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Ear to the Ground

Falwell Dies at 73

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Posted on May 15, 2007
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The Rev. Jerry Falwell—televangelist, Moral Majority founder and head of Liberty University—was found unresponsive in his office on campus Tuesday morning and pronounced dead shortly thereafter of heart failure.


AP via My Way News:

Driven into politics by the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that established the right to an abortion, Falwell founded the Moral Majority in 1979. One of the conservative lobbying group’s greatest triumphs came just a year later, when Ronald Reagan was elected president.

Falwell credited the Moral Majority with getting millions of conservative voters registered, aiding in Reagan’s victory and giving Republicans control of the Senate.

“I shudder to think where the country would be right now if the religious right had not evolved,” he said when he stepped down as Moral Majority president in 1987.

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By Skruff, May 19, 2007 at 7:11 am Link to this comment
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#70567 by Mike Mid-City on 5/17 at 8:20 am

“Jerry and Pat and Frank have made a lot of money in the name of Jesus.  And taught that making money is what Jesus wants for us.  There are lies and are leading people astray.”

“Jesus said you can’t serve money and God too….”

When I was a child, I studied under a teacher (athiest) who maintained “Christianity is wonderful on the drawing board” but like Ford automobiles, something happens to it between concept and reality.

Why limit the money-grubbers to the obvious TV preachers.  The Catholic Church owns more slums in New York City than any but the City itself. In Lawrence Massachusetts where the average income is $16,000 a year, the Diocese maintains 10 churches which on easter were never even a third full. In Worcester the local Baptist church charges so much for day care that the residents which live near the Main Street church can’t afford it.

Churches are businesses and should be taxed accordingly.

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By John C. Bonser, May 18, 2007 at 4:08 pm Link to this comment

Walter Bruggemsn, Professor Emeritus of Columbia Theological Seminary, said some time ago in “Mandate to Difference” “. . . you might think that getting the moral issues right and leveraging others to think and act the right way, as do we. But if you think that, you are very wrong, because contemporary loud posturing is not so much about faith as it is about anxiety and maintaining control in the world. . . .” That addresses those who have forgotten that as a servant of Christ we are called to pick up something other than a figurative club to beat those we consider “less worthy.”  jb

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By GBX, May 17, 2007 at 5:12 am Link to this comment
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Falwell has by now discovered the reality of any spiritual afterlife. Because non of us (unless we are the dead walking around, and there are a few folks that seem to fit this category) have any first-hand info to bring to the table on this, no one can or cannot say that Falwell is or is not circling about regretting or celebrating the venom he spewed whilst on this small blue planet. It is pretty much a faith statement to say there is or is not another stage on which to learn, suffer, celebrate.  Anybody out there who has been there and back?
So we are stuck with what we do here and now. Did we all do enough to counter craziness like Falwell’s? It is so easy now to criticize, but there are a lot of crafty religious businessmen out there now like Pat Robertson, Dobson, Franklin Graham taking full advantage of our fear of death and cashing in big time. If we are all so smart, what can we do to stop this travesty? How about taking the away tax-free status from churches.  As much as everyone on this site likes to bitch about churches, we all are paying for their continued success.

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By rage, May 16, 2007 at 5:52 pm Link to this comment
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He leaves a legacy of division, suspicion, repression, psychotic sociopathy, and, from reading the posts that precede mine, NO ONE who mourns his passage. That is, indeed, shameful. May GOD really have mercy on his wretched soul.

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By Forkboy, May 16, 2007 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment

Some of the commentary here and at other sites I have frequented postulate that Mr. Falwell didn’t really believe the hatred he spewed to like-minded (or is it weak-minded?) folks, but instead used his position and “authority” to further is own pockets.

Wouldn’t it be truly wonderful if this were the case?

No, I disagree with this assumption.  I firmly believe that he did BELIEVE in the hatred he held so dear and THAT my friends is truly far more frightening.

To Justinw:  hey, he had no problem judging everyone who didn’t follow lock-step with his system of belief so is it any wonder we are happy he is gone?

And finally, let us not forget the helpful words of our old friend Burroughs (and I’m paraphrasing):  Never trust a religious son-of-a-bitch.  Not with God showing him how to fuck you on the deal.

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By sharon ash, May 16, 2007 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment
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It appears the job Mr. Falwell signed up for, when he made the journey to the Earth school, was to create division and bring forth hate and judgment in others.  Job well done Mr. Falwell!  Now, those of us who find him so offensive, need to examine what parts of us are still so broken that we can get pulled into hate and judgment of him.  It is never about what’s wrong with them, but rather, why do I let what is wrong with them bother me so much.  Our job is not about changing the Jerry’s in the world, rather it is about working on ourselves.  So, if Jerry Falwell really makes you angry, your assignment for today in Earth’s school is to look inside yourself, and find out why.  Because when you let yourself move into hate and judgment of the Jerrys in the world, you have moved out of peace and love and become one of them.

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By PatrickHenry, May 16, 2007 at 4:06 pm Link to this comment

APAIC and ADL’s Foxman have lost one of their christian zionists, shucks.

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By leo, May 16, 2007 at 2:05 pm Link to this comment
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what a great day for America the hateful bigoted
racist is dead hurrah hurrah!!

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By Chris, May 16, 2007 at 2:02 pm Link to this comment
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As revolting as I found the guy, I had to realize that he would have been unable to see anything at all beyond his own very narrowly defined beliefs. No fanatic is ever able to do so. Could you have ever have told anything to Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini? Of course not. 

How is the fundamentalist fanaticism of Khomenini any different than Jerry Falwell believing that gays, lesbians, crossdressere, People For The American Way, etc., are why God makes people fly planes into buildings, killing thousands? It’s all very fanatical, magical thinking.

However, his death has great symbolism at our present time. The neocon agenda (including the far-right Christians among them), is largely in tatters at this point. His death symbolizes their dying, as well.

But none of us who ever want to see the return of a Presidency such as George W. Bush can take this as a given. You see what a nightmare a purely ideologically-driven administration can wreak on the U.S., as well as in countries such as Iraq.

We can’t take for granted that an administration such as Bush II will never happen again. It’s not only not impossible, another, similar one could conceivably even be worse…

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By 911truthdotorg, May 16, 2007 at 1:59 pm Link to this comment

Rest in hell, Jerry.

And for you, that would be a gay bar in San Francisco for all eternity.

Or watching endless episodes of the Teletubbies.

Or both.

Google videos:
9/11 Press for Truth, Loose Change 2nd Edition

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By Justinw, May 16, 2007 at 1:31 pm Link to this comment
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Jerry Falwell did many great things—founded a university and a church which ministers to alcoholics and a variety of others with problems. He wasn’t perfect. No one is. He accepted Christ as his savior. In the end, that is what will get him or anyone else into heaven.

Rev. Falwell accomplished many things in his life. Maybe the questions for his detractors is what have they accomplished? It is easy to criticize. It is difficult to do.

From reading the earlier posts on this site it appears that several of you have some issues you need to talk with God about. Don’t worry about Jerry. God will judge him. Worry about yourselves. God will one day judge each of us.

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By RAE, May 16, 2007 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment

I try to limit myself to one comment per issue, unless provoked, but I’d like another kick at the cat on this one.

Skruff posted, “Out of all the anti-abortion groups Falwell’s was the only one I ever heard advocate that those who oppose abortion are morally bound to adopt.”

I wouldn’t go so far as “morally bound” but I would say to those who oppose a woman’s right to choose that UNLESS they’re prepared to ADOPT, they have no right to oppose.

This is the same fundamental complaint I have about the Catholics and their Pope - no birth control - no abortions - no this, that or the other thing… BUT, you never see the Church front and centre to take ANY RESPONSIBILITY for the consequences of their prohibitions.

I would say that since the Church is in the “morals” business, it is the CHURCH that is “morally bound” to foot the entire bill for ALL UNWANTED PREGNANCIES caused because the parents followed instructions and didn’t use birth control. If this was made a law, you’d soon see them change their tune!

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By Peacefull1, May 16, 2007 at 12:44 pm Link to this comment
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Ding dong the dick is dead!  The fat pile of miserable crap also know as Jerry Falwell just died 73 years too late.  GOOD RIDDENS!  He was a threat to everything good in the world.  He has lived his life spreading hatred and bigotry.  Attacking medical freedoms, science, education and reality.  The world is certainly better off without him.  While there are large numbers of Christian bigots out there ready and willing to fill his shoes, at least there is now one less agent of intolerance.

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By QuyTran, May 16, 2007 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment

Spirituality For Sale No Longer Exists !

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By Pete, May 16, 2007 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment
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Good to know that the left still has all this love for their fellow man that they showed in the 60’s so well when they blew up minimum wage janitors and security guards in the name of peace and brotherhood.I remember one whose mummy and daddy gave the little peacenik a very nice roast beef and champagne supper before going off to serve his abbreviated sentence. Too bad nobody gave the janitor’s widow and kids a party. And you people really wonder why republicans get elected?

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By jadepaulo@comcast.net, May 16, 2007 at 12:14 pm Link to this comment
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Jerry is in a better place - somewhere away from the rest of us.

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By C Quil, May 16, 2007 at 12:04 pm Link to this comment

You know what’s really sad? Nothing is going to happen to this horrible man - absolutely nothing, because this world is all there is. He made life miserable for so many others while turning himself into a blimp and supporting his family on the contributions of the deluded.

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By nonprofithell, May 16, 2007 at 11:23 am Link to this comment

Jerry Falwell -

You ATROCIOUS, GROTESQUE MISCREANT of a human BEING!

May you rot in an abomination beyond your own imagination!

Good riddance to BAD RUBBISH!

Next, oh mighty universe, please taketh away, Mr. Dobson, Ms. Rice, Dick Cheney, Wolfowitz, King George W. and the rest of the right wing republican vomit that spews so plentifully down the urban and rural streets and inside the homes of this country!

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By Charley, May 16, 2007 at 10:33 am Link to this comment
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PRAISE THE LARD (that clogged his arteries)

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By English Teacher, May 16, 2007 at 10:13 am Link to this comment

Jerry Falwell—the best argument yet for abortion.

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By Skruff, May 16, 2007 at 10:01 am Link to this comment
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Each human being should be remembered for one decent act;

Out of all the anti-abortion groups Falwell’s was the only one I ever heard advocate that those who oppose abortion are morally bound to adopt.

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By Druthers, May 16, 2007 at 9:41 am Link to this comment
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For once I’ll quote Rumsfeld, “Stuff happens”.
It is a fact, the man is gone.

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By Scott, May 16, 2007 at 9:39 am Link to this comment

I guess I can’t bring myself to blame people’s mothers this close to Mothers Day so I’m sticking with the village.

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By PaulMagillSmith, May 16, 2007 at 9:28 am Link to this comment

One of the most truthful & profound bumper stickers I ever saw was, “THE MORAL MAJORITY IS NIETHER”.

To God I can only quote the song lyric, “Should have been done long ago…”

Now I understand why he was so set against abortion. If his mother had had any common sense she would have aborted him the first time he opened his vile hateful deceptive mouth, and he probably surmised this.

Once he is chucked in the ground we can all ‘Rest In Peace’

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By Scott, May 16, 2007 at 9:27 am Link to this comment

To be sure Falwell wound up being a complete waste of skin. There must have been a point in time though when was just an innocent little kid with no pre-conceived notions and no less potential than Ghandi.

If it does takes a village to raise a child, and I think it does, what went wrong?

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By DS Ellis, May 16, 2007 at 9:18 am Link to this comment

While I’m loathe to speak ill of the dead (they’re no longer able to defend themselves), I think the rationality quotient of this country just skewed a few points in the direction of common sense.  Perhaps the tolerance quotient, too.

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By Frostedflakes, May 16, 2007 at 9:18 am Link to this comment

Hopefully Falwell asked for repentance of his sins, which are many and varied, before he died because he, personally, is responsible for much bigotry and hatred in the U.S. The type of Christian message that Falwell preached was more damaging than heartfelt: We can all thank him for nothing. Mr. Falwell, you will not be missed.

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By Terrence Sullivan, May 16, 2007 at 9:16 am Link to this comment
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Sorry!  Not one ounce of sympathy for the racist, bigot and hypocrite.  The Only thing I’m sorry about is that it didn’t come sooner.  If only Pat Roberson can go next .... like today wouldn’t be soon enough to suit me.  I respect a few of the leaders of Christian ideaology for their tolerance of other religions and other hot button issues. If judgement day does come to all of us it won’t be determined by me, Falwell (though he liked to think it would, Pat Robertson or the likes of Jimmy Swaggert or the countless other huffing and puffing blowhards that are good at filling their pockets at the expense of instilling fear,doubt and feelings of low self worth on their parishoners.  I only hope Tinky Winky of the Teletubbies had crawled up his ass before he died or maybe caused his demise.  Good Bye ... Good Riddance the world is a better place without Jerry Falwell.

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By G Andersen, May 16, 2007 at 9:15 am Link to this comment
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One less religious nut using Jesus to advance just about every agenda possible. 

Unfortunately, there will be some other nut ready and willing to blame all the ills of our world on Satan and give all the credit for the success to Jesus. 

The problem with people like this and their mindless followers is that they take no personal responsibility.  It is either Satan’s fault, gods will or the pagans fault.  Never the “Christian’s” fault when things do not go as they want.

I think the only ones who will shed a tear are the ones who have made big bucks as a result of knowing this bloated charlatan posing as a man of God. He would have been more believable as a KKK leader.

Sincerely,

Amused by the human condition

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By Sophia Teresa, May 16, 2007 at 9:10 am Link to this comment
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What about this for a Falwell obituary?

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By Skruff, May 16, 2007 at 7:31 am Link to this comment
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70182 by Sandy on 5/15 at 5:01 pm says:

“If there is a God, He will say to Jerry, “You didn’t follow Christ’s teachings so I’m sending you back to earth. This time you will be a young gay man in Palestine or maybe a young 20 year old woman in Iraq. Either way, you need to learn compassion, acceptance and and put into practice The Golden Rule.”

We don’t need to burden some other poor-backwater country with Falwell’s reconoitered hate… have him come back as an unwanted child who’s mother couldn’t choose abortion, in America’s seething slums

I’d pick East St. Louis, but won’t be picky.

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By DAG, May 16, 2007 at 7:19 am Link to this comment

I tried really hard to shed a tear for this man…but couldn’t.  Instead all I could think of was all of the other religious leaders that I would like to see leave in the same manner.  One down—100 more to go!

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By James Yell, May 16, 2007 at 7:11 am Link to this comment
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Well let us list a few of Falwell’s sins, besides promoting mean behavior amongst the faithful.

He shaved, he wore perfume, he coveted money, he was a glutton, he was arrogant, he wore sumptous clothing, he was self-righteous, I can’t speak for the things he did in private as I didn’t know him nor would I have wanted to. As the above are all listed amongst the no, no’s in the old testament he loved to use to damn other people, he surely was a hypocrit and cherry picker.

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By Louise, May 16, 2007 at 7:06 am Link to this comment
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“Dr. Falwell was a man of distinguished accomplishment who devoted his life to serving his faith and country,” said Sen. John McCain.”

Perfect response from a presidential wannabee. Targets both sides. The way I see it, since Farwell’s faith was based on his self-appointment as the voice of God ... he clearly devoted his life to serving himself. That millions have been harmed or misled along the way is unimportant.

Falwell’s success in making himself the representative of God is unquestionable. Just look at the money and power he was able to accumulate.

I wonder ... will he be recognized on the other side? Guess that all depends on God’s values. What do you suppose He/She cares the most about, money and power or peace and love?

Meanwhile, while Falwell’s choice for “voice of the Lord” wanders through the corridors of Heaven ... or that other place ... looking for his reward, his self appointed replacements will no doubt be wandering through the corridors of Capital Hill. Lobbying for recognition as the official “voice of the Lord” replacement.

What an opportunity for money and power!
Maybe we need to warn our respective reps and senators to watch out for the stampede!
Poor things, they miss so much.

OK, irreverent I know. But so is fighting war in the name of God.

Sorry Mr. Falwell.
God speed.

“Matt Foreman, executive director of National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, extended condolences to those close to Falwell, but added:

“Unfortunately, we will always remember him as a founder and leader of America’s anti-gay industry, someone who exacerbated the nation’s appalling response to the onslaught of the AIDS epidemic, someone who demonized and vilified us for political gain and someone who used religion to divide rather than unite our nation.”

Amen.

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By tomofcda, May 16, 2007 at 5:25 am Link to this comment
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I just think it’s ironic that this man devoted his life to the Bible, yet seemed to ignore all the passages describing the Pharisees.

My condolences to his family.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, May 16, 2007 at 5:13 am Link to this comment

Verily I say unto you, from whence cometh all this venom?

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By Akira_Maritias, May 16, 2007 at 4:53 am Link to this comment

I’ve only heard one person that seemed to be sad that Falwell was dead. I think the reason that ‘Trevor’ was sad was because a few atheists were happy. That’s reason enough to be angry. Atheists happy about death? Call ‘em fuck heads!

http://www.truthdig.com/dig/item/200512_an_atheist_manifesto/

Feel free to read his comment in the shout box under the article. It might be the only one that seems to be even slightly close to missing Falwell.

I almost cheered when I saw that Falwell had died. What a jerk! He blamed people in the country for 9/11, for God’s sakes! If he was on the path of justice…I want NOTHING to do with the path of justice.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, May 16, 2007 at 4:34 am Link to this comment
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Let me join the chorus of mournful eulogies I have read so far.
This lowlife dividing egotistical bible thumping overweight grotesque caricature of a human being is finally where he belongs in the hottest place in hell.
The only depressing thing is that so many of my fellow Americans have been taken in by this charlatan and in Gods name have engaged in prejudice and bigotry and sheer hatred.
I hear from a medium friend of mine that Jerry and Adolf Hitler are already very close and are comparing notes on how they convinced people to do horrible things and laughing.

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By B, May 16, 2007 at 4:23 am Link to this comment
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Couldn’t have happened to a better person.

excerpt from http://b-political.blogspot.com/


BRIMSTONE TIMES

HELL- Today, one of our most esteemed visionaries is coming home to us. This following a 73 year assignment among the living. His was a task of utmost importance to the work set forward to us by the Flaming Master himself. Don’t take my word for it. Let his own words show you the incredible work he had to do.

HATE

“I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way—all of them who have tried to secularize America—I point the finger in their face and say, “You helped this happen.”“

—Rev Jerry Falwell, blaming civil libertarians, feminists, homosexuals, and abortion rights supporters for the terrorist attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, quoted from John F Harris, “God Gave US ‘What We Deserve,’ Falwell Says,” The Washington Post (September 14, 2001)

—continues on the blog

Now it really is time to take this op. to shut down Bush/Liberty and fire his little army of appointees.


B

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By Bos Van Trist, May 16, 2007 at 2:43 am Link to this comment
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The drinks are on me.

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By Radical Atheist Cleric, May 15, 2007 at 11:53 pm Link to this comment
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Well my vote is that there is no hell so he won’t be going there. But good riddance anyway to a total scumbag.

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By kevin99999, May 15, 2007 at 11:17 pm Link to this comment
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I wish I could say that I was saddened by the news of his death..but the truth is that this man had no redeeming qualities as a human being.

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By WykydRed, May 15, 2007 at 10:47 pm Link to this comment
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It wasn’t soon enough.


And… The Moral Majority “evolved”? Oh yeah. Straight to his worst vision of hell….


Be wary. Like they say, “Better the devil that you know than the devil you don’t.” I think there are far more egregious evilmongers waiting to step up in his stead.

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By rowdy, May 15, 2007 at 10:39 pm Link to this comment

there is only one thing i can say about this. when i first read of the sudden death of this bloated hypocritical money grubbing scumbag,the first thing i did, i opened a bottle of canada’s very best blended whiskey[Crown Royal,which i save for very special occasion’s] poured a double, said these word’s;if there really is a hell i hope you and all of your followers burn there for all eternity. and then i tossed it back and poured myself another. i do so hope he and ronald reagan get along.

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By c.perry, May 15, 2007 at 9:19 pm Link to this comment
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Gungha Din has a new customer. ” E’ll be squatin on the coals giving drinks to poor damned souls”.

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By Mar Del Zur, May 15, 2007 at 8:52 pm Link to this comment

Well, well, well….hell has a new cheerleader.

We should all remember this man, and remember him well, his words, his deeds. Remember him so we can recognize the next Jerry Fallwell when he comes along, and not allow him to carry as much sway as this Fallwell did. Not allow another ignorant, bigoted homophobe to influence so many in positions of power, and spread his hatred to the masses.

Hopefully Pat Robertson is next…time for some soul harvesting in the Moron Minority…

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By RAE, May 15, 2007 at 8:09 pm Link to this comment

I guess I should be ashamed of myself when, reading the news, I exclaimed out loud, “OH, GOOD!”,... but I’m not.

Falwell and his ilk of arrogant, prejudiced, bigoted, homophobic, narrow-minded egotists are largely responsible for the divisive, antagonistic and adversarial society we’ve become.

Divide and conquer. A lesson he learned how to use very well indeed. Divide the sheep from the goats, then fleece the sheep.

Of course, for the Falwells of this world to succeed there needs to exist a whole whack of simple-minded sheep - and boy, do we have that in spades!

Good riddance to bad rubbish. But I have no illusions that there aren’t a dozen waiting in the wings to carry on his “work.”

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By John Lowell, May 15, 2007 at 8:01 pm Link to this comment
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More than anything else, Jerry Falwell’s legacy will have been to having been present at the birth of what today can only be described as a kind of latter day ReichsChurch, a seamless weaving of biblicist Evangelicalism with Republican Party politics and neo-con warmongering. One finds it hard to locate the purely theological in someone like Falwell so completely had his political loyalties come to determine aspects of his faith. A case in point, his unqualified support - together with the likeminded James Dobson, Richard Land and Charles Colson - for the Bush stem-cell compromise in 2001, it having earned the decided condemnation of the Vatican, the USCCB, and the rest of committed Christianity. Christianity for a man of Falwell’s outlook began with an “R” as it does today for much of self-described “religious social conservatism”. But because it has reduced so much of faith to an ideology, to a kind of moralism devoid of Christological imperatives, it will die along with Falwell and the present generation of its leadership. While one assuredly wishes Falwell the peace of eternal life, one wonders precisely what loss to the faith his passing presents.

John Lowell

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By Leefeller, May 15, 2007 at 7:49 pm Link to this comment

Who was it that said “Death Happens”? Do not suppose it was the Tela Tubbies!

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By JC, May 15, 2007 at 7:48 pm Link to this comment
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Too bad.

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By Leefeller, May 15, 2007 at 7:48 pm Link to this comment

Who was it that said “Death Happens”?

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By Sinthyia, May 15, 2007 at 7:46 pm Link to this comment

The world is now a much better place…

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By CJ, May 15, 2007 at 7:39 pm Link to this comment
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Not to speak ill of the dead or anything, but…in this case, why not and well deserved? Yes, indeed:

Satan had a good day, not having snared a soul this juicy since Hussein, and Reagan before him. Is Billy Graham still with us? Can’t remember. (Remember, W.R. Hearst discovered young Billy in a tent someplace. I digress.) Wonder how Jerry’s doin’ NOW! Imagine the embarrassment! Jerry never could get it straight, so to speak, always getting it bass-ackward, which is what happens when power corrupts weak souls.

This latest Borgia did a whole lot a damage while upon this earthly plane. His legacy, aside from permanent damage done, is someplace called Liberty University, where “law” students are taught about how America is really a theocracy, blah-blah, etc. etc. And you know, about how Christians are persecuted and so on and so forth?

But, as Falwell, Robertson, Dobson, Perkins, et al. are fond of noting, Satan has his legions, one of whom got a call today. Seems it was time for at least one to pay debt owed. In general, Lucifer must be ecstatic these days, what with all the juicy souls soon to come his way, including at least one even juicer than the one he called home today. (Hint: initials are P.R., a “Christian” pastor who advocates political assassination, nuclear war and profiteering, off gold and blood-diamonds, both to be found in places like Liberia and Sierra Leone. Number is not 666, but 700. I’ll have to contemplate the difference of 34—no doubt as unfathomable as the Holy Trinity.)

(Confession: I’m a non-believer who only wishes above were all true, at least for today, and on a few days yet to come. Maybe, in some mysterious way, unknown to us so-called “relativists” lacking in faith, it IS all true—providing one believes ardently enough. Did Falwell really believe? We’ll never really know, but I’m inclined to think he never did, which would mean that today he became so much historical dust, never to suffer the pain he inflicted. Condolences to family, as sons carry on the clerical tradition, known to all religions, and which involves but one more form of domination, except the religious form dresses better.)

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, May 15, 2007 at 7:38 pm Link to this comment

How’d that happen?

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By Fadel Abdallah, May 15, 2007 at 7:33 pm Link to this comment

I would like to comment on Falwell’s silent death with the following metaphor:

At the moment of his death, the Angels of Mercy and the Angels of Punishment gathered to dispute where to take his soul. The Angels of Mercy claimed that he has done some good, so his soul deserves to be taken to Paradise. The Angels of Punishment claimed that he used religion for personal ends and made it subservient to money and divisive politics, therefore he deserves to go to Hell-fire.

The seriousness of the arguments and counter arguments by these two contending groups of Angels made them agree that this is going to be a long dragging battle between them; therefore they decided to place his soul in a limbo till further notice! They also decided that his fate will be decided by people at the court of Truthdig. Everyone is invited to vote!

My personal vote is that he deserves to go to Hell-fire.

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By QuyTran, May 15, 2007 at 6:44 pm Link to this comment

Moral Majority now becomes Moral Minority !

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By Sandy, May 15, 2007 at 6:01 pm Link to this comment
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If there is a God, He will say to Jerry, “You didn’t follow Christ’s teachings so I’m sending you back to earth. This time you will be a young gay man in Palestine or maybe a young 20 year old woman in Iraq. Either way, you need to learn compassion, acceptance and and put into practice The Golden Rule.”

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By Janet, May 15, 2007 at 5:54 pm Link to this comment
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I guess god just could no longer his hate-mongering and so she said, Enough!

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