Monday, May 21, 2007

Falwell: In His Own Words

On Sept. 11: "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.' "

On AIDS: "AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals."

On homosexuality: "I believe that all of us are born heterosexual, physically created with a plumbing that's heterosexual, and created with the instincts and desires that are basically, fundamentally, heterosexual. But I believe that we have the ability to experiment in every direction. Experimentation can lead to habitual practice, and then to a lifestyle. But I don't believe anyone begins a homosexual."

On Martin Luther King Jr.:
"I must personally say that I do question the sincerity and nonviolent intentions of some civil rights leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mr. James Farmer, and others, who are known to have left-wing associations."

On Martin Luther King Jr., four decades later: "You know, I supported Martin Luther King Jr., who did practice civil disobedience."

On public education:
"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."

On the separation of church and state: "There is no separation of church and state."

On feminists: "I listen to feminists and all these radical gals. ... These women just need a man in the house. That's all they need. Most of the feminists need a man to tell them what time of day it is and to lead them home. And they blew it and they're mad at all men. Feminists hate men. They're sexist. They hate men; that's their problem."

On global warming:
"I can tell you, our grandchildren will laugh at those who predicted global warming. We'll be in global cooling by then, if the Lord hasn't returned. I don't believe a moment of it. The whole thing is created to destroy America's free enterprise system and our economic stability."

On Bishop Desmond Tutu: "I think he's a phony, period, as far as representing the black people of South Africa."

On Islam: "I think Mohammed was a terrorist. I read enough of the history of his life, written by both Muslims and non-Muslims, that he was a violent man, a man of war."


Ed Yong said...

"But I don't believe anyone begins a homosexual."

It's interesting how often the word 'believe' is used in this sort of nonsensical rhetoric. Because there's always the fall-back of "Well, that's my belief, and you can't tell me otherwise". Why listen to reason and fact, when you can shield yourself with rumour, conjecture and superstition?

decrepitoldfool said...

Muhammad was not a terrorist; he was a warrior-king who conducted something like nine rather brutal military campaigns, returning home to his harem each time. Of all the bad things you could say about him (and there are plenty) the modern definition of terrorist amounts to little more than an unsubstantiated pejorative for political effect.

But far be it from the founder of a "university" to have actually studied anything about other religions.

reflect06 said...

*shakes head* Falwell was something of a frightening loony, imo. my God, listen to what he was saying! my condolences to his family and friends. but i am glad, in many ways, that he is no longer around to spew such oinions and be a player in US politics and cultural dialogue.