In Defense of Jerry Falwell, Jr’s “Theological” Apostasy

In Defense of Jerry Falwell, Jr’s “Theological” Apostasy

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Salon.com said Jerry Falwell, Jr, president of Liberty University and son of Jerry Falwell, Sr, “had a very bad week”. Other left-wing rags echoed in.

You see, Falwell and other evangelical leaders have refused to condemn Donald Trump based on an allegation about some porn star named Stormy Daniels having had a fling with him while married to Melania.

This is why I’ve always been a fan of Salon, HuffPo, Vox, Newsweek, et al, for they are always interested in my soul even as they don’t believe in morality, or the soul, so don’t have to squirm over issues such as extramarital sex. To them, morality is like acne, it’s a skin condition about which one can stand from a distance and poke fun.

Law: Unlike those of the political world those in the spiritual world are far more nuanced in their judgments as they are taught to hate the sin but love the sinner.

This is why we are enjoined to love a couple of editors at National Review, David French and Jonah Goldberg, who joined in to echo the chorus at Salon, by chastising Mr Falwell for finding “forgiveness” of an “alleged” sin of doing the down-and-dirty with a women who apparently made a living being down-and-dirty. Their crimes; theological apostasy and rationalization.

Mine? Well, theological apostasy and rationalization.

“Judge not lest ye be judged” Jerry Falwell is quoted as quoting. None of the writers acknowledged, and those at National Review should know better, is that Jerry Falwell Jr is not a minister of the church, or even a seminary graduate, but rather a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School (where I did my Army legal training in the early 70s), and a fine law school it is.

And at UVA and in most courtrooms, the legal version of Christ’s “Judge not” admonition is “Judge not until there’s some real evidence offered.”

Since the Harvey Weinstein story broke, and actually the Russia probe into Trump collusion as well, we’ve been treated to what has become a mainstay in media reporting, and that is the power of the unproven allegation; the condemnation of people by facts not yet in evidence. A favorite subject of mine, actually, I’ve made a lot of reassessments of some of my favorite writers and publications based solely on their ability to “rationalize” (Goldberg’s words, not mine) their understanding of unproven allegations into near morally-certain  probabilities, and then move ahead armed with a vision of truth no one else around them has. Jonah’s right, it can rise to disease-level in short order, and there is actually no vaccine that can contain it. We just have to let it run its course.

Still, we try.

In Jerry Falwell’s case, he followed his secular legal training correctly, but with the added ability to cap it off with Scripture. A two-fer, only the onionheads on the Left never caught on. But neither did our be(k)nighted friends at NR, who should’ve known better. I think someone out there should send Mssrs French and Goldberg #MeToo ribbons to pin on their NeverTrump sash at the St Patrick’s Day Parade in March[…]

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