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Falwell's Fall from Grace
September 19, 2001
by Mel Dugosh

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In a desperate act to save dwindling contributions and to bolster ever waning support, right wing spokesperson the Rev. Jerry Falwell has issued the third in a series of apologies for horrendous comments he made last Thursday on Pat Robertson's 700 Club.

During a televised broadcast Falwell said "What we saw on Tuesday, as terrible as it is, could be minuscule if, in fact God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve." he continued that "abortionist 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 abortionist, 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 have helped this happen."

Early last Friday morning, after the beginnings of a public outcry, Falwell issued his first version of what he claimed was an apology, but was in fact, a restatement defending his original comments claiming that merely they "were taken out of context." Later the same day Falwell and his family attended the memorial service at the National Cathedral for the Day of Prayer and Remembrance, as a special guest of President Bush, where Falwell claims to have asked God for His comfort, protection and wisdom.

This past Monday as the public support for Falwell continued to diminish, Falwell issued a second statement claiming that his divisive comments were merely "ill timed." and continued, "My mistake on the 700 Club was doing this at the time I did it, on television, where a secular media and audience were also listening." Falwell stubbornly and adamantly continued defending his statements claiming, " I do believe God's protection of us as individuals and as a nation is dependent upon our obedience to His laws."

Was Falwell trying to avoid the secular media and public audience when in 1994, during Old Time Gospel Hour telecasts, he showed excerpts from a video called The Clinton Chronicles and Circle of Power, accusing former President Clinton of misdeeds ranging from adultery to homicide cover-ups, and encouraged viewers to purchase the video to raise money to support his extreme right-wing conservative political agenda?

Was Falwell also trying to avoid the secular media when he published and distributed slanderous and unsubstantiated literature for the Coalition of Politically Active Christians, produced and marketed a newer revised video edition called The Clinton Chronicles (claiming to have proof that "drug running, bribery, extortion, murder, cocaine abuse, obstruction of justice, and using taxpayer funds" were the means that were used "to support Clinton's voracious sexual appetite!") and eventually influenced a Republican controlled House and Senate witch hunt led by Kenneth Starr that wasted more than fifty million taxpayer dollars that should have, perhaps, gone to national defense?

On Tuesday Falwell issued this statement on his website which now in part states "I do not know if the horrific events of September 11 are the judgment of God, but if they are, that judgment is on all of America - including me and all fellow sinners - and not on any particular group."

Meanwhile Jerry Falwell continues to serve as chancellor of Liberty University, in Lynchburg VA, and as senior pastor of the Thomas Road Baptist Church and remains dedicated to his zealous commitment of recruiting pastors and educators that are required to attend university classes with titles such as, "How to double your church's tithes and offerings."

After three attempts at apology, Falwell is currently taking on the appearence of humility and contrition for the benefit of the secular media and to regain the support of his financial backers. Sources close to him however, say Falwell is most bitter that Pat Robertson has escaped the deluge.