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OFFS pt. 2

Jerry Falwell's useful contribution to the current debate:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/2304179.stm.

"I think Mohammed was a terrorist. I read enough...by both Muslims and non-Muslims (to decide) he was a violent man, a man of war," Mr Falwell said.

"In my opinion, Jesus set the example for love, as did Moses, and I think Mohammed set an opposite example."

Mr Falwell is well-known for his inflammatory statements.

Last year, he was widely criticised for saying pagans, abortionists, feminists, gays and civil liberties groups had contributed to the moral decay of the United States, angering God who allowed the 11 September attacks to happen.

He later apologised.
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He is a right piece of work, isn't he?

Scarily though, that latter view was being spouted by several fundamentalist types after he started the ball rolling. I think the daughter of Billy Graham - am I remembering right? -- I think she was one of them.

She sounded all gentle, and sat there on CNN looking all calm and decorous (that is where I saw it, though I am a trifle unsure of which fundamentalist she was or why we should care), and said in sweet southern tones that "God is a gentleman. He doesn't stay where he is not wanted," and extrapolated, in her lilting, ladylike accent, that we had flung him out of America and this was our just desserts.