Insensitive Bastard: If it seems it’s been quiet in La Parola lately, it’s because we’ve been arguing for freedom on broader fronts.
Here at Summitlake.com, we are still in deep shock over the horrible, horrible terrorist attacks on the eastern seaboard. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t kept our eyes and ears open.
If you thought La Parola has always been a little too – well – polite, stiff and formal, you’d better read our remarks on the latest outrageous utterances of the Rev. Jerry Falwell. We chose not to post them here, but (following an increasing pattern), to give them the broadest possible exposure on What’s New, one of the most heavily trafficked pages at Summitlake.com.
Read Insensitive Bastard,in 2001 , on the Front Page of the whole Summitlake.com site, now, rescued from Archives and reproduced below.
Please take care. These are trying times. Hugs and such.
Gustav Niebuhr, New York Times Friday, September 14, 2001
The Rev. Jerry Falwell said yesterday that the American Civil Liberties Union, along with abortion providers, gay rights proponents and federal courts that had banned school prayer and legalized abortion, had so weakened the United States spiritually that the nation was left exposed to Tuesday’s terrorist attacks.
The conservative Baptist minister said that “the ACLU’s got to take a lot of blame for this,” according to a partial transcript of televised remarks he made on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson’s religious program.
In the transcript, distributed by the liberal organization People for the American Way, Falwell described the ACLU as “throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools.” Referring to the terrorist attacks, he said he would point a figurative finger at those “who have tried to secularize America” and say: “You helped this happen.”
As if the unthinkably horrible events of this week have not stressed Americans to the limit, once again, the Rev. Falwell has seized upon the moment to demonize those who do not pay homage and tithe to his particular cult, those who defend individual rights, and those who simply happen to be different.
Once again, the Rev. Falwell has gone beyond the pale. He is a disgrace to organized religions, a disgrace to all thinking peoples, and a disgrace to his homeland and birthright, whatever that may be.
Summitlake.com invites thinking readers to compare Falwell to other religious fanatics: Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, the late Ayatollah Khomeini. Our challenge is to find substantive differences, if any, beyond those denied to Falwell merely because they are still prohibited by the laws of our land.
We further invite those who have the opportunity to do so, to speak out vociferously against all such agenda-laden divisiveness, and to repudiate Falwell’s verbal defecation upon the Bill of Rights. If there is to be finger-pointing, we should be looking at the parents who dropped this monster upon the fertile soil of the United States of America. Small wonder that he is opposed to abortion.