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ADL Saddened by the Death of the Rev. Jerry Falwell


New York, NY, May 15, 2007 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed sadness at the passing of the Rev. Jerry Falwell, a passionate leader of Christianity in America and a dear friend of Israel.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

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.

Rev. Falwell was a towering figure of the Religious Right, and while we often did not see eye-to-eye with him on many key issues of the day, we always respected his strong devotion to his views, his outspoken advocacy for the positions he took on behalf of America's conservative Christians, and his ability to listen to even his most ardent critics.  He will be greatly missed.


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