Here's Jerry Falwell's email on the subject.
The Christian Alliance is encouraging its members to send their own emails to Jerry Falwell. Here's mine.
Dear Rev. Falwell,
Your email in which you characterize the Christian Alliance for Progress as unChristian saddened me beyond words.
People of faith have always disagreed in their interpretations of Scripture, but I must ask myself if you and I are even reading the same Bible.
I have read the Gospels repeatedly, and the Jesus that we see there was a revolutionary, not a shill of the establishment or a tool of a political party. I would like to see the references that explain your Christ, the one you claim would support the war in Iraq. Your very email repeats the commandment "Thou shalt not kill." Does this privilege extend only to those in the womb and not to Iraqi civilians, or our own American soldiers?
You seem offended that our version of Christianity preaches love and dignity for all people. I am offended that your email reduces the beautiful message of Christianity to nothing more than hate against homosexuals and abortion. The Religious Right seems to feel that the only sins are sexual sins. I have always found it striking that Jesus protected the adulterous woman from the Pharisees who wished to stone her. And though the Religious Right consistently insists that homosexuality is the worst sin in the book, Jesus never even mentioned it. Jesus saved His wrath for the Pharisees and moneylenders, the ones who wished to control the practice of religion and profit from it.
Hate-filled screeds like yours make it nearly impossible for me to witness to my non-Christian friends. Instead, I feel like I must constantly apologize for the public face of Christianity, which seems more concerned with preaching hellfire and damnation to everyone who does not agree exactly with it than seeking to share the love of Christ with the world. How many have been driven away from God by the overwhelming hate of the Religious Right?
Yours is a faith that does not allow for disagreement. Tell me, Rev. Falwell, are you God? Then how can you know everything in His mind? I may be wrong in my interpretations of specific issues, but I look to Christ's example on issues like homosexuality, and find that he said "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." If I am wrong, it is because I strive to follow the example of Jesus Christ, a man who opened his arms to all, including those the religious leaders condemned as unworthy of life.
Ask yourself, Rev. Falwell, are you truly a Christian, or are you a modern-day Pharisee?
Of course, there's the question of why I'm even bothering, since I'm pretty sure trying to get Jerry Falwell to consider a different point of view is the verbal equivalent of beating your head against a brick wall, but I felt like I needed to put it down. Like, and this sounds awfully pretentious and that makes me feel guilty, but like someone might see it and it would make them think. Not that I think I'm brilliant or anything. But I just don't understand how people keep coming up with this crap. It doesn't even resemble what I believe in. Am I that far-out, or are they?
I've struggled with the question of what if I'm wrong? What if God really is what the Religious Right says He is, a being who hates homosexuals and liberals? And the conclusion I've reached is, if God is like that, a being who has nothing to do with the love Christ preached, I think I'd rather go to hell.
I'm sitting here at my desk halfway about to cry over it. There's nothing I can do to fix this.
And the thing that hurts me the most is that Michael's father, a man I adore, a man who has treated me better than my own father, is totally in with the Religious Right and would probably totally agree with everything Falwell said. And if I showed him what I just wrote and poured my heart into, he would tell me that I'm wrong. And that hurts.