Jerry Falwell has died at 73

Jerry Falwell, founder of the “Moral Majority” died today at his office at Liberty University, where he was President.

Reverend Falwell has managed to provide the religious right-wing-nuts of this country with ‘moral’ justification for acts of hate.

ThinkExist.com has an extensive collection of Falwell quotes. Here are a few examples.

“AIDS is not only God’s punishment for homosexuals; it is God’s punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals.”

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

Or my all-time favorite regarding the terrorist attacks of 9/11…

“I really believe that the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians… the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who try to secularize America…I point the thing in their face and say you helped this happen.”

Bette Davis in response to the death of her nemesis Joan Crawford told us that one should never speak bad things about the dead.

Jerry Falwell is dead… I think I’ll shut up now.

  9 comments for “Jerry Falwell has died at 73

  1. Dan Chmielewski
    May 15, 2007 at 11:44 am

    Wonder how that conversation is going with St. Peter…..

  2. May 15, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    You think he ended up THERE???

  3. May 15, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    Bette Davis in response to the death of her nemesis Joan Crawford told us that one should never speak bad things about the dead.

    You’re a true class act, Chris. Bette would be proud. So does this mean that I’d have to stop giving Pat Roberston grief when he passes away?

    ; )

  4. Dan Chmielewski
    May 15, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    Mike — when my son was baptized as a very progressive Catholic Church in Boston, our baptismal classes said if you believe in God, as I do, you must believe there is a Devil. And if you believe there is a Heaven, then there is Hell. The folks leading the classes then said because Jesus died for our sins, then no one is in hell. It was a cool church; they used non-gener specific language for the prayers and by doing that, my son’s bapitism was invalidated by the Archdiocese of Boston. The prayer the priest gave was “in the Name of God the Creator through Jesus the Christ in the Power of the Holy Spirit” when it should have been “In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” The bishop explained to me that baptism was so important that the prayer had to be done exactly. I asked him “if that’s the case, why wasn’t the prayer done in Hebrew.” The story about the baptisms made all the Boston papers and TV stations. So yes, I believe Falwell will go to heaven and Jesus will have some explaining to do about whatthe good reverend has gotten wrong over the years.

  5. demmother
    May 15, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    My anti spam word was global warming, how appropriate. This could be heaven or this could be hell depending on your perspective.

    Anyway, my comment is how I will miss some of Jerry’s declarations. Perhaps we should rent a copy of ‘The People vs. Larry Flynt’ in memorium.

    What will the Teletubbies and Tinky Winky do for attention now?

  6. Publius
    May 15, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    The “Moral Majority” was neither moral or a majority.
    Feel free to discuss.

  7. Manny Mendez
    May 16, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    The people who oppose and hate Rev Falwell are them that are perishing. He spoke as the Holy Bible declares reagarding sin, homosexuality, and all other forms of sin. Don’t blame the messenger!!!
    The heart of men is wicked..

    Manny

  8. May 16, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    Manny,
    The message of hate and intolerance is wicked. As are those who carry that message. To interpret the Bible as the literal “word of God” is insane. The Bible is a set of rules and ‘moral’ laws set down by men over thousands of years in order to establish control over society ‘thousands of years ago.” Many of those ‘laws’ are silly in our world today.

    Falwell was not a follower of Jesus Christ. Christ taught love and forgiveness and understanding for all people. He was a radical, one might say ‘liberal’ Jew.

    Falwell taught hate for all people who believe differently from his personal faith. When I ask “what would Jesus do,” Jerry Falwell doesn’t come to mind. If you doubt my perception here I direct you to his very own words. I ask you to consider, where in all of the gospel, did Jesus Christ ever speak as Falwell did?

    While I have empathy for the loss his family has experienced by his death, I cannot ignore the damage he has caused by his hateful acts during his lifetime.
    For his sake, I hope that his acceptance of Christ as his savior and repentance for his sins against his fellow man, is enough to save his soul from hell.

  9. demmother
    May 16, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    Chris,

    Mother Goddamn is going to give you SUCH a spanking.

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