Jerry Falwell

My Little Phony
January 30, 2008

Jonathan Chait defends Mitt Romney.

Party Boy
May 21, 2007

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA WILLIAM “RUSTY” DEPASS named his dogs Goldwater, Reagan, and Bush. He is, needless to say, a conservative man, one who lives in a conservative state where the psychological scars of the Civil War still run deep. Six bronze stars on the west wall of the Capitol building here in Columbia mark the trajectory of Sherman’s 1865 cannon fire from across the Congaree River. A state senator points me to the deep gouges on the building’s banisters—gashes left, hesays, by the sabers of Union officers charging the stairs on horseback.

Hitch Gone Wild
May 17, 2007

In absolutely classic form here: HANNITY: Let's look at the thoughtlessness and the mean-spiritedness of your very remarks that you made about Reverend Falwell. HITCHENS: By all means. HANNITY: You think it's a pity that there isn't a hell for him to go to, you said. HITCHENS: Yes, I do. HANNITY: On his death, you write, "The discovery of the carcass of Reverend Falwell on the floor of his obscure office is, you know, almost zero significance except for perhaps two categories of people," et cetera.

May 17, 2007

Well, this was bound to happen. Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church will be protesting the funeral of Jerry Falwell.

Studs And Jerry
May 16, 2007

by Richard Stern Today is Studs Terkel's 95th birthday, and tributes to him are being played over WFMT, the station on which he interviewed, played records, and reminisced sometimes five times a week between 1942 and 1997. When I first heard Studs, I thought he rattled on too loosely, unmoored by grammar or anything but misty benevolence. His first interview with me, probably around 1960, was surprisingly better. Studs was well-prepared. There were underlines throughout the book we were discussing, and again, if memory serves, he seemed to have a good take on it.

Creation Myths
May 16, 2007

Huh, I'd always assumed that evangelicals like Jerry Falwell got into politics back in the late 1970s because of Roe v. Wade, but in her Falwell obit today, Michelle Goldberg says that's just not true: The religious right's creation myth holds that Roe v Wade so outraged the faithful that they could no longer sit passively on their pews. As the Columbia University historian Randall Balmer has shown, this is nonsense.

Sects Appeal
November 20, 2006

Molly Worthen argues in 2006 that Mormons are moving towards the Christian and political mainstream in their public relations.

October 16, 2006

I have liked John McCain ever since I met him almost a decade ago. At the time, I was writing a profile of then-Senator Fred Thompson, who was rumored to be considering a run for the presidency. I had been playing phone tag with the press secretaries of senators friendly with Thompson and was getting nowhere. I decided that, instead of calling McCain's office, I would drop by. I spoke to one of his aides, who asked me whether I had time to see the senator then.

American Catholicism
October 09, 2006

Monday, October 9 Dear Damon, On your blog, which you've recently shut down, you posted links to two diametrically opposed reviews of your new book, The Theocons: Secular America Under Siege. One, by Adrian Wooldridge in The New York Times, calls your tone "admirably restrained, dispassionate and scholarly when it could so easily have been rank and recriminatory." The other, by Commonweal Editor Paul Baumann, accuses you of being "exaggerated and alarmist," not to mention "tendentious" and "frequently cartoonish" in your portrait of your former compatriots on the religious right.

Quiet Riot
April 10, 2006

What does Jerry Falwell have in common with Paul Wolfowitz and Howard Dean? What links columnist George Will with The New Republic? All, according to a recently issued "working paper," a shortened version of which appeared in the London Review of Books, are agents of an amorphous but incalculably powerful "Israel Lobby." That same inscrutable organization, the paper alleges, has dictated the decisions of politicians from George W. Bush to Jimmy Carter and determined the content of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. The goal of the lobby?