Posts Tagged ‘Jerry Falwell’

The End of America

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

043-The-devil-created-separation-of-church-and-stateEve being created from the rib of Adam set the stage for racial, cultural, and gender based hierarchies that have stood the test of time. Men, specifically white men,  are the standard and then everyone else is in categories under them. Jerry Falwell‘s beliefs are the prime example of how religion set up this hierarchy and how it affects every aspect in our society. The man is supposed to provide and protect his wife and children while the wife is supposed to support the husband and nurture their children so that they have strong morals. Furthermore, the notion that children can grow up with strong values in anything but a “traditional” family is not a possibility. Even though children (according to Falwell) don’t have rights separate from their families, they still have the right to life.

When the Supreme Court struck down state abortion laws with it’s Roe v Wade decision, it caught many pro-life supporters off guard. Religiously, they had been taught that from conception that babies had a right to life. Protecting that right to life was imperative -children are innocent, fragile, and unable to act on its own behalf until the age of reason could be reached. These same principles are what was used as justification in the “kill the Indian, save the child” campaign of the United States in the 1860’s and 1870’s. With the Roe v Wade decision, the Supreme Court not only placed a greater value of life on the mother rather than the child, it opened the door for what many perceived as legal population control. Unlike the population control performed in the 1930’s discussed in the Instrument of Genocide reading, abortion was done with the consent of the woman because she was the one seeking the abortion. Insurance companies such as Blue Cross  as well as Medi-Cal (health insurance provided to people on welfare in California) covered abortions because that was cheaper than playing for the delivery of a baby and the medical costs the come along with raising a child. It appears that in the eyes of the State, abortion would help to alleviate not only costs, but would help to keep the cycle of poverty from expanding. The argument that abortion is a form of population control helps to justify why abortion should be illegal, especially when the “separation of church and state” shoots down the religious reasons that abortion should be illegal. If Brigham Young would have had an argument for polygamy based on something other than religious reasons, having multiple wives might still be legal in Utah. Makes one wonder what choice words Jerry Falwell would say about the fact that the “traditional family” only accounts for 7% of households in the United States.     2037

A Very Negative Association: Personal Reflection and the Religious Right

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Say Jerry Falwell in public and you’re likely to get a very negative and a very positive response.  Let’s face it, he’s a guys people either love or love to hate.  Most students here on campus do not care for the man and what he stood for but there are many outside our academic setting who have no problem with him or his message.  Even within my own friend group there is a sharp divide.  Many of my more conservative Christian friends think highly of his school, although not all, while others of my Christian friends feel as though he portrays a very negative image of Christians.  This, I suppose, is an example of the so called ‘culture wars’ which have apparently ravaged our country lo, these many decades.

Growing up, I often felt like a fish out of water when it came to religion and social issues.  I am, as many of you know, a Presbyterian but in Floyd County, Virginia that counts for religious diversity.  The great preponderance of people in Floyd are Baptist, Brethren, of Church of Christ.  We have one Methodist, one Lutheran (both in town), and two Presbyterian Churches (one in town).  The very small Catholic congregation met, until very recently, in the basement of the Lutheran Church (how’s that for an historical funny?).  I knew fundamentalism and the revivalist fever existed– how could I not being so

Channeling My Inner Hippie

surrounded by them?– but they were things I never actively participated in.  In short, I got to be the Conservative Democrat/Southern Democrat caught between the staunchly religious conservative right and the hippie liberal left (there are a surprising number of hippies and communes in Floyd County).  Most of what I had to say, when I said it, rarely endeared me to either side for too long.

Channeling My Inner Angry Jesus

I remember one day in spring, during gym, we went out to play tennis.  I was and am a poor tennis player but I was having fun clumsily whacking the ball around with a friend when I overheard the most startling conversation.  Three of my classmates were walking around the court allegedly looking for their missing tennis ball.  I was simply shocked and disgusted.  They went on about the various ills of society.  I learned that everything started to go downhill after the Civil War.  Black people should be back in their proper place as slaves in the field for the white man since they were inferior and stupid to the white man (really funny in hindsight considering how these three were possibly the dullest tools in my schools proverbial shed).  I’m afraid they didn’t use ‘black people’ either but I’ll let you guess at what they said instead.  These three went on to tackle the issue of women’s suffrage and liberation.  Basically, women just needed to get back in the kitchen and keep their mouths shut.  Now, these three were not what you might call religious or devout in their actions and professions but they did go to church (their family churches, that is, which is an entirely different sort of dysfunction if you ask me).  Their justification for these beliefs was simply that it was surely what God intended for them (their own cultural Christianity–and yes, I mean for that to be taken diminutively).  These notions serve as a personal example of what many people find so objectionable to the propositions the ‘Religious Right’ puts forward for their political platform year in and year out.  And while certainly not all, perhaps not most people in the Religious Right harbor sentiments exactly like that which I related it is often what people on the Left and the Religious Left fear.  Although, Jerry doesn’t really need the help of these three ‘friends’ of mine to offend:

To be fair to the other side:

Those two videos express something of the different opinions expressed by those around me in my childhood.  Fortunately, we were all able to enjoy the Jamboree and our beloved Bluegrass music!

But now, to lighten the mood, a personal and very lame joke:

“You know, it’s just so difficult to talk to the Religious Right.  They’re never wrong!  And don’t get me started on the Religious Left.  They’re never around to talk.”