- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 15, 2001

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Two prominent conservative Christian figures say the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil was "probably what we deserve" and placed blame for the strikes on civil liberties groups, feminists, homosexuals and abortion providers.
The deadly attacks may just be the prelude to further catastrophe "if in fact God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve," Protestant television evangelist the Rev. Jerry Falwell said Thursday on the Christian Broadcasting Network.
"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," replied the Rev. Pat Robertson, a failed Republican presidential candidate.
"It happened because people are evil," Mr. Robertson said as both men agreed that groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) were partly to blame for Tuesday's strikes, which are likely to yield a final death toll in the thousands.
"The ACLU's got to take a lot of blame for this," said Mr. Falwell. "Well, yes," concurred Mr. Robertson.
"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," said Mr. Falwell.
"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 have tried to secularize America — I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen,'" said Mr. Falwell.
"I totally concur," replied Mr. Robertson.
The comments drew an angry reaction from the People for the American Way, with organization President Ralph Neas branding them "absolutely inappropriate and irresponsible."
"I am deeply saddened that in the wake of this week's devastating terrorist attacks, religious-right political leaders Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell have chosen the path of division rather than unity," he added in a statement.

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