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ARE EXTREMIST (TEA PARTY) REPUBLICANS THE ENEMY AND TRAITORS TO AMERICA? by R. Blackbird
Extremist (Tea Party) Republicans are selfish, power hungry, hateful of the poor, disloyal to the nation and its people, dishonest, avaricious, scornful of the nation's history, the dignity of its institutio
ns, its standards of political morality, and its vision of advancement for all the people. The Republicans love war as long as they and theirs do not have to put on helmets and carry guns into the fighting. They use lies to start wars that kill hundreds of thousands of innocents and thousands of our own military service people. They love massive war-time profits, unavailable to their rich masters if war is absent.
Those Extremist Republicans hate the rest of us, which they must, in order to pass away from themselves and onto us, the financial burdens and losses their crimes, schemes and thefts cause. They are prolific, incessant, and destructive liars. They are blasphemers for they insist that their hateful and destructive deeds are the work of God. They are apostates for they gleefully attack the poor, the immigrants, the old and the sick, of whom God has commanded all of us to be mindful.
There is no reasoning with them, for all their logic is built on false premises. There is no appealing to them for honor's sake for they have lost all sense of shame and have no honor, there is no appealing to them for the nation's sake for that it what they hate the most.
Extremist (Tea Party) Republicans are the enemy.
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Jerry Falwell's Legacy
Jerry Falwell spent a career demonizing others. Upon his death, what else could he expect in return?
By Alan Wolfe (excerpt from salon.com)
Photo: AP/Stephen J. Boitano
May 15, 2007 | One never wants to speak ill of the dead, but in the case of Jerry Falwell, how can one not? Falwell will always be remembered for his "700 Club" comment in the wake of Sept. 11: "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.'" Even though Falwell later apologized, the damage had been done: A sacred moment had been used for profane purpose.
And that, really, is Falwell's legacy. To the religious life of the United States he made no significant contribution. But to the political life of the country, he made one: He founded the Moral Majority. In so doing, Falwell managed to take something holy -- one does not have to be a Christian to admire the life and teachings of Jesus Christ -- and turned it into something partisan and divisive. Falwell, the quintessential conservative Christian, was always more conservative than Christian. To the extent that history will remember him, it will be as a politician, not as a preacher.
Even Falwell's political contribution, despite the success of the Republicans during the Reagan years, left a mixed legacy behind. But the Moral Majority disbanded in 1989, prompting the inevitable thought that Falwell's ideas were neither moral nor in the majority. The movement of conservative Protestants into the base of the Republican Party was far too important a task to be entrusted to a man as oblivious to public relations as Falwell. Once the Ralph Reeds and Karl Roves took over the task of blending religion and politics, there was no room for Falwell. Longing for Washington, he had to settle for Lynchburg, Va.
But then there was cable television, the perfect medium for someone as shallow as this man. Falwell appeared so many times on cable news that one tended to forget how little influence he actually wielded. Had it not been for cable television, Falwell would have been forgotten long ago (and I would not be writing about his legacy). He was perfect for the world created by Fox: extremist, polarizing, Manichaean. (The Manichees, a Persian sect that for a time attracted the great Saint Augustine, adhered to a black-and-white reality in which evil was always in an endless struggle with the good.) Five minutes of hate followed by a commercial break: It is not a format fit for all, but for Falwell, it fit like a glove.
Conservative Christianity has been trying to recover from Falwell for the past two decades. Just as his political views were too buffoonish to make the Moral Majority a reality, his religious sensibilities were too shallow to spread evangelical Protestantism. Evangelicalism grew in the exurban megachurches, and the megachurches, implicitly and occasionally explicitly, rejected Falwell's approach to the faith. Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, Bill Hybels -- these inclusive preachers inherited the mantle of Billy Graham, not Falwell and his great rival Pat Robertson. With the maturation of American evangelicalism has come an interest in social justice, environmentalism and peace. The people who represent evangelical Protestantism's future want little or nothing to do with injustice, pollution and war.
Of course America's megachurches offer a thin theology equivalent to twelve-step theology. But Falwell's contribution to American religion was even less than that. Falwell's university -- Liberty University -- never achieved anything resembling serious academic status, although it did produce a decent enough basketball team. Falwell's church, Thomas Road Baptist Church, with its Scopes-trial era insistence on hell and damnation, was not what American Christians wanted to hear. Falwell's 1980 book, "Listen, America," is an embarrassing string of clichés. "Sin is a transgression of God's law and God's law is unalterable," Falwell wrote. "To sin is to voluntarily disobey God and His divine laws." But it was not the sinfulness of human beings that preoccupied Falwell; it was the sinfulness of the country in which they lived: "Sin brings reproach upon a people. This is the reason we are in a nosedive as a nation." Less than 50 years after the defeat of Nazi Germany, Falwell could write of America that "we have become one of the most blatantly sinful nations of all time." Falwell's theology, such as it was, never made clear how America could be both the promised land and Gomorrah at the same time.
Instead of pondering Jerry Falwell's legacy, we would be better off asking how this man ever became a public figure in the first place. America has had more than its share of religiously inspired demagogues -- Dr. Fred Swartz, Billy James Hargis, Carl McIntyre come to mind -- but they are forgotten figures, marginal even to the times in which lived. One would like to believe that the United States has become a bigger and better country since the days when men like them preached about captive nations and denounced the pernicious influence of rock 'n' roll. But then there is Jerry Falwell. In death, as he did in life, he reminds us that demagoguery never dies; it just changes its form. Jerry Falwell expressed great hate for a lot of his fellow Americans. It is no wonder that so many of them will greet his death with something less than love.
Newsflash: Falwell Believes in a Jack-in-the-Box God!!!
I had a Jack-in-the-box when I was a kid. It played a perky tune and then -wham!-- out popped a hideous puppet with an evil grin. I always expected Jack to yell, "Gotcha!" Evidently some people see God that way.
The Rev. Jerry Falwell and broadcaster Pat Robertson, commenting on the terrorist attacks, claimed the United States had insulted God and lost divine protection.
God allowed "the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve," Falwell noted.
He later apologized for his remarks, but are we really to believe his half hearted apology for words which were stupid at best and traitorous at worse. His remarks gave aid and comfort to our enemies, the Terrorists. His words were horrible to the mothers and wives and husbands and sons and daughters of those that died on September the 11th, 2001. His words were not coming from a person who loved this country. His words displayed the reason he is featured on this page. He has displayed his true feelings which are rooted in TV ratings and money and self importance.
But, as evidenced by Falwell's statements, the belief in a vengeful jack-in-the-box God is all too common.
Perhaps she feared God would burst into her life unexpectedly, saying, "You think everything is fine? Well, Gotcha!"
In "The Night of the iguana," a pastor tells his congregation that he refuses to conduct services in praise of the "angry, petulant old man" whom they worship.
"You have turned your back on God of love and compassion," he roars, "and invented for yourselves a cruel, senile delinquent."
If people like Jerry Falwell and pat Robertson want to worship a cruel and mean spirited God, that's their business . But, I wish they would not Blaspheme by calling what they practice, Christianity. They don't even practice a version of Christianity. They practice some sort of Old Testament Demon Worship.
May they get their wish and join that Mean Spirited, Cruel and Senile Demon whom they worship.
Newsflash: Now Falwell Believes
Women Are A Minority!
We will leave it up to the reader to determine whether Jerry Falwell has made serious errors in in judgment. Jerry has supported a Conservative Christian position especially when it comes to Church and State issues. It is apparent from the data collected, that the first amendment may be in danger from his past and future actions. (CLICK HERE TO SEE IF JERRY FALWELL IS BREAKING FEDERAL LAW)
Jerry's office like others we called, stated that his position is that Witches aren't a "Real" religion." What is a real religion, Mr. Falwell? What you have been practicing? Read the following and remember: "By their Works may they be known." This is a summary of information collected from several sources about Jerry Falwell. (CLICK HERE TO SEE FALWELL'S FOLLIES)
(Remember it is best to investigate on your own when looking at allegations about anyone. Don't believe us, think for yourself and investigate for yourself! And remember, the Religious Freedom Coalition does not represent any political party nor do we recommend any political candidate, nor are we involving ourselves in the political process. This information is only for students of Jerry Falwell)
Jerry Falwell represents what some have called "the first wave" of the Religious Right. Long before the Christian Coalition and the Promisekeepers, he led his "Moral Majority" into battle against the forces of godlessness and immorality. Today, he has lost much of his power, but he's still active as a media clown, creating "controversy" out of nowhere. Lately, he is trying to make a comeback and to re-establish himself as one of the leading powerbrokers of the Religious Right.
On Sundays, Jerry Falwell preaches from the pulpit in Lynchburg, Virginia's Thomas Road Baptist Church. He spreads the Lord's Word to a much wider audience on his nationally broadcast Old Time Gospel Hour and also proselytizes through the secular outlets provided by Larry King and Geraldo Rivera. Everywhere the Reverend goes, he presents himself as a man of God dedicated to Christian virtues. Condemning the dishonesty of others is a core theme of the Reverend Falwell. Like certain Members of Congress, Jerry Falwell behaves as if his moral standards should be applied to others, but not to himself.
The Reverend Falwell distributes a so-called fact sheet to 162,000 of his evangelical brethren who are part of the Friends of Jerry Falwell Support Circle. Called the "Falwell Confidential," it describes itself as "a weekly fax briefing for America's pastors and Christian leaders who may use this information without attribution."
When information is passed from a church leader to his flock without attribution, the details assume the weight of established fact. Few if any of the Christian hierarchy who receive Falwell's fact sheet can be assumed to spend any time verifying the good Reverend's "facts," which means that all 162,000 were in position to spread the lies contained in the January 15, 1999, "Falwell Confidential."
"The Bizarre Flynt-Clinton Connection," read Falwell's top item. "Dan Moldea, the lead investigator for Larry Flynt's ongoing quest to uncover sexual indiscretions of Republican congressional members, has now admitted he was hired by the law firm defending President Clinton [Williams & Connolly]."
These statements about Moldea are false. Dan Moldea has never admitted working for Williams & Connolly, because he has never been in the law firm's employ. On January 26, Moldea contacted Falwell through an E-mail message, referenced the alleged claim about former employment with Williams & Connolly and pointed out, "This entire statement is false and misleading, reckless and malicious. It is a complete fabrication."
Moldea promised to bring his attorneys into the matter, which earned a swift response from J.M. Smith of Jerry Falwell Ministries. Smith claimed to be trying "to learn what material in the January 15 'Falwell Confidential' is contrary to what is being reported in the national media. I am forwarding three articles to you that present highly similar stories to the one we printed. We are not trying to escape responsibility for what we have reported, rather wanting to clarify what it is that you feel was misapplied in the 'Falwell Confidential.' Please show me specifically where we have erred and, if wrong, we will be more than happy to issue a retraction and an apology."
The three articles Smith forwarded to Dan Moldea were all critical of the investigator, and any of the three reporters would have liked to link Moldea to the White House, but none had made the jump to fabricating a Moldea employment history with Clinton's lawyers. If J.M. Smith were truly "not trying to escape responsibility for what we have reported," a cursory review of the three articles would have shown Smith specifically where Falwell had erred, and then they could have happily issued a retraction and an apology, which would have done no good in reversing the harm of the lie.
At the time of Moldea's communications with Falwell emissary J.M. Smith, the San Diego Union-Tribune had already picked up the Reverend's fabrication and run it as fact.
Jerry Falwell's actions bring to mind a New Testament story of a gossiping woman. In a modernized account the woman asks Jesus how she might undo the harm she has caused by spreading false information. Jesus advises her that a malicious liar might just as well climb up to the pulpit of the Thomas Road Baptist Church, discharge a shotgun into his lying mouth and then try to reassemble the scattered portions of his skull as attempt to retract the harm done by flinging a single malicious lie.
Jerry Falwell will probably disregard the urgings of Jesus in this matter.
Moldea is not alone in being the target of Jerry Falwell's malicious intentions. The Reverend has helped finance and distribute a videotape of crackpot allegations that President Bill Clinton has been involved in drug-running and murder.
Falwell has also put the Christian world on alert that the Antichrist is among us and living as a Jewish male.
The beatific Reverend referred to lesbian actress Ellen Degeneres as Ellen Degenerate.
Nothing is as advantageous to the argument of a bigot, than that their prejudice is revealed in holly scripture written by a divine power conveniently absent and thus unable to dispute interpretation. It is not surprising therefore that few callings have attracted as many self-serving fanatics as religion.
Falwell professes love for
homosexuals while saying he "hates" their "sin." His preaching has helped to
create an atmosphere of intolerance where a gay male cannot be savagely
beaten to death without the fear of fanatical Christians waving GOD HATES
FAGS placards at his funeral. Jerry Falwell has even accused the
Teletubby Tinky Winky (Teletubbies are puppetlike characters seen on a
popular children's television show - see left) of being a homosexual.
have always defined themselves in terms of what they are not as well as what
they are. An argument only a zealot will believe is precisely what you
need to attract zealots.
Now, what Falwell doesn't tell you is from 1933 until the end of the second world war, the German Nazis placed a pink triangle on the jacket of all homosexuals who were arrested and sent to concentration camps. They were of course killed there.
Is Jerry calling for the same "solution" to the homosexual question? Is Jerry Falwell a Nazi?
Jerry Falwell might be better occupied concerning himself with the destination of his soul for as the result of his dishonesty, it indeed seems to be headed for the Christian Hell.
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