Back in the late 1970's I criticized Jerry Falwell and the Moral Majority for not being Theocratic enough.
I criticized several textbooks written for so-called Christian schools (schools which have a morning chapel service and then teach Keynesian economics and Marxist sociology in an attempt to remain "accredited" by anti-Christian education bureaucrats) which wanted to give creationism "equal time," allowing creationism a "place at the table" with Darwinism. I said Christian schools should not try to be "neutral." Christian schools should blast Darwinism as a genocidal lie. (The Biblical Educator, Nov. 1979 [published by Gary North]).
In a book titled The Failure of the American Baptist Culture, I blasted Falwell for not being critical enough of the ACLU. (My article was published by Gary North in 1982, after being rejected by the less theocratic, more moderate R.J. Rushdoony.)
If Falwell were transported back to Lexington and Concord, 1775, and his vision and hopes for America and her schools were set before the Minutemen, they would denounce Falwell as an atheist in sheep's clothing, attempting to secularize America and create a regime more tyrannical than King George III. At best, America's Founders would think of Falwell as a compromiser.
But if America's Founders were to be transported into the 21st century, and see what Falwell was up against, they would gravitate to Falwell like ants to strawberry preserves, or Bedouins to a desert oasis. There are few Christians who were as willing as Falwell to take the heat for criticizing America's New Secular Taliban.
"Liberty Under God" was the vision that motivated America's Founders, and Falwell adovated more liberty and more Godliness than the mainstream media, academia, and "statesmen" of our day.
Thomas Jefferson, one of the most deistic of the Founders, would have no complaints about the deistic curriculum that Falwell advocated. Jefferson would have agreed with Falwell's complaints about the size of the federal government. Jefferson would denounce Falwell's secular "liberal" opponents.
Falwell hated the word "theocracy." Only his enemies used the term about him.
I support Christian Theocracy. I believe theocracy is inescapable. Every nation is a theocracy of some sort, and "secular-progressives" have created a more taliban-like regime than Falwell ever would.
Falwell deserves credit -- or at least less criticism than millions of nominal Christians or politicians who pose as Christians -- for speaking out as much as he did against America's Secular Humanist theocracy. His influence has been overstated by secularists (who out-gunned him), but his courage exceeded most Christians who run for cover whenever secularists accuse us of trying to "impose a theocracy."