In 1981 Jerry Falwell delivered the eulogy at the funeral of my granddad, evangelist John R. Rice. Following the funeral I had dinner with Falwell. My granddad had been a fundamentalist leader for decades, the author of many books and editor of the influential Sword of the Lord newspaper. Falwell was an old family friend and long-time supporter, and had lately founded the Moral Majority and aided in the election of Ronald Reagan to the presidency.
January 2, 2011