2007 - Falwell's Legacy
In a testament to Falwell's historical stature, leaders far and wide weighed in with reflections in the hours following his death.
Billy Graham, evangelist: "We did not always agree on everything, but I knew him to be a man of God. His accomplishments went beyond most clergy of his generation."
Rick Warren, pastor, Saddleback Church: "I believe Jerry Falwell's primary legacy will not be his political leadership, but the church he pastored for 50 years; the university he founded that has produced two generations of leaders; the millions who heard him preach the Good News; the innovations in ministry he introduced; and the thousands of young pastors, like myself, whom he constantly encouraged, even when we did it differently."
Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and state: "While I disagreed with just about everything Falwell stood for, he was a determined advocate for what he believed."
Abraham H. Foxman, national director of Anti-Defamation League: "Despite our many disagreements through the years, we were saddened to learn of the loss of the Rev. Jerry Falwell. He was a passionate leader of Christianity in America and a dear friend of Israel. Rev. Falwell will always be remembered as one of the most influential leaders on the American religious scene."