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Old 05-15-2007, 01:54 PM   #1
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Jerry Falwell Dead

[q]Television evangelist Falwell dies at 73

LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Rev. Jerry Falwell, who founded the Moral Majority and built the religious right into a political force, died Tuesday shortly after being found unconscious in his office at Liberty University, a school executive said. He was 73.

Ron Godwin, the university's executive vice president, said Falwell, 73, was found unresponsive around 10:45 a.m. and taken to Lynchburg General Hospital. "CPR efforts were unsuccessful," he said.

Godwin said he was not sure what caused the collapse, but he said Falwell "has a history of heart challenges."

"I had breakfast with him, and he was fine at breakfast," Godwin said. "He went to his office, I went to mine, and they found him unresponsive."

Falwell survived two serious health scares in early 2005. He was hospitalized for two weeks with what was described as a viral infection, then was hospitalized again a few weeks later after going into respiratory arrest. Later that year, doctors found a 70 percent blockage in an artery, which they opened with stents.

Falwell credited his Moral Majority with getting millions of conservative voters registered, electing Ronald Reagan and giving Republicans Senate control in 1980.

"I shudder to think where the country would be right now if the religious right had not evolved," Falwell said when he stepped down as Moral Majority president in 1987.

The fundamentalist church that Falwell started in an abandoned bottling plant in 1956 grew into a religious empire that includes the 22,000-member Thomas Road Baptist Church, the "Old Time Gospel Hour" carried on television stations around the country and 7,700-student Liberty University. He built Christian elementary schools, homes for unwed mothers and a home for alcoholics.

He also founded Liberty University in Lynchburg, which began as Lynchburg Baptist College in 1971.

Liberty University's commencement is scheduled for Saturday, with former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich as the featured speaker.[/q]
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Wow. I didn't realise he was that old -- I guess I stopped thinking much about him in the late 80's and didn't really see him age.

I feel for his family right now.
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Oh, well. I didn't like the man when he was alive, I don't care for him or feel sorrow for his passing either.
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I won't speak ill of the dead. But I hope his family is doing well.
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Very sad.

Although I agree with only a portion of his theology, I wish his soul well.

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Maybe I shouldn't say this about the dead, but the guy was a thief. At one point he offered viewers bricks to his school, for 500 each. He shouldn't have been ripping his viewers off this way. A poor woman I knew sent him a payment for one of the bricks. If we're not going to say anything bad about dead people, well, Hitler and Stalin are dead too. Falwell's politics were fascistic. I once demonstrated against a meeting of the Moral Majority here in Birmingham. I almost got busted. They sent the cops against us. No, they weren't friends of dissenters.
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i really can't think of anything to say.
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i really can't think of anything to say.
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i really can't think of anything to say.
How about-

Romans 12:14.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

Just a thought.

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Romans 12:14.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.


fair enough.
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Oh, well. I didn't like the man when he was alive, I don't care for him or feel sorrow for his passing either.

This is it for me too, but with less swearing.
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Oh, well. I didn't like the man when he was alive, I don't care for him or feel sorrow for his passing either.
I pretty much feel the same way.
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