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The Selected Wit and Wisdom of Jerry Falwell

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If Chief Justice [Earl] 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 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.

– 1958 speech on the 1954 Supreme Court decision that effectively ended segregation


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mr. James Farmer, and others … are known to have left-wing associations. It is very obvious that the Communists, as they do in all parts of the world, are taking advantage of a tense situation in our land, and are exploiting every incident to bring about violence and bloodshed.

– 1965 sermon questioning the motives of the leaders of the civil rights (dubbed by Falwell the civil wrongs) movement

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The idea that religion and politics don’t mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country.

– Rev. Jerry Falwell, Sermon, July 4, 1976 ••


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!

– Rev Jerry Falwell, America Can Be Saved, 1979 pp. 52-53, from Albert J Menendez and Edd Doerr, The Great Quotations on Religious Freedom *


The public school system is damned. Let me tell you how radical I am. Christian students should be in Christian schools. If you have to sell your car, live in a smaller house, or work a night job, put your child in Christian schools. If you can’t afford it home school.

-Jerry Falwell, “Trends in Christian Higher Education,” Regent University, 9/22/93 ••••


But these things speak evil of those things, verse 10 [reading from Jude] which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Look at the Metropolitan Community Church today, the gay church, almost accepted into the World Council of Churches. Almost, the vote was against them. But they will try again and again until they get in, and the tragedy is that they would get one vote. Because they are spoken of here in Jude as being brute beasts, that is going to the baser lust of the flesh to live immorally, and so Jude describes this as apostasy. But thank God this vile and satanic system will one day be utterly annihilated and there’ll be a celebration in heaven.

– Rev Jerry Falwell, “Old Time Gospel Hour” broadcast, March 11, 1984, quoted by Rev Jerry Sloan, “Is Jerry Falwell a liar?” Freedom Writer, September, 1994 *


“The character, whose voice is obviously that of a boy, has been found carrying a red purse, and has become a favourite character among gay groups world wide. Further evidence that the creators of the series intend for Tinky Winky to be a gay role model have surfaced. He is purple – the gay-pride colour – and his antenna is shaped like a triangle – the gay-pride symbol”

– article in the National Liberty Journal in February, 1999, outing Tinky Winky of the popular children’s TV series, The Teletubbies


Grown men should not be having sex with prostitutes unless they are married to them.

– Jerry Falwell, on CNN’s Crossfire, May 17, 1997 *


If he’s going to be the counterfeit of Christ, he has to be Jewish. The only thing we know is he must be male and Jewish.

– Describing his view in 1999 that the Antichrist “must be alive somewhere today.” ••••


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.”

– Rev Jerry Falwell, blaming civil libertarians, feminists, homosexuals, and abortion rights supporters for the terrorist attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, quoted from John F Harris, “God Gave US ‘What We Deserve,’ Falwell Says,” The Washington Post (September 14, 2001) *


This is probably as bad a day as the court has had on social issues since “Roe v Wade.”

– Rev Jerry Falwell, reacting to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Texas sodomy case, “Lawrence v. Texas,” wherein the high court upheld an individual’s (or a couple’s) right to privacy … quoted from “Planned Parenthood Federal Action Report” (July, 2003) *


And we’re going to invite PETA [to “Wild Game Night”] as our special guest, P-E-T-A — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. We want you to come, we’re going to give you a top seat there, so you can sit there and suffer. This is one of my special groups, another one’s the ACLU, another is the NOW — the National Order of Witches [sic]. We’ve got — I’ve got a lot of special groups. ††


COOPER: On homosexuality, I mean, you say you don’t equate it to anything, but you do equate it to — I mean, you have in plenty of interviews equated it to, you know, immoral behavior, smoking crack and bestiality.

FALWELL: Well, it is immoral behavior, of course. No, not bestiality, not crack — taking crack. Those are different things, but homosexuality is sin.

…FALWELL: I don’t want anybody in my bedroom any more than you want anybody in your bedroom. But I think this privacy issue goes too far. Is this right to privacy going to legalize prostitution, or bestiality, or the use of cocaine or heroin as long as you do it in your bedroom? Privacy can be taken to a great extent. … [I]f we’re going to do that, then why don’t we just legalize bestiality since it’s done in the privacy of one’s home, perhaps? [MSNBC, Hardball, 6/27/03] ††


You know when I see somebody burning the flag, I’m a Baptist preacher I’m not a Mennonite, I feel it’s my obligation to whip him. In the name of the Lord, of course. I feel it’s my obligation to whip him, and if I can’t do it then I look up some of my athletes to help me. … But, as long as at 72 I can handle most of the jobs I do it myself, and I don’t think it’s un-spiritual. When I, when I, when I hear somebody talking about our military and ridiculing and saying terrible things about our President, I’m thinking you know just a little bit of that and I believe the Lord would forgive me if I popped him.

– Jerry Falwell, during a September 25, 2005, sermon to his Thomas Road Baptist Church congregation


And then I expect the nations of the world in the 21st century to move rapidly towards a one-world government. We already have the U.N. — it’s a useless bunch. But we’ve already got the U.N., and they will not be the one-world government, but they are the infrastructure, the stage on which the Antichrist will build his one-world government. ††


You know, you almost got to be a homosexual to be recognized in the entertainment industry anymore. Ellen [Degeneres], and all the rest. I love them, pray

for their souls, but they’re immoral. And the Hollywood scene — five and eight and 10 marriages — not something to be emulated. ††


The issue is simply this. The family is one man married to one woman, period. And to say, as the two candidates are saying, one, Mr. Bush is saying I’m for the Federal Marriage Amendment, we say great. Mr. Kerry says I’m against same-sex marriage, but I’m against a federal marriage amendment, that’s like saying 150 years ago, ‘I’m opposed to slavery, but if my neighbor wants to own one, that’s all right.’ You’re either going to take your stand to support the family, the 6,000-year historic family, one man married to one woman, or you’re not going to take it, and I think the American people, come November, will be greatly impressed by how these two candidates move on that issue. ††


AIDS is not just God’s punishment for homosexuals; it is God’s punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals. †††


AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals. To oppose it would be like an Israelite jumping in the Red Sea to save one of Pharaoh’s charioteers.

– Jerry Falwell ****


Billy Graham is the chief servant of Satan.

– Rev Jerry Falwell (attributed: source unknown) *


Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions.

– Jerry Falwell quote **


If you’re not a born-again Christian, you’re a failure as a human being.

– Rev Jerry Falwell (attributed: source unknown) *


Labor unions should study and read the Bible instead of asking for more money. When people get right with God, they are better workers. •••


Someone must not be afriad to say, ‘moral perversion is wrong.’ If we do not act now, homosexuals will ‘own’ America!…If you and I do not speak up now, this homosexual steamroller will leterally crush all decent men, women, and children who get in its way…and our nation will pay a terrible price!

– People for the American Way, “Hostile Climate,” 1997, p.15. ***


Thank God for these gay demonstrators. If I didn’t have them, I’d have to invent them. They give me all the publicity I need. •••


There is no separation of church and state. Modern US Supreme Courts have raped the Constitution and raped the Christian faith and raped the churches by

misinterpreting what the Founders had in mind in the First Amendment to the Constitution.

— Jerry Falwell (attributed: source unknown) *


Once, in 1980, Falwell was caught lying about an exchange between himself and President Carter at a White House breakfast. Falwell claimed he had asked the president, “Sir, why do you have homosexuals on your senior staff in the White House?” and the president had replied that he wanted to represent everyone. When audio tapes revealed that no such exchange occurred, “Falwell tried to excuse his action by characterizing what he said had been a ‘parable’ or an ‘allegory’.” He asked, in effect, that his words be read figuratively, not literally.

– from The Book of Jerry Falwell: Fundamentalist Language and Politics.


Jerry Falwell pays $5,000 to gay activist Jerry Sloan. Falwell denied saying that the gay-oriented Metropolitan Community Churches were “a vile and satanic system,” saying they would “one day be utterly annihilated and there would be a celebration in heaven.” Falwell also had offered $5,000 if Sloan produced a tape. Sloan produced a tape. Falwell later based an appeal on the notion that the Jewish judge in the case was biased.

-from Jesus is Not a Republican: The Religious Right’s War on America


“Our Founding Fathers were not all Christians,” Jerry Falwell admits, “but they were guided by biblical principles. They developed a nation predicted on Holy Writ.”

– from The Evangelical Tradition in America


In March of 1965 Jerry Falwell preached a sermon that by 1980 was no longer on his list of things to write in for. “Ministers and Marchers” chastised clergy for their involvement in civil rights at Selma, Alabama, and elsewhere. “Believing in the Bible as I do,” declared Falwell, “I would find it impossible to stop preaching the pure saving gospel of Jesus Christ, and begin doing anything else — including fighting communism or participating in civil rights reform … Preachers are not called to be politicians but to be soul winners … Nowhere are we commissioned to reform the externals. The gospel does not clean up the outside but rather regenerates the inside.”

– from The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America


I would never blame any human being except the terrorists, and if I left that impression with gays or lesbians or anyone else, I apologize.

CNN, September 14,2001


– Via Americablog, one week before his death.


Civil rights for all Americans, black, white, red, yellow, the rich, poor, young, old, gay, straight, et cetera, is not a liberal or a conservative value. It’s an American value that I would think that we pretty much all agree on.

– “The Situation with Tucker Carlson” on MSNBC (5 August 2005) ††



* – Positive Atheism’s Big List of Jerry Falwell Quotes

** – ThinkExist.Com – Jerry Falwell Quotes

*** – Matthew Shepard Online Resources

**** – Sullivan-County.Com – More Fundie Quotes

• – The Dumping Ground – More Quotes from Intolerant, Moralistic Control Freaks

•• – The Ethical Atheist

••• – WikiQuote

•••• – WSVN – TV

†- National Post

†† – Media Matters

††† – The American Taliban


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  2. I hope he didn’t waste time packing a coat for his trip. I hear it’s pretty warm where he’s headed.

  3. I decided not to give this man any more time on my webspace.
    Instead I put up a memorial to Yolanda King today.

    Peace Bro…

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  5. I’m with RD a bit on this. I actively chose not to post about this. Attention-craving, rabble-rousing provacateur bullies hate to be ignored, after all.

  6. There’s a reason why I decided to “post without comment.”

  7. *winks* I had a wee hunch that that might be the case. 🙂

  8. It was not Roe v Wade that politicized Falwell, but his opposition to civil rights, particularly when the white Christian right was denied public funding for their segregated private schools. Since the Reagan years, they’ve tried – with success – to rewrite their history to make it abortion that galvanzied the movement.

  9. Judging from this list of Wit and Wisdom Jerry Fallwell, should be remembered as a despiser of the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ because he, like all religious leaders, sought to establish his own righteousness through good works. He was destroyed for his despising and the world is a much better place for his sudden departure.

    The Holy Bible states that those that believe on the Lord Jesus Christ shall never die. He died Tuesday. Obviously he did not believe. He went straight to hell for his unbelief and despising of the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Joshu Prince
    Ordered Recovery Systems, LLC

  10. As I’ve said in other places, I won’t say anything about Jerry Falwell. But his family will grieve his passing. They have my empathy.