Lynchburg Shouldn't Name A Highway Af...

Lynchburg Shouldn't Name A Highway After Jerry Falwell

There are 60 comments on the American Chronicle story from Feb 3, 2008, titled Lynchburg Shouldn't Name A Highway After Jerry Falwell. In it, American Chronicle reports that:

"The Virginia Senate voted unanimously to name a section of U.S. 460 in Lynchburg the Jerry Falwell Parkway. via American Chronicle

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Dottie Woods

AOL

#1 Feb 21, 2008
I was born and raised in Lynchburg, Va. but am ashamed to tell people where I am from for fear they will bring up Jerry Falwell. As far as I'm concerned he took a lovely town and ruined it. I used to work for the United Way in Lynchburg and people would come there from out of town who had signed over their homes to JF's church, but when they got to Lynchburg, he "didn't know them" and they were penniless. His son's new sports car was registered as owned by the church. I could go on and on. Just don't name our streets after this man.
Logan

Grand Rapids, MI

#2 Feb 28, 2008
You do realize lynchburg was voted nationally as one of the safest cities to live in, in the United States. Lynchburg has a low crime rate, business has increased tremedously because of the late DR. Falwell and Liberty University. Presidential candidates and other politicians have visited Lynchburg because of Dr. Falwell. Im sure your life is much more exemplerary than Dr. Falwell had lived his. Im sure you have done more for God, Country, and Lynchburg than Dr. Falwell. Post your feets here so we can boast together about your qualities and deeds. Look at other cities in the U.S. that havent had great conservative leaders, im sure they're doing much better than Lynchburg. If you were born and raised here you should save yourself from embarrassment and just move.
Forrest

United States

#3 Nov 18, 2008
Dont even refer to him as a Dr. True Falwell brought alot of business with LU. But this doesnt excuse is bigotry. There shouldnt be anything named after him

Since: Jan 08

Lynchburg, VA

#4 Nov 18, 2008
Jerry Falwell has done a lot for Lynchburg and I believe that it would be justified if a section of the Lynchburg Highway 460 be named after him. While Jerry Falwell may have said some bigoted statements, this does not balance out the good things he has done for Lynchburg, LU, Liberty students, and the conservatives around the United States. I am a student of Liberty University and I thank God for this University. I do not pretend to condone everything that Jerry Falwell has said, but I also can not ignore what he has done. He has reached a lot of people for Christ and founded a Godly church and university. In founding LU he also brought a lot of business and attention to Lynchburg that the city would not have otherwise had. I do not believe the bad things that he has said outweigh what he has done.
Glad I moved

Lynchburg, VA

#5 Nov 18, 2008
Too late on naming that section of the road. I would have thought that when they cut down all the trees on that mountain to make the hideous "LU" out of rocks that that would have been enough. I have a very hard time believing that God would have been happy about all the deforestation that took place for self-gratifying branding on that city. It's bad enough that you can see that eyesore all over Lynchburg, but now he has part of the highway named after him.

Since: Jan 08

Lynchburg, VA

#6 Nov 18, 2008
Glad I moved wrote:
Too late on naming that section of the road. I would have thought that when they cut down all the trees on that mountain to make the hideous "LU" out of rocks that that would have been enough. I have a very hard time believing that God would have been happy about all the deforestation that took place for self-gratifying branding on that city. It's bad enough that you can see that eyesore all over Lynchburg, but now he has part of the highway named after him.
I definitely agree about the LU sign, that was a major waste of time and money.
The Virginian

Arlington, VA

#7 Jul 20, 2009
I just drove through Lynchburg and could not believe that US 29 bears the name Jerry Falwell. Here of some of the comments made by this "Christian" man.

“Grown men should not be having sex with prostitutes unless they are married to them”

“I had a student ask me, "Could the savior you believe in save Osama bin Laden?" Of course, we know the blood of Jesus Christ can save him, and then he must be executed”

“Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions”

“AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals”

“Billy Graham is the chief servant of Satan in America”

“The idea that religion and politics don't mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country”

“If you're not a born-again Christian, you're a failure as a human being”

Textbooks are Soviet propaganda”

“The ACLU is to Christians what the American Nazi party is to Jews”

“It appears that America's anti-Biblical feminist movement is at last dying, thank God, and is possibly being replaced by a Christ-centered men's movement which may become the foundation for a desperately needed national spiritual awakening”

“The whole (global warming) thing is created to destroy America's free enterprise system and our economic stability”

“Homosexuality is Satan's diabolical attack upon the family that will not only have a corrupting influence upon our next generation, but it will also bring down the wrath of God upon America.”

“God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve”

“(re: 9/11 attacks) "...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 try to secularize America...I point the thing in their face and say you helped this happen."

“[homosexuals are] brute beasts...part of a vile and satanic system [that] will be utterly annihilated, and there will be a celebration in heaven.”

What would Jesus think?

Please remove the Jerry Falwell Parkway signs.
Purdue Grad

Yorktown, VA

#8 Jul 23, 2009
I would make a deal with Lynchburg & every city in the USA. If you take Martin Luther King's name off every street, who was nothing more than a bigot socialist who had sex in hotels with FBI recordings, name off streets, I can accept RT29.
Newport News--negroe fest of all the SE
Lynchburg Sojourner

Lynchburg, VA

#10 Jul 30, 2009
I'm not ashamed of Falwell drive -- the man followed the golden rule--- he who has the gold makes the rules. And as many little old ladies signed their houses over to him as is claimed, he problably had more social security and social services money than a whole city full of unemployed auto workers!
greg

Lynchburg, VA

#12 Aug 26, 2009
you do realize that on my street there are about 2 breaking and enterings a week, and ive been robbed three times thats more than enough for me then i have to deal with psycho christians telling me of their beliefs i can't smoke a cigar without crazies trying to convert me you and your liberty university is evil i hope that god causes an earthquake and burries liberty
Logan wrote:
You do realize lynchburg was voted nationally as one of the safest cities to live in, in the United States. Lynchburg has a low crime rate, business has increased tremedously because of the late DR. Falwell and Liberty University. Presidential candidates and other politicians have visited Lynchburg because of Dr. Falwell. Im sure your life is much more exemplerary than Dr. Falwell had lived his. Im sure you have done more for God, Country, and Lynchburg than Dr. Falwell. Post your feets here so we can boast together about your qualities and deeds. Look at other cities in the U.S. that havent had great conservative leaders, im sure they're doing much better than Lynchburg. If you were born and raised here you should save yourself from embarrassment and just move.
greg

Lynchburg, VA

#13 Aug 26, 2009
you do realize that liberty has a high AIDS count, cant be to holy
someone06028878 wrote:
Jerry Falwell has done a lot for Lynchburg and I believe that it would be justified if a section of the Lynchburg Highway 460 be named after him. While Jerry Falwell may have said some bigoted statements, this does not balance out the good things he has done for Lynchburg, LU, Liberty students, and the conservatives around the United States. I am a student of Liberty University and I thank God for this University. I do not pretend to condone everything that Jerry Falwell has said, but I also can not ignore what he has done. He has reached a lot of people for Christ and founded a Godly church and university. In founding LU he also brought a lot of business and attention to Lynchburg that the city would not have otherwise had. I do not believe the bad things that he has said outweigh what he has done.
greg

Lynchburg, VA

#14 Aug 26, 2009
this man was evil how dare anybody talk about how good he is, he did nothing that wouldn't beneif him. liberty isn't even voted to be any of the top 100 colleges in newsweek, lynchburg college is, and lynchburg is cheaper to go to
Lynchburg Sojourner wrote:
I'm not ashamed of Falwell drive -- the man followed the golden rule--- he who has the gold makes the rules. And as many little old ladies signed their houses over to him as is claimed, he problably had more social security and social services money than a whole city full of unemployed auto workers!
greg

Lynchburg, VA

#15 Aug 26, 2009
why should i accept LU in the city. i wish it would dissappear with its dumba55 students
dylexicagnostic

Belmont, NH

#18 Sep 4, 2009
someone06028878 wrote:
Jerry Falwell has done a lot for Lynchburg and I believe that it would be justified if a section of the Lynchburg Highway 460 be named after him. While Jerry Falwell may have said some bigoted statements, this does not balance out the good things he has done for Lynchburg, LU, Liberty students, and the conservatives around the United States. I am a student of Liberty University and I thank God for this University. I do not pretend to condone everything that Jerry Falwell has said, but I also can not ignore what he has done. He has reached a lot of people for Christ and founded a Godly church and university. In founding LU he also brought a lot of business and attention to Lynchburg that the city would not have otherwise had. I do not believe the bad things that he has said outweigh what he has done.
I think that if they do that any Federal Highway money should be cut off. Jerry Falwell was a bigot who helped to ruin our country and set the stage for the hate in this country.

He does not deserve a street or road named after him.
See it coming

Forest, VA

#21 Sep 9, 2009
The man is a fraud. His son is worse.

Wasn't it Jerry who threatened to bankrupt the City of Lynchburg and The State of VA with legal bills if the didn't allow more than 75 acres for a tax exempt status?

Wasn't it Jerry who did all the work at the old Erickson Facility without one building permit?

Wasn't it Jerry who didn't pay his bills and forced 5 contractors into bankruptcy?

Wasn't it Jerry who died on the crapper with his pants around his ankles and not "at his desk"?
(Someone should hang a toilet seat from the sign)

Wasn't it Jerry who had GOLD faucets in his old house in Madison Heights?

Yes, it was.

And so it goes. Like father, like son.
cix

Lynchburg, VA

#22 Sep 27, 2009
in all honesty in a few short years it won't matter what lynchburg was they will turn the entire city into a tax exempt church. then the Christians will willingly accept it. they don't live here they have no right to make any decisions in lynchburg they are all worthless little trash bags and deserve to be thrown out. why do they get to be tax exempt they don't give people jobs. they've taken away from this city. anything that happens to this city is because of them like the new theater which is a waste of time and effort and the rest of the building which were free. what makes him any better than us. and the last time we let a church control our governments there was a war over it so don't say that there isn't any reason why they can't have their own country. the other thing is that if they did have their own country they would all be homeless considering that the church use to take your home and any other physical things. religion is evil in entirety
xie1253

Lynchburg, VA

#23 Sep 29, 2009
I'm more ashamed of telling people I live in a town called Lynchburg. How raciest

Since: Jan 08

AOL

#24 Sep 30, 2009
xie1253 wrote:
I'm more ashamed of telling people I live in a town called Lynchburg. How raciest
Lynchburg is named after John Lynch who founded the town. Lynchburg was chartered in October, 1786, and named after its founder (John Lynch) who not only founded the town, but also helped to make it an important commercial destination through his ferry service (which was actually older than the town itself).

Since: Jan 08

AOL

#25 Sep 30, 2009
greg wrote:
why should i accept LU in the city. i wish it would dissappear with its dumba55 students
It doesn't matter if you "accept" it or not. The fact is that it exist, and it is in Lynchburg. If you hate it so much, why don't you pack up and move?

Since: Oct 09

Lynchburg, VA

#26 Oct 8, 2009
As much as despise what Falwell preached and stood for, there is no question that he helped revitalize Lynchburg. I could care less if a highway is named after him.

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