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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Jerry Falwell's Legacy

(Video from WKRP in Cincinnatti)

Jerry Falwell has left the building, but has left behind a lasting legacy of intolerance towards gays, liberals, and godless secularists. Pretty much anyone who didn't believe what he did. He claimed that AIDS was God's punishment for gays, blamed 9/11 on "gays, abortionists, feminists, and pagans," and even went after lovable Tinky Winky (the purple Teletubby) for "promoting the gay agenda." (Huh?)

Of course, he'll also be remembered as the founder of the Moral Majority in the 80's (apparently the rest of us were part of the Immoral Minority), and was a major force in getting fundamentalist Christians mobilized as a political force. As a direct result of this effort, George W. Bush became president. Thanks for nothing.

Part of the measure of his influence on the American culture, however, can be found in the fictional characters on various TV shows that were based on him. Check out this clip from WKRP in Cincinnatti, in which "Dr. Bob" is threatening an economic boycott of the station because of the music being played.

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