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Monday, May 28, 2007

The Sad, Quotable Jerry Falwell

It's bad form to speak ill of the dead.

Good thing this man's own vile words speak for themselves

by Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist (May 18 2007)

You can eulogize. You can mourn and ponder and do a lengthy retrospective, a political analysis, a sociocultural examination of a career and a legacy and a rather remarkable life. When remembering the dead, the journalistic options are legion.

But in the case of the late Reverend Jerry Falwell, the grandfather of the fundamentalist religious right and the foremost champion of the creation of a brutally homophobic, mysogynistic Christian theocracy in America {1}, perhaps it's better to let the man's most insidiously famous quotes speak for themselves {2}, and let time and karma be the judge of whether Falwell left the world a better place than when he found it. All citations here are available at {3} and elsewhere.

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

"The abortionists have got to bear some burden for [the attacks of Sept. 11] because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy forty 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'." {4}

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

"Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions".

"I listen to feminists and all these radical gals - most of them are failures. They've blown it. Some of them have been married, but they married some Casper Milquetoast who asked permission to go to the bathroom. These women just need a man in the house {5}. 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."

"When you have a godly husband, a godly wife, children who respect their parents and who are loved by their parents, who provide for those children their physical and spiritual and material needs, lovingly, you have the ideal unit". {6}

"The ACLU is to Christians what the American Nazi party is to Jews".

"I am saying pornography hurts anyone who reads it - garbage in, garbage out".

"I am such a strong admirer and supporter of George W Bush that if he suggested eliminating the income tax or doubling it, I would vote yes on first blush".

"I believe that global warming is a myth. And so, therefore, I have no conscience problems at all and I'm going to buy a Suburban next time."

"It is God's planet - and he's taking care of it. And I don't believe that anything we do will raise or lower the temperature one point."

"I truly cannot imagine men with men, women with women, doing what they were not physically created to do, without abnormal stress and misbehavior".

"It appears that America's anti-Biblical feminist movement is at last dying, thank God, and is possibly being replaced by a Christ-centered men's movement {7} which may become the foundation for a desperately needed national spiritual awakening."

"There's been a concerted effort to steal Christmas".

"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!"

"The First Amendment is not without limits".

"Someone must not be afraid to say, 'moral perversion is wrong'. If we do not act now, homosexuals will 'own' America! {8} If you and I do not speak up now, this homosexual steamroller will literally crush all decent men, women, and children who get in its way ... and our nation will pay a terrible price!"

"If he's going to be the counterfeit of Christ, [the Antichrist] has to be Jewish. The only thing we know is he must be male and Jewish."

"The argument that making contraceptives available to young people would prevent teen pregnancies is ridiculous. That's like offering a cookbook as a cure to people who are trying to lose weight."

"The whole global warming thing is created to destroy America's free enterprise system and our economic stability".

"You'll be riding along in an automobile. You'll be the driver perhaps. You're a Christian. There'll be several people in the automobile with you, maybe someone who is not a Christian. When the trumpet sounds you and the other born-again believers in that automobile will be instantly caught away - you will disappear, leaving behind only your clothes and physical things that cannot inherit eternal life. That unsaved person or persons in the automobile will suddenly be startled to find the car suddenly somewhere crashes ... Other cars on the highway driven by believers will suddenly be out of control and stark pandemonium will occur on ... every highway in the world where Christians are caught away from the drivers wheel." -- from Falwell's pamphlet "Nuclear War and the Second Coming of Christ" {9}

"God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve".

"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."

"The Bible is the inerrant ... word of the living God. It is absolutely infallible, without error in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as well as in areas such as geography, science, history, et cetera".

"The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the National Order of Witches". {10}

"God doesn't listen to Jews".

"Tinky Winky is gay".













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Bill Totten


  • Your post is a derative of Phelpism. Protesting a funeral from afar. How Sad.

    By Blogger "The Captain", at 9:12 AM, May 28, 2007  

  • Can "the captain" tell me the meaning of "Phelpism"?

    By Blogger Bill Totten, at 3:23 PM, May 28, 2007  

  • If you want to understand people like Falwell, read "The Authoritarians" by Bob Altemeyer. He's the prof. John Dean corresponded with when writing "Conservatives Without Conscience." The description fits Falwell et al to a "T." It's easy to read, very funny, and it's a free download. Don't miss it!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:56 PM, May 28, 2007  

  • This comment has been removed by the author.

    By Blogger "The Captain", at 4:31 AM, May 29, 2007  

  • Phelpism is protesting a funeral. The term comes from the Rev. Fred Phelps who goes around the country with his "protesting" ministry. Blogs such as yours protesting the life of a man who just died is a derivative of phelpism. Why not at least wait a few years? What did Falwell's grandkids every do to you? At least Phelps has the courage to do it in person. I am sure rightwing nutjobs will blog about former president carter dying. How sad!!! You are from a generation that should know better.

    By Blogger "The Captain", at 4:32 AM, May 29, 2007  

  • Hah, I notice you're using my audio clip of Jerry Falwell after 9/11. That's great, but would you mind not linking to it directly? Maybe host it on your own to save me bandwidth?

    By Blogger Joseph G., at 9:37 AM, July 23, 2008  

  • It cannot succeed as a matter of fact, that's what I suppose.

    By Anonymous posicionamiento web en buscadores, at 3:44 PM, July 18, 2011  

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