Jerry Falwell responds
to the leftist howling over the latest non-scandal:
Earlier this week, the so-called mainstream news media were up in arms over a statement I made last weekend at the Values Voters Summit. During my speech, I remarked that if Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton were the Democratic presidential nominee in 2008, it would induce evangelical Christians to oppose her more than if the devil himself were running.
Actually, if he were serious he'd be right. Conservatives would trust moderate swing voters to vote against the Devil and wouldn't be so compelled to show up at the polls. The Clintons are famous for hoodwinking moderates, so conservatives would show up in droves to make sure that Hil doesn't get elected.
...Christians aren't supposed to have a sense of humor. Watch a network or cable TV show depicting a Christian and you'll see a morose individual on the verge of breaking out in a fire-and-brimstone sermon at any moment.
Conservative Christians are continually defined by the media as humorless individuals who want to convert the world into mindless Christian zombies. So if someone like me utilizes irony or utilizes a whimsical phrase, it is taken as a threatening statement.
Part of the reason for this stereotype is the common notion that conservative Christians are opposed to fun, failing to note Christian claims that the "fun" in question has long-term misery that outweighs the short-term enjoyment.
On the other hand, Hollywood personalities can make far more malicious statements and nobody questions it.
Take, for example, actor Alec Baldwin's proclamation on Conan O'Brien's late-night talk show a few years ago in which he called for the stoning of pro-life Rep. Henry Hyde, R, Ill.
On the broadcast, Baldwin stated: "I'm thinking to myself, if we were in other countries, we would, all of us together, all of us together would go down to Washington and we would stone Henry Hyde to death! We would go to their homes, and we'd kill their wives and their children. We would kill their families."
Funny stuff, huh?
Ah yes, double standards. Hugo Chavez can call Bush "el Diablo" and get thunderous applause from the Left, but a Falwell joke comparing Hillary's electability to Lucifer's is cause for weeping and gnashing of teeth.