Today is, of course, the 5th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Centers. While we are remembering how that day made us feel – and it’s a day etched in my memory in extraordinary detail – let us also keep in mind that some of the most influential religious right leaders immediately tried to put the blame on everyone they hate. Here’s Jerry Falwell on the 700 Club speaking to Pat Robertson on September 13th:
And, I know that I’ll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. 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.”
5 years later, I still get mad as hell at the thought of that self-righteous son of a bitch shoveling out that irrational drivel to his ignorant followers. And it makes me equally angry to see Pat Robertson’s response:
Well, I totally concur, and the problem is we have adopted that agenda at the highest levels of our government. And so we’re responsible as a free society for what the top people do. And, the top people, of course, is the court system.
Apparently it never occured to these two breathless demagogues that the people who bombed those towers are on their side in their hatred of homosexuals and feminists and pagans.