Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Now that Jerry Falwell is dead...

Will someone please kill his ideas?

Seriously...no single person has probably done more to ruin politics and society in the United States than this man. He is the reason why a human breast sparks endless outcry while endless war barely elicits a shrug among supposed "Christians."

He is the reason why being religious is now synonymous with hatred, prudishness and self-righteousness. His Moral Majority set the stage for groups such as the Army of God and Westboro Baptist Church to launch endless and violent crusades against doctors and homosexuals. He made bigotry hip again at a time when we should have been rid of it for good. You have him to thank for every election being about evolution, abortion and gay rights, three issues that shouldn't be in any sane nation's top 10 concerns.

In short, Jerry Falwell is largely responsible for the religious right and the neocon poison that infects our government today. He does not deserve a word of praise for this.

Furthermore, the worst thing about Falwell dying is that we had to see his smug face and hear his sour ideals all day and night on TV. Actually, it was even worse to hear and read our leaders (and wannabe leaders) lionizing this man! Why? Out of respect for the dead? Pure pavement toward the road to hell.

Let's remember Jerry Falwell for who he was: a polarizing figure who represented all of the worst excesses of an era best left in the past. That is, as soon as we get out of it.

I can only pray that we will.

14 comments:

Il grande chef said...

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Bridget said...

Heh, if there's an afterlife, and it's a just one, I bet he's pretty surprised.

Nathan said...

Best moment of all I've read: Larry Flynt said they were friends.

CoralPoetry said...

Hi,

Aren't you glad he is gone from this earth? He is probably laughing at the gullibility of humans from wherever he sits.

Regards,
Coral

Nick said...

Looking around at many of the left-wing blogs, it seems that many on the left seem more happy about the death of Jerry Falwell than they were about the deaths of Saddam Hussein and Al Zarqawi combined.

Sometime one must wonder about people's priorities...

cb said...

With regard to the above-questioned priorities, I'd venture to say that the length of Falwell's career in hatemongering and his level of influence in American politics may be part of the reason for the difference in reactions. His hatred was full throttle when Saddam recieved the key to Detroit, and to my knowledge Al-Zarkawi didn't go on American television after 9-11 to blame America for bringing the attack upon itself. Falwell abused God's name as flagrantly as any violence-inciting Islamic fundamentalist, albeit toward different ends. All of which is to say, I think Falwell was a more directly felt force than the threat of...an Iraqi sneak-attack?
And from what I recall, the execution of S.H. didn't really accomplish much (though to be fair, I think Falwell ceased to have much clout a while back).

Anonymous said...

Nick, I find your theory of a hierarachy of happiness about death really odd and dysfunctional. Fallwell as a direct thread to our country who did measurable and considerable harm that it'll take us decades to get beyond.

Saddam Hussein and Zarkawi? Hype.

Anonymous said...

Let me try that 2nd sentence again:

Falwell was a direct threat to our country who did measurable and considerable harm that it'll take us decades to get beyond.

Darned typos!

tash said...

Hell yes.

Cajun Tiger said...

Nick...looks like your comment was even more proved by the responses to it...very sad indeed.

Ian McGibboney said...

Sad for whom?

You guys think nothing of saying that liberals work in tandem with terrorists, but balk at the idea that Falwell and his Muslim equivalents essentially shared the same goals of theological domination?

Their means may have been different in deed, but not by much in thought. Falwell wanted an American theocracy and al-Qaida wants a Muslim theocracy. Both said 9/11 was a product of American immorality. Neither side of this coin benefits the world.

Just because Falwell wore a suit and spewed his propaganda through churches, TV and schools rather than through crude videos, that doesn't make his message any less repellent.

Cajun Tiger said...

Let's see...Falwell calls for a more moral government by having Christians getting involved in goverment...bin Laden calls for worldwide Sha'ria law by calling for the murder of all who don't agree...yep...completely the same.

Ian McGibboney said...

Falwell wanted his brand of hate-fueled "Christianity" to control U.S. government, by which he wanted to censor communications to a child's level and persecute homosexuals and abortion patients. And personally, I don't think the whole country should be an extension of the Liberty University campus.

Also, Falwell blamed 9/11 on Americans who disagree with him. He and bin Laden are the same in that they want to create paradise for believers and hell for nonbelievers. Their definitions of that are different, but neither are desirable.

Cajun Tiger said...

Find me one quote of Falwell saying that homosexuals or abortion patients or doctors should be harmed in any way! Let me save you the time...you can't. On the other hand try to find quotes by bin Laden advocating the brutal murder of anyone who doesn't agree with him...more than you can count.

You are more than welcome to disagree with Falwell, but to compare him in any fashion to bin Laden is absolutely ridiculous!