Yesterday, I found that the left has gone too far in celebrating the Rev. Falwell’s death. I don’t agree with Falwell’s politics or his creed, but he was a husband and father and by all accounts, a pretty decent man albeit with some crazy, nonsensical ideas. But then, so is Jesse Jackson. The most that can be held against him are his inflammatory words. Linking to the hate only perpetuates it, but here are some quotes:
Thank you, Death!!!
The psycho-Christian leader, Rev. Jerry Falwell, is DEAD!
YEAH!!! HUZZAH!!! One less pro-Medieval/Dark Ages/Crusades, theocratic, homophobic, sexist/patriarchal/misogynist, (racist?) superstitious fanatic in this country. Compassion for bigots my fucking ass! ::spits bitterly:: He showed no such thing to those who were not of his ilk. Like your typical extremist, bigoted Christian, he didn’t believe in the “do onto others as you would have them do onto you,” or “let he who is without sin cast the first stone,” parts of the Bible. No, instead he believed in “do as I say, not as I do.” Cult leaders and the jackass, LSD-doin‘, pot-smokin‘ hippies of the sixties and seventies did and still do the same thing– picking and choosing what they liked out of “holy texts” to serve their own egotistical ideological purposes. Wow, Christians or any other religious/superstitious fanatic(s)– Islamic terrorists, Orthodox Jews, pro-caste system Hindus, etc.–not practicing what they preach or their “holy text(s),” and/or using religion/superstition as a means to promote and excuse their bigotry, what a shocker!
Or how about this one:
The gates of hell swing open and Satan welcomes his beloved son
Jerry Falwell’s dead.
Guess god liked the ACLU better after all.
I’m sorry, but this is just sad. Did Falwell blow up buildings? No. Did Falwell shoot anyone in the name of God? No. Did Falwell kidnap and torture innocent people? No. Did Falwell stand up for what he believed was right. Yes. Is that a crime in this country? Apparently so. I do not believe in the type of Christianity that Falwell believes in. I disagree with him on nearly every point. But, what it comes down to is that all the hate is generated because of a difference in ideology. In my view, these hateful comments are no different than Fred Phelps and his hateful bunch of homophobes in Kansas who protest soldiers’ funerals. Rather than the shrill politics of hate, I think we need the voice of reason here which acknowledges the death of a fellow human being with a modicum of dignity:
I was saddened to learn that Rev. Jerry Falwell passed away this morning at age 73. Rev. Falwell and I have met many times over the years, as the media often paired us as debate partners on issues of faith and politics. I respected his passionate commitment to his beliefs, and our shared commitment to bring moral debate to the public square, although we didn’t agree on many things. At this time, however, what matters most is our prayers for comfort and peace for his family and friends.
Or how about these sensible thoughts:
James A. Forbes Jr.
Senior Minister, The Riverside Church
The Reverend James Alexander Forbes Jr. has been Senior Minister of The Riverside Church, an interdenominational, interracial, and international congregation in New York, since 1989. The ”On Faith” panelist also hosts “The Time Is Now” on Air America Radio. more »
Forthright and Fallible
I offer a word of condolence to his family, his university and the movement he founded.
I grieve his death and I grieve that many of the people to whom I was pastor were told by Rev. Falwell that they were not Christian, that they were not pleasing unto God.
While his perspective was different from mine, I must acknowledge the diligence and dedication, clarity and conviction which characterized his leadership. He was a formidable adversary for the left and an effective champion of the religious right. Excessive sometimes in his characterizations of positions he did not like, approaching methodologies of demagogue, but firm and forthright in what he believed.
I take from his ministry the importance of courageous declaration of truth we feel assigned to promote. May liberals and progressives bring a level of determination to promote the perspectives they hold with a measure of the force that we always found in Falwell.
These are the words of a gracious man. Falwell’s family are in my thoughts as well.