Falwell admits Hillary Clinton slur; claims it was a joke

By DENA POTTER

The Rev. Jerry Falwell acknowledged on Sunday saying that if Hillary Rodham Clinton were the Democrats’ presidential nominee in 2008, it would motivate conservative evangelical Christians to oppose her more than if the devil himself were running.


Falwell said in a telephone interview that his comments to several hundred pastors and religious activists at the "Value Voter Summit" conference were "totally tongue-in-cheek."

"I certainly hope that Hillary is the candidate," Falwell said at a breakfast session Friday in Washington. "I hope she’s the candidate, because nothing will energize my (constituency) like Hillary Clinton," he said. "If Lucifer ran, he wouldn’t."

Clinton press secretary Philippe Reines said Sunday, "Working for someone who believes in the Golden Rule, we’re not going to engage in such vitriolic discourse — but it seems that a new low has been reached in demonizing political opponents."

Falwell told the AP that he did not intend to demonize the former first lady. "That was totally tongue-in-cheek and everyone in the building knew that and everyone laughed," Falwell said.

Falwell said religious conservatives do not favor Clinton for several reasons, but mostly because she is pro-choice on abortion, "the cutting-edge issue for social conservatives."

"I just think that she has enough of a record before our people now to bring most of them to the polls," Falwell said.

The Rev. Barry Lynn, director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said, "I don’t know why Jerry Falwell always has to drag politics into the gutter."

Lynn, whose advocacy group scrutinizes the religious right and was monitoring last week’s conference, added, "Maybe the devil made him do it."

Attendees also were assured during the prayer breakfast that God would preserve a Republican majority in Congress.

Falwell would not say what he thought would happen in 2008 if Clinton were not the nominee.

"In ’08, I think that’s too far ahead to know what’s going to happen in the domestic and foreign policy issues," Falwell said in the interview.

"In my opinion, the big issue then will be what the big issue is today, and that is national security and the war on terrorism at home and abroad. I don’t think anybody doubts that the Republicans have a better record and a better commitment to national security than the Democrats do," Falwell said.

His remarks were first reported in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times.

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Associated Press writer Jim Drinkard contributed to this report.


22 Responses to "Falwell admits Hillary Clinton slur; claims it was a joke"

  1. Susan  September 25, 2006 at 4:14 pm

    And herein lies the supidity of the american voter.

    Falwell said religious conservatives do not favor Clinton for several reasons, but mostly because she is pro-choice on abortion, “the cutting-edge issue for social conservatives.”

  2. Joe Lawrence  September 25, 2006 at 5:14 pm

    Mr. Falwell is a hypocrite of the first magnitude, and he is a willing dupe for any right-wing lunacy coming down the pike – to almost as extreme a degree as are the faux journalists at the laughable and pathetic Fox News Channel.

    End of story.

  3. Sandy Price  September 25, 2006 at 5:37 pm

    The day Jerry Falwell develops a sense of humor will be the day I will win the Miss America pageant!

  4. Bill C  September 25, 2006 at 5:42 pm

    Doesn’t Falwell understand that the devil is already in the White House.
    Evangelicals like him are the the biggest hipocrates on the planet.
    George Bush has murdered tens of thousands of Iraqis and American troops with his illicit war based on lies. Tens of thousands more than abortion…and, in only three years.
    It would be laughable if it wasn’t so sad.

  5. David Rosenberg  September 25, 2006 at 8:22 pm

    Falwell is an idiot, he has proven that many times over. Who listens to him anyway? THe old people in the South that support his rambilings since they know no better.
    Lucifer has takened residence in the White House, doesn’t Jerry keep up with current events? The conservateves are already turned off of bush so, I guess they won’t be voting at all come ’08.

  6. bill d  September 25, 2006 at 9:00 pm

    Wow:

    it is amazing to me that anyone pays attention to what this right wing hypocrite has to say. He throws out the pro choice argument whenever it suits him. I am a pro life democrat but i am pro life all the way i am against abortion the death penalty and for programs that promote life and values. Sadly people like Falwell cause the entire Christioan community to be painted with the same brush. In fact Falwell only represents the rich white wing of the Christian. community.

    The anti abortion pro life argument is a tried one. You cannot be pro life if you support the death penalty and unjust war. You cannot be pro life if you chose to support the decimation of our planet. being pro life is more than being anti abortion.

    I cringe whenever people tell me that GW is a Christian when his policies are anything but. His administration is a anti life one. His policies on te environment, taxes, national security etc are not based on Christian values but on corporate values.

    I voted for Bill clinton twice and am proud of it. I voted for him becasue as a Christian he represented those policies that were closer to my beliefs than that of the republican party. In fact under Clinton abortions declined because of programs he put in place to empower people . Under Bush abortions have increased kind of odd for a “pro Life” prsident.

    People who vote on one issue only fall into the trap that brought a dictator to power in Germany in 1938. Sadly it seems to me that this country has lost a great deal with GW in power. If Falwell was a true religous leader he would stay out of politics and lead his flock down the path of good instead of supporting the status quo.

  7. MiriamT  September 25, 2006 at 10:20 pm

    What always amazes me is when they say something and then try to say it was a joke.

    He should stand by what he said. I agree with thim wholeheartedly. She is worse then satan.

    And if she aske me if I said that I would say yes.

    And I notice my opinion is unpopular with thos comments before me. Obviously she has everyone snowed .

  8. Fred L  September 26, 2006 at 1:00 am

    I call Falwell and his ilk “Christians without Christ” Brian D McLaren calls the biggest obstacle to Christianity is the organized church and I agree.

  9. bill w  September 26, 2006 at 1:06 am

    “Tongue-in cheek”?
    More like “foot-in-mouth”

  10. mike c  September 26, 2006 at 1:44 am

    No doubt about it here. IRS should REVOKE FALWELL’S TAX EXEMPT STATUS! When you use a religious organization to meddle in politics in the support or comdemnation of a (potential) candidate, you violate IRS regulations for tax exempt status for religious organizations. This would be such a great contribution to our deficit when you consider all the millions of tax free contributions that Falwell bilks from his supporters, leaving some of the most frail and senior of our gullible citizens to eat cat food in exchange for a “pay-for-prayer”. Where in the bible is there any reference to paying for a prayer anyway?!?? Again, Falwell’s tax exempt status should be carefully reviewed in light of this weekend’s incident!!

  11. Karen  September 26, 2006 at 3:19 am

    More like foot meeting his head at his rectal oriface! We could probably find the devil if we looked hard enough and send him for a visit. That ought to clean out this nut ball’s system!

  12. JimZ  September 26, 2006 at 7:32 am

    I have to agree somewhat with MiriamT (not everyone disagrees) and Jerry, but they are off the mark in descriptive language. Don’t worry, I don’t agree with Jerry Falwell on much of anything, and think he’s a looney hypocrite (sp?) phoney Christian millionaire, but to make a point, Hillary has proven herself over the years to basically stand for nothing. She’s not really a liberal, she’s not really a conservative, she knows how to play the fence and stand for nothing.

    It makes me want to vomit sometimes when the Democratic Party parades her around as who someone who is Presidential material. I have nothing against voting for a woman for President. I just don’t think Hillary is who I would vote for, and would definitely vote 3rd party if my choice was her or just about any corrupt monster the GOP would likely field in the 2008 election (do I hear Frist? Ugh).

    All these years of listening to rabid right-wingers foaming at the mouth about Hillary, making her out to be the super-liberal is just a bunch of crap. Guess they have to beat up on somebody. After all, that’s what they DO.

  13. rbank  September 28, 2006 at 4:37 am

    Didn’t Jesus say, “many will come in my name but you will know them by their works?” Didn’t he also say, “As you do onto the least of these, you do onto me?” JErry and his friends with their lies and scare machine have given us the antichrist. They should be proud. THey do nothing to help the poor woman who has to decide to if she should have a baby or not. I find it interesting that the same people who scream about abortion in America think nothing of Isriel dropping a bomb on a day old baby. At least the day one baby was loved and wanted. No child should be born if they are not wanted. The abuse an unwanted child recieves kills their souls.

  14. Shag  September 25, 2006 at 1:29 am

    He’s a lying ass. There was no joke intended. He one of the patriarchal bastards who just believe women belong at home, period.

  15. El Diablo  September 25, 2006 at 5:19 am

    My lying fat friend Reverend Falwell will be well taken care of as he deserves. I have already set the burners to extra crispy. The fat ones sizzle and burn the brightest! Also if you are fashion conscious you might be interested in what he will be wearing for eternity…? Charcoal pants and a smoking jacket.

  16. JimZ  September 25, 2006 at 6:56 am

    Hey El Diablo, is it true you were at the United Nations last week? :)

  17. Bill  September 25, 2006 at 7:23 am

    Amen, Sisters and Brothers! I wonder why the IRS isn’t after him – maybe because he voted for Bush. He ranks right up with Pat Robertson in the lie department and then denys that he said it, doesn’t remember saying that, it was just a joke, etc. They are the worst at lieing for power and money. The christian right followers must either be a stupid lot or they just don’t read anything other than what is printed at church.

  18. Joe  September 25, 2006 at 12:54 pm

    The joke is Falwell. But what can we expect from an Evangel-facist?

  19. Sandra  September 25, 2006 at 3:02 pm

    Falwell and the rest of his ilk should serve as the perfect example that not Muslims are terrorists. If that were true, then all Christians would be narrow-minded, sexist bigots like Falwell.

  20. Steve Horn  September 25, 2006 at 3:12 pm

    Falwell … I find it interesting when people like Falwell define others as being good or evil – after all – as a Christian shouldn’t he be accepting of everyone without hesitation or prejudice? Whom would Christ have excluded from his ministries? The gay? The disabled? The downtrodden? Those who didn’t have the means to tithe? Doubtful. It’s not for Falwell, if he is a true Christian, to judge, is it???

    http://www.deadwinorecords.com

  21. Dale Anderson  September 25, 2006 at 3:16 pm

    Falwell is right. There probably isn’t a candidate that would energize the religous right more than Hillary. One only has to look how obsessed folks on the right were when Bill was in office to realize there’s a lot of truth in that statement.

  22. BarkLeigh  September 25, 2006 at 4:10 pm

    I wonder if these so called great Christian men, these spiritual leaders, these televangelists with a global audience, ever consider the very real possibility that their smugness and hatefulness have made far more people shun and disdain Jesus and Christianity than embrace it.

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