Jerry Falwell Dead

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I just want to acknowledge he is gone.
The 2008 political race will be easier for me to stomach without Falwell’s meddling.
— Steve Clemons

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32 comments on “Jerry Falwell Dead

  1. Alec says:

    rest in shit motherfucker

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  2. Tom says:

    This was one of the most hateful, arrogant, pompous jackasses the world has ever known. Good riddance to him; I only wish there really was a hell for him to burn in.

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  3. susan says:

    Steve reports that he is gone. Just to make sure, I think someone should drive a stake through his heart.

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  4. JRosen says:

    It is a rare day when I, a lifelong atheist, really hope that there is an afterlife.

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  5. Matthew says:

    Here’s his epitaph: The public and intellectual life of America is better without him. Anything else is surplusage.

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  6. Frank says:

    I wish I had something good to say about him…Oh oh. I know,…… good riddance.

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  7. Dirk says:

    Whatever else he had to say, I think we can all agree that his warnings about “Tinky Winky” were probably accurate.

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  8. Marky says:

    I’m with zathras, if I understand his comment correctly.
    Falwell has as much legitimacy as any other political actor, odious as I find his views personally. Interestingly, he seems to have mellowed somewhat with age. In an excerpt of a very recent interview aired on CNN today, he averred that he would rather have a competent atheist as President than a believer.
    As far as his views of the causation of 9/11, bully for Falwell for saying straight up what many other fundamentalists thought.
    You knew where Falwell stood, and as far as I can tell, what he said is what he believed, unlike so many others in American politics.
    When you come face to face with a Falwell, there is no doubt in your mind that you’re in the company of a caveman—a relic of a time when people mixed magical thinking and logic without a second thought. I hope for the sake of mankind that we move beyond the idea that hoary texts hold any hope of solving the very concrete problems of the 21st century. Alas, I know this is probably a vain hope, but in a perverse way, Falwell, by the purity of his atavism, may serve as a model of how not not to be a human.
    I don’t think he was evil. I think he was just plain pig stupid.

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  9. EvilPoet says:

    Respect begets respect.

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  10. Zathras says:

    “Meddling”?
    Falwell built his position in American political life on the reaction to that kind of obtuse condescension.

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  11. God..aka Carroll says:

    Jerry who?

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  12. God..aka Carroll says:

    Jerry who?

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  13. Bucky Rea says:

    Damn, that’s cold, Steve.
    I’ve never liked a thing Jerry Falwell has done in American politics, but the man just died, for criminy’s sake. Show a little a little decency. If part of Falwell’s legacy in the world is attacking civility in politics, you paid him a pretty high homage with your post

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  14. susan says:

    The fires of hell are burning higher and brighter as they receive him.

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  15. peter says:

    Jesus, oh Lord, please kick the living crap outta Jerry, I mean thrash his ass, for the evil he’s done in your name. Then forgive him.

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  16. Mackie says:

    But Steve, how do you really feel?
    🙂

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  17. DonS says:

    Y’all remember the memorable rebuttal to Falwell’s organization:
    “The ‘Moral Majority’ is neither”.
    May it ever be so.
    (a Southwest Virginia reader who’s been far too close to Falwell for too long).

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  18. vachon says:

    He gave Christians a bad name.

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  19. Marcia says:

    Steve:
    Excellent post.

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  20. semper fubar says:

    “O’Donnell is an ethical and reason-based debater.”
    It doesn’t seem to be rubbing off on his client.

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  21. Ross Smith says:

    Whatever else he may have done to offend (plenty, from my perspective), no university president has done more to support academic debate then Falwell. His debaters were his pride and joy and he gave them freedom (unlike others at the school) to argue any side of any issue. The one event Falwell NEVER missed each year was the banquet at the tournament he hosted where he would submit himself to at least a half an hour of vigorous cross examination from the visiting, very liberal, debaters and coaches, no holds barred.
    His Debate Director, Brett O’Donnell is currently on leave as McCain’s debate advisor. O’Donnell is an ethical and reason-based debater.

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  22. Danton says:

    The man used religion to promote hate. May God have mercy on his soul.

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  23. Marky says:

    Well, I am able to praise Falwell in one way.
    At least he didn’t invest church funds in blood diamonds like Robertson.

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  24. Brigitte N. says:

    Hurt by what Jerry F. said about Democrats?
    You may want to read the following post
    http://www.reflectivepundit.com/reflectivepundit/2006/09/jerry_falwell_t.html

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  25. hazmaq says:

    I’ll try to be positive.
    Jerry once said on national TV: “If you believe in the bible, you can’t possible be a Democrat.”
    I was very hurt by that.
    But now I can say this back to Jerry:
    Jerry, I live near the Grand Canyon. And I believe that if there is a God, God is definately a Democrat.
    Good F!@#ing Luck!

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  26. daCascadian says:

    He`s never going to have to worry about being warm again.
    “We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.” – Jonathan Swift

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  27. winnipeger says:

    ‘ya think he went to heaven? 😉

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  28. Anthony Depolito says:

    He is with Jesus. Praise the Lord. And God help us all now that a leading spiritual light has left His people, the United States of America. Do not forsake us, oh Lord, in these troublesome times of the Global War on Terror. Oh! Jerry Falwell!, how we miss you already!
    God Bless America !!

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