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Jerry Falwell in Critical Condition
Associated Press ^ | March 29, 2005 | Bob Lowry

Posted on 03/29/2005 2:10:23 PM PST by Bluegrass Conservative

Jerry Falwell in Critical Condition

U.S. National - AP

By BOB LOWRY, Associated Press Writer

LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Rev. Jerry Falwell was hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday, battling his second case of viral pneumonia in just five weeks, hospital and church officials said.

Falwell, 71, was admitted to Lynchburg General Hospital shortly before midnight Monday suffering from "respiratory arrest," the hospital said in a statement.

He was put on a ventilator and stabilized but remained in critical condition, the hospital said.

"He's resting comfortably and in stable condition," said Ron Godwin, Falwell's executive assistant. "It's a recurrence of the viral pneumonia."

Falwell, the founder of the Moral Majority and Liberty University, had left the hospital March 4 after 13 days, spending part of the time on a ventilator.

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Falwell said he was feeling much better, but still recovering from his hospital stay.

Falwell had been in the pulpit Easter Sunday at Thomas Road Baptist Church and appeared in good health, said the Rev. Dave Randlett, a senior associate pastor.

"He always looks `up' so you wouldn't know if he wasn't" feeling well, Randlett said. "He was very optimistic."

An avid sports fan, Falwell had made the trip to Chattanooga, Tenn., on Saturday to see Liberty University's team play in the third round of the NCAA women's basketball tournament. The team lost. He also had been in the crowd March 22 when it won in the second round in College Park, Md.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: baptist; falwell; jerry; jerryfalwell; libertyuniversity; moralmajority; pulltheplug
I'm surprised he didn't suffer a heart attack when he found out that he and Jesse Jackson might be in agreement on something today!
1 posted on 03/29/2005 2:10:23 PM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

Prayers for Rev. Falwell.


2 posted on 03/29/2005 2:10:58 PM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

God bless him. He has been a great spokesperson for the right to life.


3 posted on 03/29/2005 2:11:07 PM PST by Saundra Duffy ("Where there's life, there's hope." Theresa Marie SCHINDLER)
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

good thing is in somewhere that 'will care' for him


4 posted on 03/29/2005 2:14:28 PM PST by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

I just heard him on talk radio within the last few days and he mentioned that he had been in the hospital.

Hope all is well for him.


5 posted on 03/29/2005 2:15:48 PM PST by Mears ("Call me irresponsible".)
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

God Bless this wonderful man.


6 posted on 03/29/2005 2:16:16 PM PST by earlyamerican
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

The location of the hospital is ironic in light of his position on the use of alcoholic beverages. Although I understand that Lynchburg is in a dry county in Tenn.


7 posted on 03/29/2005 2:16:39 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: Disambiguator
The location of the hospital is ironic in light of his position on the use of alcoholic beverages. Although I understand that Lynchburg is in a dry county in Tenn.

It's Lynchburg, Virginia . . . home of Jerry Falwell, his church and Liberty University.

8 posted on 03/29/2005 2:17:46 PM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

Prayers for Reverend Falwell. A good man.


9 posted on 03/29/2005 2:19:06 PM PST by k2blader (It is neither compassionate nor conservative to support the expansion of socialism.)
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To: Disambiguator

Wouldn't it be Lynchburg, VA? That's the home of his church and university.


10 posted on 03/29/2005 2:19:47 PM PST by GOP_Proud (Those who proclaim tolerance have the least for my views.)
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To: k2blader
Prayers for Reverend Falwell. A good man . . . who never saw a television camera he didn't like.
11 posted on 03/29/2005 2:20:32 PM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

This just in - Florida Judge rules no treatment for Dr. Falwell...


12 posted on 03/29/2005 2:24:37 PM PST by HeadOn (Pay no attention to the tagline behind the curtain.)
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To: earlyamerican

Amen, I pray we will have many more years with this great spokesman for Christianity! God Bless Rev Falwell.


13 posted on 03/29/2005 2:31:18 PM PST by stopem
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

The man is ill and you're bashing him on your own thread.


14 posted on 03/29/2005 2:32:37 PM PST by k2blader (It is neither compassionate nor conservative to support the expansion of socialism.)
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To: k2blader
The man is ill and you're bashing him on your own thread.

I hope his condition improves.

But I do wish he would keep his mouth shut from now on. He does conservatism more harm than good.

15 posted on 03/29/2005 2:35:11 PM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

When was the last time you heard from Falwell, and what did he say?


16 posted on 03/29/2005 2:36:59 PM PST by k2blader (It is neither compassionate nor conservative to support the expansion of socialism.)
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

< who never saw a television camera he didn't like. >

I would submit that we have Rev Falwell to thank for getting the Moral Majority off our collective butts, leading to the rise of conservatism we have now. It's a downright, dirty shame what Larry Flynt was allowed to do to him. Prayers for Rev Falwell.


17 posted on 03/29/2005 2:40:34 PM PST by GOP_Proud (Those who proclaim tolerance have the least for my views.)
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To: k2blader

Last time wasn't too bad. It was an article on the NCAA tourney. http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=43492


18 posted on 03/29/2005 2:41:27 PM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: GOP_Proud
would submit that we have Rev Falwell to thank for getting the Moral Majority off our collective butts, leading to the rise of conservatism we have now.


19 posted on 03/29/2005 2:43:37 PM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

LOL. I would never dis my hero, Ronaldo Magnus, but Falwell founded the Moral Majority in 1979, a year before RR took office. Of course, Reagan was a catalyst, but I give Falwell his due. He took a lot of heat before conservatism was popular.


20 posted on 03/29/2005 2:52:25 PM PST by GOP_Proud (Those who proclaim tolerance have the least for my views.)
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

I think you're right. Never mind! I was thinking Tennessee. Maybe I should read the whole article next time. :^)


21 posted on 03/29/2005 2:55:27 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: GOP_Proud

I had the privilege of sitting beside Dr. Falwell at a small conference dinner in Lynchburg five years ago. He told me that earlier in the day he had officiated at the funeral of one of the thousands who attend Thomas Road Baptist, and, since the deceased had few family, he had asked the secretaries to call up members to ask them to go to the service so that the family might be supported.

It was then that I realized that despite the public limelight Dr. Falwell had a profoundly pastoral heart, and that this genuine love for people is what motivated him to critique the public policies and social movements that were causing harm to the people he loved.

"To live is Christ, to die is gain. Whether then we live or die, we are the Lord's."


22 posted on 03/29/2005 3:04:28 PM PST by lightman (The Office of the Keys should be exercised as some ministry needs to be exorcised.)
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To: Bluegrass Conservative
He wouldn't want to live this way! Dan Abrams says he'll never make it. Pull the plug now! Save his dignity!

[/sarcasm][/bad taste]

23 posted on 03/29/2005 3:05:59 PM PST by montag813
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To: Bluegrass Conservative
But I do wish he would keep his mouth shut from now on.

Spoken like a true "defender" of free speech.

We sure don't want people running around speaking opinions with which we disagree.

24 posted on 03/29/2005 3:23:05 PM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: Bluegrass Conservative
Pope envy?

Just kidding ... I hope this fine gentleman gets over this ASAP, and offer up a prayer for his well-being.

25 posted on 03/29/2005 4:27:10 PM PST by The Duke
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority
We sure don't want people running around speaking opinions with which we disagree.

I didn't even say I disagree with him that much. But there are some people that are so polarizing that they make us look bad. In the last year of being Speaker, I wished Newt Gingrich would have kept his mouth shut more too. Doesn't mean I disagreed with him, but many people would not listen to the message just because they disliked the person delivering it.

26 posted on 03/30/2005 6:41:19 AM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: advance_copy
"Prayers for Rev. Falwell."

Yep...he seems to be a genuinely good guy...MUD

27 posted on 03/30/2005 6:58:31 AM PST by Mudboy Slim (The Culture War shall be won by those RightWingers who choose to fight it!!)
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A day after the Rev. Jerry Falwell was admitted to Lynchburg General Hospital, his condition has been upgraded from critical to serious but stable.

Falwell suffered acute congestive heart failure, Dr. Joseph Khoury said at a press conference Wednesday morning. Falwell was not breathing when his wife brought him to the emergency room shortly before midnight Monday. He was placed on a ventilator but is now breathing on his own, Khoury said.

Falwell, 71, is pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church and chancelor of Liberty University. He was hospitalized from Feb. 20 to March 4 with pneumonia.


28 posted on 03/30/2005 12:58:52 PM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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