John and Jerry
Now that he's courting the Christian right, John McCain apparently no longer believes that Jerry Falwell is an "agent of intolerance," as he stated in 2000. That got me wondering: if McCain says Falwell isn't so bad, then maybe the man has changed his ways since 2000. Maybe Falwell has softened up a bit. However, after some brief research I was a little dissappointed. Here are just a few comments that Falwell has made since 2000, in the time that McCain apparently changed his mind about the evangelical pastor:
"The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. 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 [September 11] happen." - September 13, 2001, 700 Club
"This 'turn the other cheek' business is all well and good but it's not what Jesus fought and died for. What we need to do is take the battle to the Muslim heathens and do unto them before they do unto us." - radio interview, 2002
"I think Muhammad was a terrorist. I read enough by both Muslims and non-Muslims, [to decide] that he was a violent man, a man of war." - 60 Minutes, September 30, 2002
"Earlier today, reports began circulating across the globe that I have recently stated that Jews can go to heaven without being converted to Jesus Christ. This is categorically untrue." - Column by Falwell, theconservativevoice.com, March 2, 2006
"This was made an issue when the Supreme Court gave constitutional protection to sodomy. So here we have now same-sex marriage. What's next, polygamy? ... Why not? And why not bestiality?" - CNN, Wolf Blitzer Reports, 2/24/04I don't know what McCain might be seeing that I'm not (possibly throngs of evangelicals voting for him in South Carolina), but it doesn't seem like Falwell has grown anymore tolerant since 2000.