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Falwell and Weyrich founded the Moral Majority in June 1979.
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Falwell and Weyrich
During a 1979 meeting, they urged televangelist Jerry Falwell to found Moral Majority ( a phrase coined by Weyrich ).
Falwell and founded
In 1956, at age 22, Falwell founded the Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, where he served as pastor.
In 1971, Jerry Falwell founded Liberty University, a Christian liberal arts university in Lynchburg, Virginia.
In 1979, Falwell founded the Moral Majority, which became one of the largest political lobby groups for evangelical Christians in the United States during the 1980s.
In February 1999, an unsigned article that media outlets attributed to Falwell was published in the National Liberty Journal – a promotional publication of the university he founded – claimed that the Teletubby named Tinky Winky was intended as a gay role model.
* Lynchburg, Virginia, home to Liberty University, the largest evangelical Christian university in the world, founded by Jerry Falwell in 1971.
Falwell retained his affiliation with the Baptist Bible Fellowship, and the church he founded in 1956, Thomas Road Baptist Church of Lynchburg, Virginia, is listed in the current BBFI directory.
The site was created by Chris Harper, who obtained his Master's Degree in English Literature from George Mason University in 1993 after being expelled from Liberty University ( founded by Jerry Falwell ) in 1989 for producing a satirical radio show which Liberty's administration found offensive.
It was founded as Lynchburg Baptist College in 1971 by Jerry Falwell, who was also Senior Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church.
The network was founded in 1979 as the National Christian Network, and took the name FamilyNet in 1988 under the ownership of Jerry Falwell.
Falwell and Moral
During his time as head of the Moral Majority, Falwell consistently pushed for Republican candidates and for conservative politics.
Among the American Christian leaders who spoke out in Moon's defense were conservative Jerry Falwell, head of Moral Majority, and liberal Joseph Lowery, head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Jerry Falwell, whose founding of the Moral Majority was a key step in the formation of the " New Christian Right "
The birth of the New Christian right, however, is usually traced to a 1979 meeting where televangelist Jerry Falwell was urged to create a " Moral Majority " organization.
Soon, Moral Majority became a general term for the conservative political activism of evangelists and fundamentalists such as Pat Robertson, James Robinson, and Jerry Falwell.
* Jerry Falwell ( 1933 – 2007 ), senior pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church and founder of the Moral Majority
Jerry Falwell, whose founding of the Moral Majority was a key step in the formation of the New Christian Right
The origins of the Moral Majority can be traced to 1976, when Jerry Falwell embarked on a series of “ I Love America ” rallies across the country to raise awareness of social issues important to Falwell.
Having already been a part of a well-established network of ministers and ministries, within a few years Falwell was favorably positioned to launch the Moral Majority.
The variety of resources available to the Moral Majority at its founding facilitated this rapid expansion, which included Falwell ’ s “ Old Time Gospel Hour ” mailing list.
The Moral Majority ’ s headquarters were in Lynchburg, Virginia, the same city where Falwell was the presiding minister of the nation ’ s largest independent Baptist church, Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Falwell was at the head of the Moral Majority and maintained an advisory board, constituting the organization ’ s primary leadership.
Falwell insisted the Moral Majority leadership also include Catholics and Jews, although not all members of the leadership approved of this inclusion.
By 1987, Falwell retired as the formal head of the Moral Majority, although he maintained an active and visible role within the organization.
Announcing the disbandment of the Moral Majority in 1989 in Las Vegas, Falwell declared, “ Our goal has been achieved … The religious right is solidly in place and … religious conservatives in America are now in for the duration .”
The Moral Majority was a relatively early supporter of Reagan, with Falwell announcing the organization ’ s endorsement of Reagan before the Republican convention.
After Reagan ’ s victory, Falwell announced Reagan ’ s success was directly due to the Moral Majority and others registering and encouraging church-goers to vote who had never before been politically active.
Although Robertson ’ s political platforms were extremely similar to the ones the Moral Majority supported, Falwell gave his organization ’ s endorsement to contender George H. W. Bush instead.
The tension between Falwell and Pat Robertson also affected the Moral Majority, as noted in the presidential elections section of this article.
In November 2004, Falwell revived the Moral Majority name for a new organization, the Moral Majority Coalition.
Falwell and June
In a special business meeting called by the board of deacons on June 3, 2007, Jonathan Falwell was unanimously elected by the congregation to assume his father's duties as senior pastor of the church.
Falwell and .
American ), has resulted in the political disposition that has been labeled the Christian right, whose most visible spokesmen have been figures like Jerry Falwell and the television evangelist Pat Robertson.
Later that summer, as donations sharply declined in the wake of Bakker's resignation and the end of the Bakkers ' popular PTL Club TV show, Falwell raised $ 20 million to help keep the Heritage USA Theme Park solvent, including a well-publicized waterslide plunge there.
Bakker's son, Jay, wrote in 2001 that the Bakkers felt betrayed by Falwell, whom they thought, at the time of Bakker's resignation, intended to help in Bakker's eventual restoration as head of the PTL ministry organization.
Jerry Lamon Falwell, Sr. ( August 11, 1933 – May 15, 2007 ) was an American evangelical fundamentalist Southern Baptist pastor, televangelist, and a conservative political commentator.
Falwell and twin brother Gene were born in the Farview Heights region of Lynchburg, Virginia, the son of Helen and Carey Hezekiah Falwell.
The Church went on to become a megachurch, and is now run by Jerry Falwell's son Jonathan Falwell, who serves in the same capacity as his father.
On his evangelist program The Old-Time Gospel Hour in the mid 1960s, Falwell regularly featured segregationist politicians like Lester Maddox and George Wallace.
In 1977, Falwell supported Anita Bryant's campaign, which was called by its proponents " Save Our Children ", to overturn an ordinance in Dade County, Florida prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and he supported a similar movement in California.
But 28 years later, in an appearance on MSNBC television, Falwell said he was not troubled by reports that the nominee for Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, John G. Roberts ( whose appointment was confirmed by the U. S. Senate ) had done volunteer legal work for homosexual rights activists on the case of Romer v. Evans.
Falwell told MSNBC's Tucker Carlson that if he were a lawyer, he too would argue for civil rights for LGBT people.