Paris Hilton wears a cross--and a Bible--in an effort to stay out of jail.
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Apparently so! Here's a recollection from one of Jerry Falwell's acquaintances, a woman who worked at the Bible college that was Falwell's alma mater:
[Shirley] told a story that is evoked every time she sees a tiny lapel pin in her husband's jewelry box.
Richard Hackler was a new Christian when he met Falwell at a friend's house after Falwell had preached in a local church. Falwell was wearing the "Jesus First" pin he had designed and gave away through his "Old Time Gospel Hour" radio program. Richard commented that he liked the pin. Falwell quickly removed it from his lapel and handed it to Hackler.
The Proustian quality of Falwell's four-cent "Jesus First" giveaway does not stop with Shirley Hacker. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, back when I was a fightin' fundamentalist, I also wore this pin!
No one will ever know Jerry Falwell's last words before his fatal collapse earlier this morning, but we do have one of his last public statements. On WorldNet Daily yesterday, Falwell wrote on the importance of free expression of religious faith in public schools--and the way we can promote it by wearing a red wristband:
As part of this year's campaign, Liberty Counsel has created red prayer wristbands that students can wear as a reminder to pray at graduation and all throughout the school year.
The wristbands are embossed with "I WILL PRAY" and "PRAY WITHOUT CEASING (THESS. 5:17)." The wristbands serve as reminders to students that they have the constitutional right to wear religious jewelry and to pray during non-instructional times while at school.
I've been off grading and such, but the following story could not go unnoticed: an Albany woman with pentagrams hanging from her mailbox comes home to find "a lengthy diatribe on the side of her house that invokes the Lord's Prayer and calls [her] an 'evil witch' and a 'spook' while asking God to 'please move evil away.'
Love thy neighbor indeed.