Comments by Religious Right Leaders
on Sept. 11th Attacks
Robertson’s Statement Regarding Terrorist Attack on America:
focus of many in America has been on the pursuit of health, wealth,
material pleasures and sexuality. Sadly, those in the churches have been
as self-indulgent as those in the world.
We have allowed rampant pornography on the Internet, and rampant
secularism and the occult, etc. to be broadcast on television. We have
permitted somewhere in the neighborhood of 35-40 million unborn babies
to be slaughtered by our society.
We have a court that has essentially stuck its finger in God's eye and
said, "We are going to legislate You out of the schools and take Your
commandments from the courthouses in various states. We are not going to
let little children read the commandments of God. We are not going to
allow the Bible or prayer in our schools."
We have insulted God at the highest level of our government. Then, we
say, "Why does this happen?" It is happening because God Almighty is
lifting His protection from us. Once that protection is gone, we are
vulnerable because we are a free society.
Don't ask why did it happen. It happened because people are evil. It
also happened because God is lifting His protection from this nation and
we must pray and ask Him for revival so that once again we will be His
people, the planting of His righteousness, so that He will come to our
defense and protect us as a nation. That is what I want to see and why
we say we must have revival.
And Lord, we pray for our nation. We have sinned against Almighty God.
At the highest level of government we have stuck our finger in Your eye.
The Supreme Court has insulted You over and over again, Lord. They have
taken Your Bible away from the schools. They have forbidden little
children to pray. Organizations have gone to court to take the knowledge
of God out of the public squares of America. Then people say, "Why isn't
God looking after us."
Falwell and Pat Robertson, on The 700 Club, Sept. 13:
FALWELL: The ACLU's got to take a lot of blame for this.
ROBERTSON: Well, yes.
FALWELL: And, I know that I'll hear from them for this. But, throwing
God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing
God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have
got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And
when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I
really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists,
and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an
alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way - all of
them who have tried to secularize America - I point the finger in their
face and say "you helped this happen."
ROBERTSON: Well, I totally concur, and the problem is we have adopted
that agenda at the highest levels of our government. And so we're
responsible as a free society for what the top people do. And, the top
people, of course, is the court system.
Press release issued by Pat Robertson, Sept. 17:
Falwell “uttered a political statement of blame directed at certain
segments of the population that was severe and harsh in tone, and,
frankly, not fully understood by the three hosts of The 700 Club. …
Robertson said on Fox News’ The Edge that he considered the remarks
“WHY I SAID WHAT I SAID,” released by Jerry
Falwell, Sept. 17:
Despite the impression some may have from news reports over the past
several days, I hold no one other than the terrorists, and the
people and nations who have enabled and harbored them, responsible
for the September 11 attacks on this nation
I sincerely regret that comments I made during a theological
discussion on a Christian television program were taken out of their
context and reported, and that my thoughts - reduced to sound bites
- have detracted from the spirit of this time of mourning.
I had no intention of being divisive. I was sharing my burden for
revival in America on a Christian TV program, intending to speak to
a Christian audience from a theological perspective about the need
for national repentance. In retrospect, I should have mentioned the
national sins without mentioning the organizations and persons by
I stated the deep concerns of millions of American evangelicals over
America's sharp spiritual decline during the past generation.…
Because of our national moral and spiritual decline during the past
35 years, I expressed my personal belief that we have displeased the
Lord and incurred his displeasure.
I was asking a Christian audience on a Christian TV program to …
My mistake on the "700 Club" was doing this at the time I did it, on
television, where a secular media and audience were also listening.
And as I enumerated the sins of an unbelieving culture, because of
very limited time on the "700 Club," I failed to point the finger at
a sleeping, prayerless and carnal church. We believers must also
acknowledge our sins, repent, and fast and pray for national
And if, in (a very senstivie period of national mourning) that
crucial context, my statements seemed harsh and ill-timed, I truly
regret this and apologize.
Danny Eason, president AFA of Texas:
Our country was founded on the foundation of Jesus Christ by men and
women who were willing to give their lives to worship in freedom as
Christians. However, over the years we as Americans had become
complacent and comfortable in our way of life. In 225 years we have
allowed prayer to be taken out of our schools, the Ten Commandments
stripped from the walls of our schools because we are afraid that
our children might read them, contemplate on them, and then might
We have seen millions of innocent, unborn children lose their lives
due to abortion.
We have seen the homosexual life style accepted to the point that it
is recognized as a normal way of life and we now have special laws
to give them protection that other Americans do not have. Both of
these are things that God says he will spew us out of his mouth for
accepting and in past history God has destroyed societies for such
We have seen judges threatened to be removed from their benches
because they refused to take the Ten Commandments off the walls of
We have seen pornography run rampant in our society through
Hollywood on television and the big screen. Through magazines and
music, forced on our society and our children.
We have seen the family, the very foundation of society, destroyed
because the sanctity of marriage is no longer sacred. Infidelity and
divorce are committed every day and accepted not only within our
society but also within the Church.
America was and still is a Christian Nation and on Tuesday America
was brought to its knees and has turned its face toward God.
There is such an awesome opportunity for Christians to now share the
Gospel with those that do not have a personal relationship with
Jesus Christ. Just as the United States is about to rise up its army
to stamp out terrorism it is time for the Christians like you and
me, the army of Jesus Christ, to rise up and stamp out the
progressions of Satan in a lost and evil world. I hope and pray that
we as Christians will not become comfortable and complacent again
and allow Satan to rear up his ugly head and take control of our
nation once again. We have the opportunity to make our voices loud
and say that we are not going to allow the transgressions mentioned
earlier to continue to run rampant in our Country any longer.
Dr. James Merritt, president of the Southern
The world has witnessed first hand today the terrible effects of sin
and Satan’s handiwork in the brutal killing of many innocent people.
I call on Southern Baptists all over the world to pray for the
families of all involved whose lives have been touched by this
terrible chain of events. Our SBC family has been reminded again
that the only hope for this world is the saving grace of our Lord
Jesus Christ. I pray that many would turn to the truth of the Gospel
and that believers everywhere would sense a new urgency to bring
people to a saving knowledge of God’s Son."
Family Research Council, Sept. 13:
There is a terrible beauty in the bond that draws us together as
Americans. How different is this spirit from the idolatry of self
that has been preached by some for far too long. Americans are not
rising up to defend the right to slaughter the unborn. They are not
sacrificing their lives so homosexuals can marry. They are not
paying the ultimate price so pornographers can peddle their smut. In
such difficult days, Americans are sacrificing for those things that
promote the common good- faith, family, freedom.
Concerned Women for America, Sept. 21, 2001:
Amid the talk of unity and moral renewal, liberals are trying to
rush through perhaps the most divisive agenda in America: “gay
They are hoping that nobody will dare to oppose them for fear of
being called—what else?—‘divisive,’” said Robert Knight, director of
CWA’s Culture and Family Institute.
Between them, Ted Kennedy (D - Massachusetts) and Jim Kolbe (R -
Arizona) are promoting “gay marriage,” a “gay” jobs bill and “hate
crime” measures that promote “sexual orientation” as equivalent to
“While the nation mourns and prepares for war, homosexual activists
and their allies are trying to capitalize by jamming through their
agenda,” Knight said. “President Bush should not have to deal with
hot-button social issues right now. Americans need to tell their
elected representatives to stop this opportunistic assault on
Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, chairman, Traditional
Values Coalition, 10-4-01:
“[Relief organizations] should be first giving priority to those
widows who were at home with their babies, and those widowers who
lost their wives,” Sheldon said. “It should be given on the basis
and priority of one man and one woman in a marital relationship.”
Sheldon added: “This is just another example of how the gay agenda
is seeking to overturn the one man-one woman relationship from
center stage in America, taking advantage of this tragedy.”