Because of Jerry Falwell’s impact on both the religious and political scene, and because he and his supporters are concerned that the mass communications media often distort his views, CHRISTIANITY TODAY met with him at Lynchburg, Virginia, for approximately two hours. Following are excerpts from the interview, which was tape-recorded and edited for publication. In it, Falwell answers questions frequently raised about Moral Majority, and about his own philosophy and goals.
The secular press seems eager to discredit Moral Majority. That’s got to hurt.
The press is very powerful; no one would question that. But I’m not afraid of the press. I cannot stop doing what I believe God wants me to do because of a concerted effort by liberal persons in the national news media to hurt us.
Where do you see Moral Majority going?
Moral Majority is going through its most rapid growth right now. The hostility of the national news media that you mentioned has really been the greatest thing that has happened to Moral Majority. I can’t say I enjoy being attacked—but it has helped the movement. People are far more perceptive than 10 years ago, and because of television, we are able to get through to them. Someone in the print media can make what you say sound the way he wants it to sound. This is not possible on “Face the Nation,” “Meet the Press,” or with Phil Donahue or Tom Snyder where we have been able to eyeball the people.
Are you going to keep hammering away at the same issues for the near future?
We’re going to keep banging. We’re going to recruit members. This was a good year, so we are trying to get organized, trying to get those loose cannons out there under control. We’re trying not to throw people out, but to educate and conserve people ...1
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