The Rev. Jerry Falwell will forever be considered the Founding Father of the modern-day Religious Right in America. Falwell died yesterday at his Liberty University office in Lynchburg, Va. He was 73.
Regardless of your opinion of the often-acerbic televangelist, he should be recognized as the man who helped forge one of today's most powerful blocs of voters. Ronald Reagan's election in 1980, the Republican congressional take-over in 1994 and President George W. Bush's reelection in 2004 all took place with important help from a Religious Right movement Falwell helped jump-start. Read more