23 May 2007

Falwell's funeral draws thousands

Over 10,000 people attended Rev. Jerry Falwell's funeral in Lynchburg, Virginia on 22 May. The speakers at the funeral had been chosen by the late Falwell himself, along with the music. The funeral was held at the Thomas Road Baptist Church, where he had worked for 41 years.

Falwell died on 15 May, aged 73.

He is remembered for his role in bringing Evangelical Christianity to the political forefront in the United States, and also for founding Liberty University, which is located in Lynchburg.

A student at Liberty University was arrested after home-made bombs were found in his car. According to the police however, he was not planning to use the bombs at the funeral (Miami Herald).

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