Falwell Wages War on Two Fronts Against Celebrities, Committed Gay Couples
Right-wing powerhouse Jerry Falwell, who earlier this summer took Angelina Jolie to task for “having babies and making headlines all over the world,” offered his Lynchburg, Virginia congregation and television audience this Sunday a further critique of celebrities who he claims “hate America”:
I don’t know why anybody would go to a Hollywood movie with a Johnny Depp or any of those guys who hate America. You know, I just—it’s just unreal. If you hate the country, go somewhere else! And the Dixie Chicks, I call them the French Hens. [APPLAUSE]
When you talk about my country and about my president, you lose my support, and my respect. And that’s what the—the common people in this country are still right on family.
While the connection between “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and same-sex marriage is less than clear, Falwell used his attack on celebrities who criticize President Bush to segue to Virginia’s upcoming vote on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, which he urged his congregation to vote for.