Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Let's Gather in Remembrance

Some of Jerry Falwell's Greatest Hits:
  • Said that the Antichrist is most likely already alive and that "out of necessity" he’s a male Jew.
  • Rallied against Tinky Winky, the Teletubby, for being a “morally damaging” gay role model for children.
  • Blamed September 11th on feminists, gays, lesbians, pagans, and liberal groups.
  • Supported racial segregation in his early years, calling the Civil Rights Movement the “Civil Wrongs Movement.” – clever one, Jerry!
  • Decried America’s public schools as being breeding grounds for atheism, secularism and humanism.
  • Supported apartheid in South Africa.
  • Said that God is a Republican and Jesus was the “First American.”
This is a terrible thing for me to say...but I'm not sorry to see a powerful man with such a narrow mind and big mouth go.

14 comments:

Lori Mocha said...

That's not a terrible thing to say.

Good riddance.

Alannah said...

You're right. What kind of an a-hole calls Desmond Tutu a "phony?"

5 of 9er said...

You gotta love the "Jesus was the first America" comment... stupidity at it's best. He is one of those that probably did not believe that Jesus was Jewish.

Step Right Up said...
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Step Right Up said...

I am going to choose to be sympathetic to the friends and family who loved him and will miss him and compassionate about the death of another human being even if my beliefs are not the same. I think everyone at least deserves that.

carolyn says said...

i'm not sorry he'll be quiet now. for one person he sure managed alot of hateful rhetoric

StormySleep said...

I heard my assistant shout "Yay!" so I went to see what happened -- maybe we just won a prize, or she struck gold -- and she said excitedly, "Jerry Falwell died!" and there was much rejoicing.

A little less hate in the world, that can only be a good thing.

Alannah said...

Step Right Up - I hear what you're saying. The "nice, southern girl" in me wants to agree with you. Then the angry, cynical woman in me wants to say, "No, that's bullshit. He spread as much disinformation and hate and bigotry as he could during his lifetime and I'm glad to see him go." It's my version of the Native American parable about two wolves within me, I guess.

Unfortunately, there's plenty of other people ready to take his place and preach hatred and fear in the name of God and Jesus.

Step Right Up said...

How I'm standing on this subject I know is unpopular but I am a firm believer in two wrongs don't make a right. While I may not agree with the intolerance he practiced, I cannot dance and spit on another person's grave. I really don't mean to come off preachy.

Step Right Up said...

P.S. Alannah, you ARE a good southern girl. You are gracious to my differing remark on this subject when you could tell me to stick it where the sun don't shine. I thank you for that.

carolyn says said...

salon has a funny 'interview' with Tinky Winky about Falwell today

Alannah said...

I don't think what you're saying is unpopular. I like to believe that my readers are good, decent people. I think what we're dealing with instead are people who feel frustrated and angry and powerless much of the time. Then there's this man who represented so much of what we feel is wrong with the world today (narrow-mindedness, hate, misinformed, blowhard, stubborn refusal to see another's point of view, claimed to be a mouthpiece for all Christians, etc) and he's now dead. It's hard not to project our feelings of anger and frustration onto this situation and see it as a good thing. It's not so much about Jerry Falwell, the man, the father and grandfather, than Jerry Falwell, the symbol for our fucked-up, fractured culture.

Does that make sense?

Alannah said...

Oh and thanks for the comment! And PS I don't dance on graves - what do you think I'm some sort of PAGAN or something? ;)

Carolyn - don't you know I already read that! My beloved Salon....

Step Right Up said...

I do understand the frustration that people have felt over Falwell's views and I promise I would NEVER accuse you of being pagan. ;)