Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Language of Hate?

If you remember, I signed up for information on the Moral Majority to get the "I vote Christian" stickers. Well somehow I got on Jerry Falwell's e-mail list and now I regularly receive his weekly newsletter. Last week the theme was:


Good ol' Jerry quickly pointed out that Howard Dean was said the following about Republicans and/or conservatives:

he "hate[s] Republicans and everything they stand for."
he said conservatives are "evil."
and that Republicans "never made an honest living in their lives."
and that the Republican Party is monolithically comprised of "white Christians."

Now, one, it bothers me a lot that Falwell states all of this without a single reference to when or where he got any of those quotes. Maybe someone with a more decent track record would just be believed on his word, but not Falwell. Yet, I don't question that Dean very likely said all those things, because this is a story that many others have reported on.

But then Falwell went on to give his judgment of Dean, as he describes Dean by stating:

"his astonishingly creepy behavior" .
"the poster child for what most Americans abhor"
"needs to enroll in an anger management program"
"attempting to besmirch the reputation of the Christian community"
"is an embarrassment to contemporary politics"

But it doesn't stop there - he also goes after liberals in general, too:

"its core it is comprised of malevolence toward those who have alternative political and social views"
"attempted to ruthlessly annihilate all of those who got in the way of their quest for ultimate power"
" a group of fuming Bush haters who are adrift in their own ritual blindness"

But then I should have expected this from Falwell. His language has always been one of hate. Who can forget such Falwell classics as:

"Homosexuality is Satan's diabolical attack upon the family that will not only have a corrupting influence upon our next generation, but it will also bring down the wrath of God upon America."

"Billy Graham is the chief servant of Satan in America"

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

"If you're not a born-again Christian, you're a failure as a human being
We're fighting against humanism, we're fighting against liberalism ... we are fighting against all the systems of Satan that are destroying our nation today ... our battle is with Satan himself."

"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 (the 9-11 attacks) happen."

I guess I shouldn't question when Falwell talks about the language of hate - he clearly is an expert on it. I'm so ecstatic to have him representing Christianity in America.