Jerry Fallwell was found dead today, and despite the fact that I don't celebrate when anyone dies, I have to wonder what that conversation was like at the gates of heaven when he showed up there earlier today. On one hand, you have a guy who is very religious. No one can argue that. This is also the same guy who spent a good part of his adult life saying horrible and hateful things about jews, gays, feminists and anyone who didn't share his fire and brimstone version of christianity.
I completely believe people have the right to say whatever they wish, even if I don't agree with what they say. I do have a problem with people who preach hatred, which is exactly what Fallwell did time and time again. Some classic Fallwellisms:
-His National Liberty Journal warned parents that Tinky Winky, a purple, purse-toting character on television’s “Teletubbies” show, was a gay role model and morally damaging to children.
-In 1999, he told an evangelical conference that the Antichrist was a male Jew who was probably already alive.
-Shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Falwell said he held gays and feminists among those partially responsible.
This sort of crap doesn't help the already weak political discourse in our country. Fallwell was very hateful man, and I'm not going to fall into the same hateful line of thinking, just because I happen to strongly disagree with every word that crossed his lips. I'm sure someone, somewhere thinks his death is tragic. But it's not me, and it's not here.