For many years Jerry Falwell has told us that all the bad storms or wars or pestilence or whatever indicates that God is pissed off at gays, feminists, lesbians and assorted other scape-goats like Twinkie Winkie of the Teletubbys. [scape·goat(skpgt) n.
1. One that is made to bear the blame of others. 2. Bible A live goat over whose head Aaron confessed all the sins of the children of Israel on the Day of Atonement. The goat, symbolically bearing their sins, was then sent into the wilderness. tr.v. scape·goat·ed, scape·goat·ing, scape·goats To make a scapegoat of.]
His favorite hatred focal point was Hillary and Bill Clinton and he railed against them endlessly [The Clinton Chronicles]. Murderers, he called them among other things, as he urgently demanded that God send his thunderbolts down upon them. His venom and accusations are still brandished about by the rightwing shock jocks as well as the most rabid leftwing democrats who consider a woman president anathema.
Counting on the massive guilt complex of Christians and near Christians, Falwell enlisted many into his camp and named them The Moral Majority [MM]. They became and still are the Repug base. With his political power increasing, as head of the MM, Jerry was instrumental in the corruption of politics with religion [and visa versa] – a burden the country still reels under.
The Ronald and the Georges added more fear to the guilt Jerry induced. With those two emotions so dear to the hearts of the Messianic maelstrom, this country’s leadership avowed its reverence for life by condemning women’s reproductive rights as criminal.
Always supporting “the Party of Life”, the MM had no qualms when Bush took the country to an unnecessary war killing and injuring hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi as well as thousands of American and coalition troops.
One thing Jerry lusted for was to be on Earth during the Rapture which he predicted would happen soon. The vision he projected to his flock, that all true believers would join him in being risen up into the heavens, squeezed still more money out of the fearful masses.
Through all the years he exhibited the true sense of American Corporate values, building up massive wealth from the labor and tithe of the poor and vulnerable. Jerry not only missed the Rapture but, if Jesus has been quoted correctly, he has also missed the Kingdom of God:
"It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God" (Matthew 19:24). #
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