Reverend Jerry Falwell spoke to the congregation of Cross Lanes Baptist Church in Cross Lanes, WV this week. I found it interesting that the local news media had little to report about his visit. I suppose they are busy covering the filming of We Are... Marshall, and the whereabouts of the movie's hot cast.
In his speech, Falwell told members of the congregation that we must "turn this nation back to the faith of our fathers," and explained how ministers and church pastors are the only hope for the survival of the Unites States.
I'm not a fan of Falwell. In fact, I find him offensive and dangerous. His self-righteousness is divisive, and his beliefs so narrow that he discounts large cross-sections of Americans. Falwell publicly blames homosexuals, liberals and anyone without a Moral Majority club card for the problems our country is experiencing. I blame Falwell and those like him for many of the problems, particularly those that have occurred in the last eight years. Falwell stumped hard for Bush during the election years, and often commented on the Prez's strong Christian faith as a reason to elect him. I suppose, then, that it is the policies and philosophies of the Bush administration to which Falwell is referring when he made his 'faith of our fathers' remark.
Wonder if Matthew Fox is back in town today?