Holy Terrors: Thinking About Religion After September 11 Review

905 WordsApr 26, 20064 Pages
"I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say: " you helped this happen. This could be if we all fast and pray this could be god's call to revival" Jerry Falwell's thoughts on the September Eleventh terrorist attacks. The average person might hear all those words spoken out of hate and total disrespect. However in Fallwell's mind his religion deems those words not only necessacary but truthful. Fallwell according to his religious beliefs Fallwell does actually believe that the…show more content…
Both men touted themselves as protectors of the weak. They use their religious Maximalist views in their speeches appealing to other Maximalists of their shared religion. Bin Laden called for Islam to stand up and fight against the infidels. This is similar to Jerry Fallwell's call for a "revival." On September 13th 2001 Reverend Jerry Fallwell appeared on the 700 club, a religious television show, Fallwell is a staunche supporter of the Religious Right and the Moral Majority. One of the most analyzed tirades is located in the very beginning of my review. Where Fallwell attacks homosexuals, the ACLU, and various other "heretic" groups for playing a role in the Sept. 11 attacks. Claiming that because we had angered god, god had then lifted his "veil of protection" and allowed these attacks to happen. Fallwell concluded due to his religious beliefs that these actions, the planes crashing into the WTC buildings, for what the bible calls a time for religious revival. Changing the way we lead our lives because what we were currently doing had angered god so much that he allowed such atrocities to happen to prove a point. After the show aired and after receiving Scrutiny from the Lay Press, Fallwell made several recats to his tirade but never fully withdrew his statement. Lincoln finishes his book with the transcriptions of Fallwell, Bush, Bin Laden, and the instructions for the hijackers of Sept. 11th.
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