Good Old Fashioned Christian Morality

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May 232007
 

From ABC News.

Campbell County authorities arrested a Liberty University student for having several homemade bombs in his car.

The student, 19-year-old Mark D. Uhl of Amissville, Va., reportedly told authorities that he was making the bombs to stop protesters from disrupting the funeral service.

All these guys just don’t think their militaristic words have an impact. This religious right wingnut wasn’t some zealot from a foreign country, he was one of Jerry’s kids. And he was apparently ready to kill for Falwell’s message of intolerance. Who else have they indoctrinated to kill?

Jerry Falwell is Dead

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May 152007
 

Jerry Falwell, the founder of the Moral Majority and the face of the Religious Right during the 80’s, is dead at 73.

Falwell was known for his opposition to gay rights and his harsh language towards gay people.  After the tragedy of September 11, 2001, he blamed the attack on “the pagans, the abortionists, and the feminists and the gays and lesbians”.

He supported apartheid:

In the 1980s Jerry Falwell was an outspoken supporter of the Apartheid regime in South Africa. When president PW Botha was elected President by the White South African minority, Reverend Falwell went to South Africa and made statements supporting the government there and urging American Christians to buy Krugerrands, a coin issued by the South African Government[17]. He drew the ire of many when he called Nobel Peace Prize winner and Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu a phony. He later apologized for that remark and claimed that he had misspoken.

His views on Jewish people (of which Jesus was one I’d remind him) were not very flattering:

Falwell has asserted that when The Antichrist (“The Beast”) comes, he “must be, of necessity, a Jewish male.”

After Southern Baptist Convention President Bailey Smith tells a Dallas Religious Right gathering that “God Almighty does not hear the prayer of a Jew,” Falwell gives a similar view. “I do not believe,” he told reporters, “that God answers the prayer of any unredeemed Gentile or Jew.”

He had no shame when it came to money: 

November 1997: Falwell accepts $3.5 million from a front group representing controversial Korean evangelist Sun Myung Moon to ease Liberty University’s financial woes. The donation, and several Falwell appearances at Moon conferences, raised eyebrows because Moon claims to be the messiah sent to complete the failed mission of Jesus Christ, a doctrine sharply at odds with Falwell’s fundamentalist Christian theology. (In 1978, before the Moon money started flowing, Falwell told Esquire magazine, “Reverend Sun Myung Moon is like the plague: he exploits boys and girls, and he should be exported.”)

And don’t forget, this is the same guy who decided Tinky Winky must be gay.

However in his later years he did mellow some and in August 2005 he made some statements that seemed to endorse some limited protections for gay and lesbian citizens.  Falwell stated that equal access to housing and employment are basic rights, not special rights and said that he supported civil rights for gay people. Guess he was getting concerned about this day coming, and learning first hand that God considers everyone his child.

“I may not agree with the lifestyle,” Falwell said. “But that has nothing to do with the civil rights of that… part of our constituency.

“Civil rights for all Americans, black, white, red, yellow, the rich, poor, young, old, gay, straight, et cetera, is not a liberal or conservative value,” Falwell went on to say. “It’s an American value that I would think that we pretty much all agree on.”

I wish he and his family peace.

Christains Fear Losing Teens

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Oct 162006
 

The New York Times recently ran an article about evangelical Christian leaders warning one another that their teenagers are abandoning the faith in droves.

Their alarm has been stoked by a highly suspect claim that if current trends continue, only 4 percent of teenagers will be “Bible-believing Christians” as adults. That would be a sharp decline compared with 35 percent of the current generation of baby boomers, and before that, 65 percent of the World War II generation.

While some critics say the statistics are greatly exaggerated (one evangelical magazine for youth ministers dubbed it “the 4 percent panic attack”), there is widespread consensus among evangelical leaders that they risk losing their teenagers.

The Times article goes on to, of course, report that the evangelicals blame it all on contemporary society:

Genuine alarm can be heard from Christian teenagers and youth pastors, who say they cannot compete against a pervasive culture of cynicism about religion, and the casual “hooking up” approach to sex so pervasive on MTV, on Web sites for teenagers and in hip-hop, rap and rock music. Divorced parents and dysfunctional families also lead some teenagers to avoid church entirely or to drift away.

This all begs a couple of questions. First off, we need a little more information on what defines a “Bible-believing Christian.” I consider myself to be a Bible-believing Christian, but you can bet that Jerry Falwell already has my spot in hell picked out for me. I suspect, based on this statement they are more concerned that kids might grow up to be thoughtful adults, who, while Christian, may not support the wingnut branch of the evangelicals.

Also, if the Christian message is getting lost to the likes of the stupid fare I’ve noticed on MTV, and the current version of rap and rock music, then it must not be a very strong message. Perhaps these kids are already cynical about the message of “Sinners in The Hands of An Angry God,” as he is so often presented by the evangelical right.

So, I think their concern is really more about how the kids might growup to be real Christians, rather then faux-Christians that follow “kraxy kristian kooks” like James Dobson, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson…and let’s not forget Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church.