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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

 
Jerry Falwell (1933-2007)

Michelle Malkin has lots of links.

A vandal managed to post on Wikipedia an image of Falwell with the caption "racist extraordinaire." I managed to get a screen capture before the WikiPolice sprang into action.

Funny, I didn't think any of the controversies surrounding him had to do with race. Oh wait, I remember when he and Jesse Jackson debated South African disinvestment policy on Nightline. One of the better political debates I've seen - no three-ring circus here. Jackson spoke of the need to end the Apartheid government, and Falwell pointed out that disinvestment would mean massive job losses for blacks.

(Apartheid was eventually killed, but South Africa has yet to find a suitable replacement - it's not exactly a land overflowing with peace and freedom.)

In comments at Daimnation! I recall this old story:

I remember looooong time ago (no later than 1980s) Falwell arranged with Ted Kennedy for Jerry to speak at Harvard and Ted to speak at Thomas Road Baptist. Ted got the polite reception. Oh, if only someone had gotten audio and video of the Harvard speech...

Condolences to the Falwell family and the congregation of Thomas Road Baptist Church.

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