Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Jerry Falwell Sermon - The Joke

One major difference between Jerry Falwell and many other celebrities in the religious right (Pat Robertson, Paul Crouch, James Dobson, and even Billy Graham) is that Falwell was a working pastor with his own congregation, the Thomas Road Baptist Church.

I wanted to look at Jerry Falwell's last sermon to see what he said, but it turns out that his last sermon was given on Mother's Day, so you know what he (and every other Christian pastor) talked about then. So I went back to his May 6 sermon.

Falwell being Falwell, he opened the sermon with a joke:

There was a rumor circulating in Washington some time ago that Osama Bin Laden had died and gone to Heaven. As the story goes, when he arrived in Paradise, Osama was greeted by George Washington who slapped him across the face and yelled, “How dare you attack the nation I helped conceive!” Patrick Henry then punched him in the nose and shouted, “You wanted to end America’s liberty, but you failed!”

James Madison appeared, kicked him and said, “This is why I ordered the government to provide for the common defense.”

Bin Laden was subjected to similar beatings from James Randolph, James Monroe, Thomas Jefferson, and 66 other early Americans. As he writhed in pain on the ground, an angel appeared. Bin Laden said to the Angel, “This was not what I was promised.”

To which the angel replied, “I told you there would be 72 Virginians waiting for you. What did you think I said?”

But then he continued.


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