An End to the Hatred

In a dramatic turnaround, Falwell reaches out to gays and lesbians, a group he once openly despised

The Rev. Jerry Falwell stuffs a leather-bound "giant-print" Bible under an arm so he can pop a Rolaids into his mouth. He eats fatty food too often at the Backyard Grill in Lynchburg, Va., and he turned 66 last summer, but friends say he hasn't let up on his schedule. This morning he's speaking to 1,500 cheering students at Liberty University, the college he founded in 1971 that has become the largest evangelical college in the world. "Jesus is awesome!" they shout, many faces contorted with joy.

Christian rock blares. Eventually, Falwell takes the podium, as he has countless times...

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