursday, September 13, 2001 edition of the "700 Club" Provided by both the PFAW and HRC.
JERRY FALWELL: And I agree totally with you that the Lord has protected us so wonderfully these 225 years. And since 1812, this is the first time that we've been attacked on our soil and by far the worst results. And I fear, as Donald Rumsfeld, the Secretary of Defense, said yesterday, that this is only the beginning. And with biological warfare available to these monsters - the Husseins, the Bin Ladens, the Arafats - what we saw on Tuesday, as terrible as it is, could be miniscule if, in fact - if, in fact - God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve.
PAT ROBERTSON: Jerry, that's my feeling. I think we've just seen the antechamber to terror. We haven't even begun to see what they can do to the major population.
JERRY FALWELL: The ACLU's got to take a lot of blame for this.
PAT ROBERTSON: Well, yes.
JERRY FALWELL: And, I know that I'll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, 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 have tried to secularize America - I point the finger in their face and say "you helped this happen."
PAT ROBERTSON: Well, I totally concur, and the problem is we have adopted that agenda at the highest levels of our government. And so we're responsible as a free society for what the top people do. And, the top people, of course, is the court system.
JERRY FALWELL: Pat, did you notice yesterday the ACLU, and all the Christ-haters, People For the American Way, NOW, etc. were totally disregarded by the Democrats and the Republicans in both houses of Congress as they went out on the steps and called out on to God in prayer and sang "God Bless America" and said "let the ACLU be hanged"? In other words, when the nation is on its knees, the only normal and natural and spiritual thing to do is what we ought to be doing all the time - calling upon God.
PAT ROBERTSON: Amen
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