Jerry Falwell supported Apartheid, the white South African government’s policy of seperation of people based on their skin color or ethnicity.
He said that the Sept. 11 attacks were God’s punishment for gays, lesbians, pagans, abortionists and the ACLU’s promotion of an “alternative lifestyle.”
He was opposed to religious figures’ involvement in the civil rights movement.
He also thought that all schools should be run by churches: “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.)
He believed that AIDS is God’s punishment for homosexuality and for a society that tolerated homosexuality.
My heart goes out the the people who were close to the Rev. Jerry Falwell and who mourn his passing.
To millions of other people though, he will at best be remembered as an insensitive, intolerant and judgemental demagogue.