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Jerry Falwell Jr, Jerry Falwell Sr, Religious Right Research

The last time we heard from Ergun Caner, the president of Liberty University’s seminary, he was riding around his Lynchburg, Va., campus on Election Day in a truck (accompanied by a GOP elephant made out of chicken wire) urging students to vote for Republican candidates.

Americans United asserted that Caner’s overt electioneering was just another example of the fundamentalist school’s […] Read More

Jerry Falwell Jr, Jerry Falwell Sr, Religious Right Research

Poor Jerry Falwell Jr.! The media in Lynchburg, Va., is being soooo mean to him. It breaks your heart to read about it.

You might recall that Falwell got himself in a bit of hot water the other day when it came to light that he had secretly videotaped a meeting between university representatives, the mayor and […] Read More

Church-State Milestones, Jerry Falwell Sr, Religious Right Research

U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy certainly led an interesting life. Known as a champion of the poor and downtrodden, he was also a powerful advocate for religious liberty and church-state separation who was adept at forging unlikely alliances with conservative Republicans.

One of the more unusual episodes in Kennedy’s life occurred on Oct. 3, 1983, when the senator spoke at what […] Read More

Church Politicking, Faith-Based Initiatives, Jerry Falwell Sr, Jonathan Falwell, Religious Right Research

Is Americans United for Separation of Church and State “one of the most dangerous organizations in America”?

Mat Staver seems to think so.

Staver, dean of the late Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University Law School and president of Liberty Counsel, went on a tiresome tirade about AU in today’s edition of One News Now, the wacky Wildmon family’s “news […] Read More

American Center for Law and Justice, American Family Association, Don Wildmon, Family Research Council, Focus On The Family, James Dobson, Jay Sekulow, Jerry Falwell Sr, Religious Right Research, Tony Perkins

I don’t know what kind of Supreme Court justice Sonya Sotomayor will turn out to be.

My hope is that she’s much in the vein as the man she will probably replace – David H. Souter.

But although I’m uncertain about Sotomayor’s views on separation of church and state, there’s one thing I know for sure: She deserves a fair […] Read More

Jerry Falwell Sr, Jonathan Falwell, Religious Right Research

Americans United reacted quickly when word spread recently that officials at Liberty University had revoked university recognition of a student Democratic Party club.

AU, noting that recognition and funding were still being extended to a Republican club on campus, asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the matter. Liberty University, as a tax-exempt institution, could not lawfully favor one […] Read More

Jerry Falwell Sr, Religious Right Research

A propensity toward prevarication seems to run in the Falwell family.

Americans United staffers used to repeatedly note that the Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr. once preached a sermon in which he said, “I hope to live to see the day, when, as in the early days of our country, there won’t be any public schools. The churches will have taken […] Read More

Church Politicking, Jerry Falwell Sr, Religious Right Research

Many young people these days tend to look at college in a utilitarian light: They ask, “What can I study that will land me a good job and lead to a comfortable life?”

I understand that impulse. But I’d also like to think there are other reasons for going to college – say, to expand your horizons. A good university […] Read More

Jerry Falwell Sr, Religious Right Research

The late Jerry Falwell’s son, Jonathan, is distraught over the state of our national ethics. In a recent column, he cited a report by the General Accounting Office (GAO) that found that some federal workers had illegally used tax funds to buy things like “Internet dating, tailor-made suits, lingerie [and] lavish dinners.”

No one in his or her right mind […] Read More

Church Politicking, Jerry Falwell Sr, Religious Right Research

To employ a turn-of-phrase we use in the South, Jonathan Falwell “sure takes after his daddy, doesn’t he?” Jonathan may not look much like Jerry, but he sure acts like him.

In his “Falwell Confidential” last week, the Lynchburg televangelist urged pastors to plunge neck-deep into partisan politics. He quoted Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and dean of the […] Read More

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