<font size=“5”>Good Press for Jerry Falwell???</font>
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size=“1”>The Washington Post:</font><hr>LYNCHBURG, Va., Oct. 23—Conservative evangelist Jerry Falwell today apologized to an audience of 200 gays and lesbians “for not always loving homosexuals” but made clear in later remarks that his new initiative to build a bridge of friendship to the gay community is still in line with his fundamentalist Christian beliefs.
“My ultimate goal, I’ll make no bones about it, is to bring them out of the lifestyle and to the Lord,” Falwell told reporters following his afternoon meeting with a group led by his former ghostwriter turn gay activist, the Rev. Mel White.
Ignoring the shouts of about 40 anti-gay Baptists who demonstrated outside, some holding such signs as “Jerry And A Fairy Equal Sin,” members of Falwell’s Thomas Road Baptist Church and White’s gay rights organization, Soulforce, mingled at tables set up on the basketball court of Lynchburg Christian Academy.
Jerry may be finally growing up and mellowing out.
That isn’t journalism. It’s ping-pong.
—Bob Levey, Washington Post columnist