August 27th, 2013
03:08 PM ET
9 years ago

Crossfire Classic: Falwell opposes MLK day in 1983

Crossfire returns to CNN this fall. As we prepare for the re-launch, we’ve dug into our archives and found some classic –and controversial- moments that are worth seeing again. Crossfire host Van Jones has a 1983 classic featuring Rev. Jerry Falwell, that’s especially timely with the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech.

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  1. Gurgy

    Get rid off that color nonsense first.

    August 27, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine


    Really, I do not care what JF thought about MLK. I personally respect MLK's stand, but the way CNN portrayed JF objections in their tag line, they made it sound like it he was an EVIL man to object to having a dream. When that is NOT what he said at all. JF is opposing it based on sealed records (there was a time when heroes were meant to be honest and clean, unlike today's heroes). Had they unsealed MLK's records, then JF and the world may have changed his/their mind(s). To defame him while he's gone is in poor taste but then again you media type and moral deficient progressives are famous at poor taste ie Tsarnaev on cover of Rolling Stones. Great people have objected in this generation to that fact of what Rolling Stones did. But the next generation of know-it-all progressives and enlightened media types may be so enlighten that they hold him up as a hero despite the facts of his UNSEALED records!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Falwell had a well-documented dislike for blacks regardless of where they were from. He called for support of South Africa's Apartheid regime, even going so far to encourage his flock to buy up gold Krugerraands, the gold coins the Apartheid regime minted and released on the world gold market in an effort to get cash to purchase weapons. Did he ever apologise for supporting a regime that was race-based? Never. He regarded Mandela and King as people who needed to be kept down, and he never made a secret of that. Maybe he privately changed his views on race late in life, but he never publically admitted that he aided and abetted the Apartheid regime, even going so far as to call Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize Winner for his work in trying to to end apartheid, "a phony". Tutu showed more courage in opposing FW DeClerk then Falwell ever showed.

    August 27, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. philojazz

    Thank you for reminding us what an evil man Mr Falwell was

    August 27, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    All black voters should remember this GOP loser showing the true colors of the GOP biggots, vote dem, the GOP still has the same values or lack any !!!!

    August 27, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. phil

    This was a clip from 30 yrs ago and while I do not agree that we should not have a holiday for Dr King, all he is saying that there might be better individuals and his records should be opened. Plus he changed his stance on many things over the years.
    Amazing how the left will make every excuse for epeople on their side. Senator Robert Byrd for example was a Grand Kleagle who recruited teens for the Klan yet he was beloved by The Democrats. Al Gores father as was George Wallace both Democrats were Segregationists yet praised and loved by democrats cause only democrats are allowed to change their minds. Heck If it were not for Republcians the Civil RIghts Act would never have passed. Because the majority of Democrats voted again it.

    August 27, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Lara Avara

    My mother listened to his radio sermons in the 1950s. He was an outspoken, strident supporter of Jim Crow. What would Jesus do? Don't these bigoted, backwards, religious fanatics ever read Jesus's sermon on the mount?

    August 27, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Wake up People!

    Look at that face. If you look the word redneck up in the dictionary, you will see his picture. All of them have it. It's like that Gomer Pyle look with a lot of smugness added in.

    August 27, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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