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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Falwell Says God Turned His Anger on America

WASHINGTON -- U.S. television evangelists Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, two of the most prominent voices of the religious right, said liberal civil liberties groups, feminists, homosexuals and abortion rights supporters bear partial responsibility for the terrorist attacks because their actions have turned God's anger against America.

"God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve," said Falwell, appearing Thursday on the Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club," hosted by Robertson.

"That's my feeling," Robertson responded. "I think we've just seen the antechamber to terror. We haven't even begun to see what they can do to the major population."

Falwell said the American Civil Liberties Union has "got to take a lot of blame for this." He then broadened his blast to include the federal courts and others. "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 ... 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.'"

People for the American Way transcribed the broadcast and said the comments ran counter to U.S. President George W. Bush's call for national unity. Ralph Neas, the group's president, called the remarks "absolutely inappropriate and irresponsible."

Robertson and others on the religious right gave critical backing to Bush last year when he was battling for the Republican nomination.

A White House official called the remarks "inappropriate" and added, "The president does not share those views."

Falwell was unrepentant, saying in an interview that he was "making a theological statement, not a legal statement."

"I put all the blame legally and morally on the actions of the terrorist," he said, adding that the "secular and anti-Christian environment left us open to our Lord's [decision] not to protect."