Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Tsk, Tsk, Tsk: Did 2001 Mark a Sea Change in the Right Wing's Willingness to Demonize Gay People? Maybe So, If Conservative Pundits' and Politicians' Responses to Jerry Falwell's Finger-Pointing Are Any Indication. (Far Right)

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Tsk, Tsk, Tsk: Did 2001 Mark a Sea Change in the Right Wing's Willingness to Demonize Gay People? Maybe So, If Conservative Pundits' and Politicians' Responses to Jerry Falwell's Finger-Pointing Are Any Indication. (Far Right)

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"God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve.... 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 finder in their face and say, `You helped this happen.'" --The Rev. Jerry Falwell, speaking to Pat Robertson on The 700 Club, September 13. Robertson immediately responded, "Well, I totally concur."

"The president believes that terrorists are responsible for these acts. He does not share those views, and believes that those remarks are inappropriate." --White House spokesman Ken Lisaius, as quoted by The New York Times, September 15

"All I can say is, I was profoundly embarrassed and disappointed by [Falwell's and Robertson's] comments. They can try to take them back all they want, but the bottom line is that their words are indefensible." --Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, on his Web site, September 17

"I think what Jerry Falwell said was really an abomination. …

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