Jerry Falwell died this morning in his office at Liberty University. He was 73. A powerful, if hysterical, voice of the Christian right, he founded Liberty University in 1971, and founded the Moral Majority in 1979. After the terrorist attacks on 9/11, he blamed the left for the attacks on Pat Robertson's 700 Club show:
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.'
He also funded The Clinton Chronicles, a "documentary" that actually tried to suggest President Clinton was involved in a vast cocaine smuggling operation.