Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Jerry Falwell Has Died.

Okay, I want to make it very clear that I am not happy about Jerry Falwell's death, and that this is not any kind of celebration.

But in the next few days, as the tide of bullshit mounts about what a great Spiritual Leader Jerry Falwell was and how he touched the loves of so many people, I want you to remember this:

"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.'"

-Jerry Falwell, September 14, 2001

“I listen to feminists and all these radical gals - most of them are failures. They've blown it. Some of them have been married, but they married some Casper Milquetoast who asked permission to go to the bathroom. These women just need a man in the house. That's all they need. Most of the feminists need a man to tell them what time of day it is and to lead them home. And they blew it and they're mad at all men. Feminists hate men. They're sexist. They hate men - that's their problem.”

“The ACLU is to Christians what the American Nazi party is to Jews.”

“If you're not a born-again Christian, you're a failure as a human being.”

"We're fighting against humanism, we're fighting against liberalism ... we are fighting against all the systems of Satan that are destroying our nation today ... our battle is with Satan himself."

Falwell and his ilk, with constant yammering about "culture war," took differences of opinion and turned them into casus belli. They pitted us against each other for their own political gain. Jerry Falwell was one of the leaders of a group that has done more to divide and weaken this country than Al Quaeda could ever dream of. Don't ever forget it.

I'm not happy for anyone's death, but I shed no tears.


Randy Johnson said...

The death of any human being is no cause for rejoicing. But I have to say this one bothers me a little less than most. I think Mr. Falwell when he gets to his next destination may be surprised it's not the one he thought it would be.

David Terrenoire said...

I never understood why it was OK to declare war on your friends, fellow citizens, family members and neighbors.

What part of that war is OK?

Karen Olson said...

I went to college in southwestern Virginia. I had an English professor who used to call Falwell "The Lynchburg Messiah." I just hope there won't be any sort of resurrection.

C.L. Jahn said...

Ahh, the Devil has a new playmate. Gee, I wish I could have been there to see the look on Falwell's face when he woke up Downstairs....[sigh]

Jim Winter said...

In advance of tomorrow's tasteless post on the subject (because I was stranded in a subway station in San Francisco about the time Jerry kicked the bucket and hadn't seen any news until about 10 PM tonight), I am not sorry he's gone, and am a bit upset that his death wasn't the result spontaneous human combustion during a live broadcast of THE OLDTIME GOSPEL HOUR.

Jerry Falwell is why I don't sympathize with Catholic kids. My response is usually, "Dude, unless you had one of THOSE priests, you didn't have squat to complain about." Jerry and his sidekick Pat ruined my adolescence.

Phoebe Fay said...

It's not rejoicing in death to point out that Jerry Falwell was a world-class hemorrhoid on the butt of humanity.

If someone had asked me yesterday what I thought of Falwell, I would have said he is a fat, mean, nasty asshole. The mere fact of his death changes only the verb tense, not my opinion.

Indiana Joe said...

I'm not going to mourn Falwell's death. However, I do hope he died a repentant scumbag, instead of an unrepentant one.

Kristy said...

Off ya go, Jerry. And remember, it's not the heat, it's the...no, wait, yeah, it's the heat. Enjoy.