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May 15, 2007

Falwell's Dead

Jerry Falwell's dead. Or "Jimmy Cracked Corn and I Don't Care."

No reports yet on what killed him. Maybe he was struck down by the Lawd for saying all those hideous things about anyone and everyone who didn't follow his strict religious doctrines? Nah, it was probably just your basic heart attack. If only he had used his powers for good, instead of evil:

Born on Aug. 11, 1933, Falwell was not particularly religious until his sophomore year of college in 1952, when Falwell said he underwent a religious conversion. Instead of accepting an offer to play professional baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals, he transferred to the Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Mo.

Well, Jesus Christ. That was his first mistake. I know it was before the heyday of pitcher Bob Gibson's stint with the Cards, but c'mon. He passed up this opportunity in favor of a lifelong career of sliming people who didn't agree with him? Truly, I can't think of anything more despicable than the day Falwell blamed gays, feminists, "abortionists" and the ACLU for the 9-11 attacks. I really can't. So in these hours just after his passing, I can't find it in me to say anything resembling "rest in peace", because this creep made it his life's work to demonize and marginalize so many. I don't actually believe in Hell, but if I did, I'd tell Jerry Falwell to go rot in it.

Posted by shoephone on May 15, 2007 at 11:42 AM in National and International Politics | Permalink


I have a feeling he's quite perturbed that he hasn't been handed the keys to the kingdom of heaven.

One ugly voice silenced, but how many empowered by his death? I shudder to think. I can only hope that while he provided an excuse for way too many people to indulge their inner bigot in the name of religion, he also served as an example to many more people about how not to live their lives.

He may not be "resting in peace," but perhaps there is one tiny bit more of it in the world without him.

Posted by: Anne | May 15, 2007 12:07:35 PM

"I don't actually believe in Hell, but if I did, I'd tell Jerry Falwell to go rot in it."

"He may not be 'resting in peace,' but perhaps there is one tiny bit more of it in the world without him."

Amen and amen.

Posted by: lotus | May 15, 2007 12:23:19 PM

John McCain said he would follow bin laden to the gates of hell. Falwell, being such a compassionate guy, can open the door for him....

Posted by: CoolAqua | May 15, 2007 3:04:10 PM

Pete - LOL.

Posted by: shoephone | May 15, 2007 4:22:36 PM

The world got a little less bigoted and ignorant today.

Posted by: Ken Camp | May 15, 2007 10:38:22 PM

I hope you're right, Ken. The thing we all need to understand is how important it is to expose the bigots while they're alive and working hard to do their damage. If we wait until they're dead, we all lose. It's one of the reasons I dig David Neiwert so much. He's a tireless crusader for exposing them all now when we can do something to counteract what they inflict on the world.

Posted by: shoephone | May 15, 2007 11:06:24 PM

Ken - I'm linking to your post on Falwell because you've got such a fantastic array of -- as you call them -- his "greatest hits".

(scroll up, everybody.)

Posted by: shoephone | May 15, 2007 11:12:43 PM

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