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Rev. Jerry Falwell dies at age 73

Posted by Stephen on May 15, 2007

Fox News has reported that the Reverend Jerry Falwell, who spear headed the religious right movement during the 1980’s, was found unconscious and unresponsive in his office at Liberty Baptist College in Lynchburg, Virginia. The religious leader was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:43 pm.

The religious leader was found with no pulse in his office. Doctors reported that CPR was administered to no avail. Doctors suggested that his death could be a result of an ailing heart but they were not in a position to verify a cause of death.

Often controversial, Falwell had initially opposed mixing religion with politics. However, in the late 1970s he began speaking out on public issues such as school prayer, which he supported, as well as abortion, homosexuality and the Equal Rights Amendment, which he opposed.

In the most publicized trial of its time, Falwell won a lawsuit against Larry C. Flynt, publisher of the adult magazine Hustler, in 1984.

After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S., Falwell said on “The 700 Club” television program that “the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians,” as well as liberal advocacy groups were to blame for the attacks. Days later, Falwell said his remarks had been taken out of context.

Regardless of opinions Falwell was a powerful figure that clearly influenced religion and politics for nearly thirty years. His religious right movement is said to have assisted in the election of presidents including Ronald Reagan and President George W. Bush.

Stephen Winslow is the executive editor of Conservative Viewpoints.


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