LYNCHBURG, Va. – A Jewish organization is calling on the Rev. Jerry Falwell (search) to retract a "vote Christian in 2008" statement made months ago in a letter raising money for his ministries.
The criticism of Falwell appeared Monday on the Web site of the Anti-Defamation League (search), a group organized in 1913 to fight anti-Semitism.
Falwell, founder of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., and Moral Majority, included with his mass fund-raising letter for Falwell Ministries a sticker that reads, "I Vote Christian."
Abraham Foxman (search), the Anti-Defamation League's national director, said Falwell's statements are "directly at odds with the American ideal and should be rejected."
"Understanding the danger of combining religion and politics, our founding fathers wisely created a political system based on individual merit and religious inclusiveness," Foxman said.
Falwell told The News & Advance of Lynchburg Tuesday that his statement was misunderstood.
"What I was saying was for conservative Christian voters to vote their values, which are pro-life and pro-family," Falwell said. "I had no intention of being anti-Jewish at all."