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Jerry Falwell re "Vote Christian in 2008" Flap: The ADL Must Be Fundraising

Reported by Melanie - August 10, 2005

On Monday, the Anti-Defamation League,

strongly criticized the recent appeal by Reverend Jerry Falwell for his constituency to "vote Christian in 2008" and urged him to retract his "divisive and un-American" call to action.

Jerry Falwell was a guest today (August 10, 2005) on Your World w/Neil Cavuto.

Falwell said that on November 30, 2004, the re-formed Moral Majority sent out a letter that said don't vote Republican, don't vote Democrat, "vote Christian in 2008." He said someone immediately pointed out that the "vote Christian" line was "going to be misunderstood" so, Falwell said, "we stashed it." He said he and Abraham Foxman, the head of the ADL, whom Falwell referred to as "Abe," are good friends and Falwell just can't understand why "Abe" didn't pick-up the phone and call, instead of releasing the statement.

Falwell said, "I think it's because this is August. It's a slow month for non-profits and the ADL, maybe it's a good fundraising thing. I don't know." A little later, after reiterating that "Abe" should have called, he said, "There have to be some fundraising ideas behind it and I don't blame them for that. It's a slow summer."

Comment: Ah yes, the ever-present blame-the-messenger defense. And why didn't Cavuto ask the real question: why Falwell would advocate something so contradictory to our centuries-old ideal of the separation of church and state. Hey Fox, isn't that unpatriotic?

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