Seize Virginia, Falwell's son tell theocratic pastors

Falwell’s Son Urges Conservative Pastors To Get Out the Vote
By Tim Craig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 12, 2007; B02

RICHMOND, Sept. 11 — The son of the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, whose Moral Majority helped reshape the national political landscape, vowed Tuesday to pick up where his father left off and help change public policy in Virginia and in Washington.

Jonathan Falwell’s first mission: Elect more social conservatives to the Virginia General Assembly.

Falwell is pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, which his father founded in the 1950s and later used as a perch to galvanize social conservatives into getting involved in politics. Jerry Falwell’s efforts, including the founding of the Moral Majority in 1979, helped realign Virginia into a GOP stronghold in the 1990s.

But amid signs that Virginia might be leaning Democratic, Falwell said Virginia pastors need to refocus their efforts on getting their congregants out to vote this fall for legislative candidates
who “believe the Bible is the truth.”

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