Antigay Cleric D. James Kennedy Dead

Megachurch Leader D. James Kennedy Dies –

Evangelical Christianity has lost another of its major voices: Several days after announcing his retirement, right-wing broadcaster the Rev. Dr. D. James Kennedy is dead at the age of 76 from complications of heart disease.

Kennedy’s voice and face were known to millions through radio and television broadcasts, urging Christians to evangelize in their daily lives, while condemning homosexuality and abortion as assaults on the traditional family. His also preached on the major policy issues of the day, rejecting evolution and global warming.

Kennedy was influential in the founding of the religious right, but did so more often from behind the scenes, as attention focused on his allies, the Revs. Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. …

Kennedy was a founding board member of the Moral Majority, which Falwell formed in 1979. In 1996, Kennedy created Coral Ridge’s political arm, called the Center for Reclaiming America for Christ, to mobilize conservative Christians against gay marriage, pornography and what he called “judicial tyranny,” among other issues.