May 15, 2007

RIP, Jerry Falwell

Allah reported earlier in the day that Falwell had been found non-responsive in his office. Apparently, he has passed away.

I'll be honest: I always found Falwell a little bit disturbing and creepy. And I say this as one of those evangelical types in good standing with my church. He deserves the credit, as James Joyner rightfully acknowledges, for helping bring religious conservatives into the realm of politics And I actually met the man once, on the day of my graduation from college. It turns out that his daughter was graduating from VCU/MCV's medical school that day and he had parked right next to my sister's car; we all arrived back at our vehicles at the same time.

What's the point? I don't really have one. He seemed nice enough in person, but I never much cared for him. However, he has left family and friends behind who love him and I know that they're grieving. They have my condolences.

Update: Not surprisingly, the sinestrophe side of the blogosphere is popping champagne corks and celebrating. I haven't seen that much happiness from the perpetually aggrieved since Reagan died which, I guess, shows how completely vile, heartless and full of shit those people are.

Update: I know that John Cole, much like me, never liked Falwell, but he's taken the high road:


You all are better than that. And the thing that people need to remember is that despite what we may think of him, a number of people are grieving. If you can’t muster the sympathy to behave decently for their sake, well, I got nothing.

Sadly, not everyone can be bothered to extend sympathy for those who've just lost a loved one. Sadly, but not surprisingly.

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1 What does the word "sinestrophe" mean? I googled it, and the only hit was for the above sentence. Does it mean something like "turning towards the left"?

Posted by: Bill Ramey at May 16, 2007 02:06 PM (6x5iF)

2 I'm an atheist, but Falwell never struck me as a hypocrite; he never came off as careless as Pat Robertson; and I remember National Review showing him some respect during the 80s. He didn't seem to cravenly seek out the spotlight in recent years.

Posted by: Some guy at May 16, 2007 09:46 PM (GpVew)

3 Personally, I can't wait until Jimmy Carter dies. I will completely embarrass everyone who knows me with my gratuitous grave-dancing. I'll show those lefties how to act like thoughtless turds THAT day, I'll tell you what.

Posted by: Harvey at May 18, 2007 02:28 PM (L7a63)

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