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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Update: Did Dr. Jerry Falwell Change His Tune?

From Dr. Falwell's website before and after:

Before: To "Vote Christian"

After: To "Vote Values"

While this is a subtle change, WSET is reporting:

"The Anti-Defamation League is calling on the Reverend Jerry Falwell to retract his quote "vote Christian in 2008." Falwell tells us he stopped using the phrase nine months ago. The phrase appeared in a mass fundraising letter last November, on behalf the organization the Moral Majority."

When I first reported on the "Vote Christian" campaign,

throughout Dr. Falwell's website was the phrase "Vote Christian." This was as late as yesterday, not 9 months as alleged by Dr. Falwell. The facts are wrong somewhere, and there is value in telling the truth.


At 11:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe HE actually stopped using the phrase nine months ago, but the website wasn't updated to reflect that. Regardless of when he was using it, he's not backing away from the intent he had when it was first used.

This kind of nitpicking really makes Lynchburg's Falwell opponents look crazy to those of us who are imports. Who cares if the man said to vote Christian? Is it really that big of a shock after however many years he's been saying that? For people that seem to hate hearing so much about the town's most famous resident, some of you sure do talk about him a lot.

At 3:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ninth commandment is "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor" Most understand this as not telling a lie. As a minister of the Church, and one who professes morals and values, he should walk his talk. I am a Christian, and beleive in strong values. And we shall forgive, Rev Falwell. But he should come honest with us.

At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's being honest. The "vote Christian" slogan came about in November during the elections. Since then he hasn't said anything about it. Just because it is still on his website means nothing. Do you really think he is the one monitoring his website? Is it possible that he may not know what is currently there or that it has been there since November? I don't understand what the big deal is. He is just telling people to vote for a person that has the same values and beliefs that they have. That's what his organization is all about and what he's been doing for over 20 years. Isn't this what all pastors should do? Encourage their congregation to get good solid leaders into office that will help protect their values? He's already clarified what he meant by the statement. I don't think this would even be an issue if it was said by anyone else other than Dr. Falwell.


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