Falwell and Robertson Chime in about the WTC Attack

From: Joe Dees (joedees@addall.com)
Date: Fri Sep 14 2001 - 14:28:33 MDT

('binary' encoding is not supported, stored as-is) > I give you the representatives of the 'just doesn't get it' category,
> though I am almost too disgusted to send it. As revolting as their
> atrocities were, at least the terrorists had the balls to make their
> own statement, rather than callowly borrow the greatest tragedy of our
> time to spread hatred even further, and fill their own wallets.
> - Hartmann
> ----
> God Gave U.S. 'What We Deserve,' Falwell Says
> By John F. Harris
> Washington Post Staff Writer
> Friday, September 14, 2001; Page C03
> Television evangelists Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, two of the
> most prominent voices of the religious right, said liberal civil
> liberties groups, feminists, homosexuals and abortion rights
> supporters bear partial responsibility for Tuesday's terrorist attacks
> because their actions have turned God's anger against America.
> "God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to
> give us probably what we deserve," said Falwell, appearing yesterday
> on the Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club," hosted by
> Robertson.
> "Jerry, that's my feeling," Robertson responded. "I think we've just
> seen the antechamber to terror. We haven't even begun to see what they
> can do to the major population."
> Falwell said the American Civil Liberties Union has "got to take a lot
> of blame for this," again winning Robertson's agreement: "Well, yes."
> Then Falwell broadened his blast to include the federal courts and
> others who he said were "throwing God out of the public square." He
> added: "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 this happen.' "
> People for the American Way transcribed the broadcast and denounced
> the comments as running directly counter to President Bush's call for
> national unity. Ralph G. Neas, the liberal group's president, called
> the remarks "absolutely inappropriate and irresponsible."
> Robertson and others on the religious right gave critical backing to
> Bush last year when he was battling for the GOP presidential
> nomination. A White House official called the remarks "inappropriate"
> and added, "The president does not share those views."
> Falwell was unrepentant, saying in an interview that he was "making a
> theological statement, not a legal statement."
> "I put all the blame legally and morally on the actions of the
> terrorist," he said. But he said America's "secular and anti-Christian
> environment left us open to our Lord's [decision] not to protect. When
> a nation deserts God and expels God from the culture . . . the result
> is not good."
> Robertson was not available for comment, a spokeswoman said. But she
> released a statement echoing the remarks he made on his show. An ACLU
> spokeswoman said the group "will not dignify the Falwell-Robertson
> remarks with a comment."
> 2001 The Washington Post Company

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