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Milestones: Oct. 7, 1985

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JUDGMENT AGAINST. Jerry Falwell, 52, Fundamentalist preacher and Moral Majority leader; ordered to pay $5,000 to his former Bible school classmate Jerry Sloan; in Sacramento, Calif. On a TV talk show last year, Falwell promised that sum to Homosexual Activist Sloan if he could prove that Falwell had publicly denounced a gay church where Sloan once served as a minister. Sloan produced a 1984 videotape of Falwell’s Old Time Gospel Hour, in which he referred to the gay church as “part of a vile and satanic system.” Said Sloan: “It’s the first time the man’s been held accountable for what he’s said, in a court of law.” Falwell plans to appeal.

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