somehow, this is all the ACLU’s fault

From the New York Times:

As a result, [Jerry Falwell] was a lightning rod for controversy and caricature. He apologized, for example, after televised remarks suggesting that the 9/11 terrorist attacks reflected God’s judgment on a nation spiritually weakened by the American Civil Liberties Union, providers of abortion and supporters of gay rights, and after he called Muhammad a terrorist. He was ridiculed for an article in his National Liberty Journal that suggested that Tinky Winky, a character in the “Teletubbies” children’s show, could be a hidden homosexual signal, because the character was purple, had a triangle on its head and carried a handbag.

tinky winky (borrowed image)
Now, look. I’m all for being respectful of the recently departed, but I sincerely hope we can keep these things at the forefront of our minds. For example, while Republicans were calling for the near canonization of Reagan, I thought it important to remind people that he once tried to make the claim that catsup is a vegetable. Which sounds like a joke but, unfortunately, is deadly serious.

Here’s lookin’ at you Jerry.