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Jerry Lamon Falwell, Sr.
Born: August 11, 1933(1933-08-11), Lynchburg, Virginia
Died: May 15, 2007, Lynchburg, Virginia
Cause of death: Cardiac arrhythmia
Notable because: A strong supporter of racial segregation, in the 80's urged his followers to buy Krugerands to support the South African government against US sanctions, and called Desmond Tutu a 'phony'. After 911 blamed the incident on the pagans, the abortionists, the feminists, the gays and the lesbians for trying to secularize America.
Jerry Falwell was an American evangelical Christian pastor, televangelist, and a controversial conservative commentator. He was the founding pastor of the Thomas Road Baptist Church, a megachurch in Lynchburg, Virginia. He founded Liberty University in 1971 and co-founded the Moral Majority in 1979.
Falwell led services at Thomas Road for many years. During his tenure, it changed affiliations from Baptist Bible Fellowship International to the mainly conservative Southern Baptist Convention, and Falwell himself ended his self-identification with fundamentalism in favor of evangelicalism.
Falwell's legacy today is strongly mixed, and often a source of heated controversy. Supporters praise his advancement of his socially conservative message. Many of his detractors have accused him of hate speech and identified him as an "agent of intolerance", finding fault with his views on LGBT people, Judaism and Islam, his support of racial segregation during the Civil Rights Movement, and his controversial statements blaming gays, feminists, pagans and abortionists for the September 11 attacks. These controversies, however, never bothered him during his lifetime, and he often stated, "I'm not called to be popular; I'm called to be faithful."
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