Saturday, May 28, 2005

On Goldwater and Falwell

Thanks to Buzz Flash for posting a link to an old Arizona Republic report about how Barry Goldwater, a "Conservative pioneer became an outcast" in the Republican Party.

I'm particularly grateful to the article for calling attention to a 1981 quotation from Goldwater --

"I think every good Christian ought to kick Falwell right in the ass."


Dr. Mike Kear said...

That is a beautiful quote. Brings a tear to my eye... or at least a smile to my lips!



Xpatriated Texan said...

The quote was actually in response to a question. Goldwater was asked what he thought about Jerry Falwell saying, "Every good Christian should line up to oppose the appointment of Sandra Day O'Connor to the Supreme Court."

Goldwater, who had recently learned that his son (I believe) was gay and had begun to question the strict anti-everything agenda of the Religious Right said, "I think every good Christian should line up to kick Jerry Falwell in the ass."

It is, indeed, one of the finest sentences in the English language.