A Blast from the Past — Jerry Falwell

After the 2012 US Presidential election, in a fit of Curmudgeonly disgruntlement, we wrote Open Letter to the Republican Party, #2, in which, while discussing the rise of the “social conservatives” in the GOP, we said:

There was a time when the social conservatives were mostly Democrats. After they were “betrayed” by Johnson’s support for civil rights legislation, Nixon reached out to them and attracted them to the GOP (see Southern strategy). Barry Goldwater was appalled at what was happening. At one point he made a statement (regarding abortion and the nomination of a Supreme Court justice) that summed the whole situation up: “Every good Christian ought to kick Falwell right in the ass.” See Conservative pioneer became an outcast. But Goldwater was ignored, and now the party is run by people he described as a “bunch of kooks,” (same link as above).

You’ve seen us rant like that before, and we understand that you’re tired of it. So are we, for the moment, so we’re not doing that here. That’s just our way of introducing something we found while rummaging around at WorldNetDaily (WND). It’s an oldie-goldie from 2006 by Jerry Falwell (1933 – 2007), the man Goldwater thought was ruining the Republican party. We weren’t blogging then, we weren’t handing out Buffoon Awards, and we didn’t have the Retard-o-tron™, so we missed this when it was published. But it’s worth discussing now because it helps to put things in perspective.

We present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from Anti-evolution revolution, by Jerry Falwell, with bold font added by us. After discussing the results of a British poll on creationism, he gives the results of a US poll:

Last year, 64 percent in a Pew Research Center poll said they believe creationism should be taught alongside evolution in schools. Luis Lugo, director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, said, “What this basically tells us is that in contentious issues, many people take the default position – teach both sides and let people make up their own minds.”

But the evolution community wants to dictate their values on American school children. The left frequently talks about “diversity,” but they sanction uniformity of thought when it comes to teaching about the foundations of the universe. It is a troubling double standard.

Yes, those Darwinists are so intolerant! Falwell sounds like a Discoveroid. Notice how he describes evolution as a feature of the left. That’s typical of today’s “social conservatives,” who imagine that they’re the true conservatives, although they care only about theocratic issues. Constitutionally speaking, theocracy has no place in the American political spectrum. Let’s read on:

Those who embrace biblical teachings on creation are typically depicted as provincial victims of obsolete views that have not kept up with modern society. We are told that it’s fine to believe in the Genesis account of creation while we are in our churches, but when we step out of the church our views should be stifled.

No, not stifled — not any more than flat-Earthers should be stifled. But we do insist that nonsense should be kept out of public school science classes. Falwell continues:

Creationists and evolutionists utilize the same historic facts and evidences in their research, but they reach largely dissimilar conclusions. But the evolutionists’ interpretation of the evidence at hand is largely given authority over the proposals of creationists.

Is there any creationist website that doesn’t make that claim? Yeah, they use the same evidence — except for the things they don’t like — and they reject any conclusion that doesn’t support Genesis. Here’s more:

While a typical PBS broadcast on science or nature will include the assertive phrase “millions of years ago,” it is apparent that a large percentage of the audience has misgivings about the statement. I believe this is largely the result of solid Bible teaching that continues to echo in our nation’s churches.

Yes. They’re doing a great job. Moving along:

And there’s reason to believe that the creationism message will soon be communicated to more people than ever. In Hebron, Ky., not far from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, the spectacular Creation Museum is nearing completion.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Falwell was a fan of Hambo! Another excerpt:

The Creation Museum, described as a “walk through history,” is scheduled to open in 2007, and I am anticipating that it will have an impact on our culture the likes of which we have never seen. This spectacular alternative to the evolutionary natural history museums that are turning countless minds against the Gospel and the authority of the Scripture, will soon be recounting what the Bible teaches on creation, dinosaurs, the world flood and many other pertinent topics.

Verily, it’s worked out just as Falwell predicted. And now we come to the end:

In the meantime, I will continue to stand against the evolutionary and secularist tides by proclaiming that God spoke the heavens and the earth into existence in six literal days.

And so he did. Goldwater was right, of course. Falwell and his type were a disaster for the GOP. And we’re all suffering as a result.

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11 responses to “A Blast from the Past — Jerry Falwell

  1. The man continues to be annoying from beyond the grave.

  2. Richard Olson

    I’d love to witness GOP leadership repudiate Christian creationist extremists. However, there is absolutely no way Republicans will ever win the White House or a majority in either the House or Senate without those tens of millions of voters who cast their ballots the way leaders like the late Rev. Falwell instruct them to do. It’s been this way since Reagan’s campaign brought them onboard in ’80, and it won’t change for at least anotther decade or more due to Grim Reaper attrition.

    And now America is also burdened with the Tea Party faction that presently comprises the conservative political/economic “brain”, hard at work forcing moderates out of policy-making capacity and candidacy possibility.

    If these two groups would only turn out to vote at the same rate as everybody else, there would be no problem. But noooo, the loons are the motivated bunch, while everybody else sits home on election day locally and nationally, indifferently watching corporations purchase their democracy.

  3. The GOP’s shameless pandering to the extreme religious right has NOT been a disaster for the party. It’s been the foundation of their frightening rise to power because there is a huge and fevent right-wing segment of the public to pander to. What its been a disaster for is America. And there is no end in sight.

  4. Ahh, I thank our Curmudgeon for this delightful scamper down Memory Lane!

    For even more wistful tears of nostalgia for yesteryear, I can recommend The 10 Craziest Things Rev. Jerry Falwell Ever Said

  5. Paul Collier sagely notes

    The GOP’s shameless pandering to the extreme religious right has NOT been a disaster for the party. … it’s been a disaster for is America.

    Hear, hear! I am in raging agreement with you on this. I sometimes wonder if there isn’t an equivalent in the political sphere of Gresham’s Law to account for the way, in parlimentary democracies, the intellectual debasement of one party accelerates the debasement of the others in a hideous race to the bottom and abandonment of intellectual rigour and integrity.

  6. Ceteris Paribus

    RO notes re US election turnout: “But noooo, the loons are the motivated bunch, while everybody else sits home on election day ”

    Many don’t just “sit home” on election day. The large majority of Americans are busy working on any given Tuesday, including the Tuesday of election day.

    But going to vote is no longer a leisurely 5 mile horse ride from the farm to the township office where everybody knows your name. It is now means taking time off work, work, driving across town to your local voting precinct, and waiting in line until some party goons fine check that all the registration documents of the 50 people already in line ahead of you. Of course a voter can wait until they get out of work, and stand in an even longer line.

    The GOP theocrats who want to take over government, such as Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, have been very diligent in using every trick they can discover to disenfranchise voters in demographics which statistics show are not likely to vote the GOP ticket.

    There is little possibility of passing any kind of voting reform legislation now. But it could happen if the Tea Party/GOP itself to took the lead. They have the power within their own party party structure to simply eliminate their current closed party primaries which pretty much now insures the wackiest loon in their flock will be nominated to run in November, for a safe GOP seat.

    But the chances of voting reform happening are rapidly diminishing. The theocrats with their “quiver full” procreation strategy, and preaching politics from the pulpit, will replace all the remaining old fart white male GOP members, some of which might even be still able to remember the difference between Barry Goldwater and Jerry Falwell.

  7. Megalonyx shows a rare moment of profundity when he says: “I sometimes wonder if there isn’t an equivalent in the political sphere of Gresham’s Law to account for the way, in parlimentary democracies, the intellectual debasement of one party accelerates the debasement of the others …”

    But your uncountable social atrocities far outweigh your moments of lucidity.

  8. It was Falwell who kicked off the notion that theocratic conservatives should take political action to enforce their religion on everyone, especially creationism and excessive interest in what other people are doing with their genitals. And yes, it was a tragedy for America: we need a rational conservative party, as well as a rational leftist party, who have fruitful collisions out of which the best and most rational public policy will arise. No one party, working solely from their own right or left views, can come up the best ideas. You need input from all viewpoints and an amalgam of right and left ideas.

    So Falwell is responsible for political advocacy of creationism and theocracy in every area, culminating in a loss of rational, or even workable, government. Thanks a lot, Jerry! As Christopher Hitchens nastily said, too bad there isn’t a hell for Falwell to go to.

  9. And the elephant in the room with this war on our founding Enlightenment principles has been very profitable for certain economic elites of various authoritarian leanings and ethical turpitude.

    It’s not as if this type of Purity crowd/nationalism/corporatism alliance is sans historical record… See Santayana re history.

  10. Richard Olson

    Summed up succinctly, Cogito. I think of this bunch as solely self-interested neo-feudalists who can’t foresee a day when their unsustainable selfishness results in the bell tolling for them; who either delude themselves (or else simply aren’t bothered due to some amount/form of ASPD) about suffering they inflict on others in pursuit of their economic “liberty”.

  11. I don’t normally reply to dead people. Then again I don’t really respond to living anti-evolution activists other than to inform those they might mislead:

    Last year, 64 percent in a Pew Research Center poll said they believe creationism should be taught alongside evolution in schools.”

    And 90% can’t describe a molecule. And 100% can learn creationism, ID and how to misrepresent evolution on their own time and their parents’ dime.

    ”But the evolution community wants to dictate their values on American school children.”

    The values are “thou shalt not bear false witness.” And unlike many who preach those words, the “evolution community” really means it.

    ”It is a troubling double standard.”

    Nice try at projection, but real the double standard is with anti-evolution activists, who demand that “Darwinists” account for the whereabouts of every molecule on earth for the last 4 billion years, but don’t feel obligated to state the most basic “what happened when” claims of their “theory.”

    While a typical PBS broadcast on science or nature will include the assertive phrase “millions of years ago,” it is apparent that a large percentage of the audience has misgivings about the statement.”

    OECs and IDers also include that “assertive phase.” Why aren’t you whining about them, and how they “dictate their values”? And if people have “misgivings” why are they so reluctant to state exactly when those “blessed events” occurred, much less test them?