VIDEO MONTAGE: Conservatives Hold Hour-Long Falwell Memorial On House Floor

Congressional conservatives yesterday held an hour-long memorial for the late Rev. Jerry Falwell on the floor of the House of Representatives, extolling the “incredible and remarkable” religious right leader.

Senior conservative leaders joined the “special order” session, including Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO), the #2 Republican in the House, and Chief Deputy Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA). Also speaking was Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA), who notoriously warned “American citizens” to “wake up” or “there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office.

To many Americans, Falwell is best known for his infamous remarks claiming the 9/11 terrorist attacks were God’s punishment on the United States, or that the anti-Christ is alive today and “of course he’ll be Jewish.”

But on the floor of Congress yesterday, Falwell was heralded as a “great leader of America’s conservative movement” whose “strong set of values” and “unshakable moral compass” had made America “a better place.” “More than we all realize,” one member of Congress said, “we are very blessed the he came our way.”

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GOODLATTE: Mr. Speaker, I rise tonight to honor the memory of my constituent and my friend, the late Rev. Jerry Falwell.

GOODE: I rise tonight to pay homage to Dr. Jerry Falwell.

BLUNT: The incredible and remarkable life of Rev. Jerry Falwell.

FRANKS: Sometimes when a man affects the world as much as Jerry Falwell does…

GOODLATTE: He lived his life trying to strengthen the moral fabric of our great nation.

CANTOR: …and a great leader in America’s conservative movement.

BLUNT: Watching his incredible faith in what he was doing…

FRANKS: No matter what his enemies say, America is a better place because of Jerry Falwell.

GOODLATTE: Jerry lived his life guided by a strong set of values and an unshakable moral compass.

CANTOR: …a true patriot…

BLUNT: …who never wavered in his commitment to furthering the dialogue of faith and family in America.

GOODE: His mission remained the same: to train young champions for Christ.

FRANKS: And more than we all realize, we are very blessed the he came our way.

GOODLATTE: The list of Jerry Falwell’s many ministries and accomplishments is nearly endless.

BLUNT: He was an untiring messenger of the Good News and the eternal hope of our Lord.

GOODLATTE: And I join the nation in mourning this great spiritual leader.