Regarding The Comments Of Jerry Falwell And Pat Robertson

Our country is struggling to cope with the monumental horror of Sept. 11,

2001. We are grieving those lost and consoling those who have lost much.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans were among those killed and

among those working to save lives. Like all Americans, we are coming

together in the spirit of community to face the unimaginable challenges

ahead. Sadly, one of those challenges includes confronting the dark

prejudices that continue to haunt our daily existence.

The words of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson on September 13th were stunning. They

were beyond contempt. They were irresponsible at best, and a deliberate

attempt to manipulate the nation’s anger at worst. Falwell’s subsequent

attempt at apology fell woefully short.

The words of these men are similar to the acts of equally contemptible

retribution that are being waged against people of Middle Eastern origin or

appearance in some areas of our country. This is not a time for

scapegoating, it is a time for unity. To blame blindly, based on prejudice

and rage, represents an ominous part of our world and we must work to

overcome it wherever we find it. It should be soundly condemned by all of us

as we struggle to focus our attentions on healing the pain of our nation.

Partial transcript of comments from the

Thursday, September 13, 2001 edition of the “700 Club”

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.


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.


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