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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Falwell Obits

posted by on May 15 at 11:44 AM

Jerry Falwell’s death at 73 (confession: My first, karma-destroying response was to cheer. Sorry, God!) has prompted a swift reaction from the blogs.

Grist: Falwell was “a paranoid, avaricious, hate-spewing enabler of America’s basest lizard-brain impulses.”

Dispatches from the Culture Wars: “A shameless liar, a demagogue and a driving force for a variety of anti-liberty causes.”

Sadly, No!: “God Kills Falwell.”

Feministe: “Hope he’s wearing asbestos underwear.”

Shakespeare’s Sister: “If there is a god, may s/he show Mr. Falwell precisely as much compassion as he showed others during his lifetime.”

Gawker: “We guess if you say enough ignorant, intolerant shit over enough time, God finally does call you home.”

Pandagon: “The gates of hell swing open and Satan welcomes home his beloved son.”

The Carpetbagger Report, meanwhile, has a comprehensive timeline of Falwell’s life and work, including a statement in 1999 that the Antichrist prophesied in the Bible is alive today and “of course he’ll be Jewish.”

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It's nice to see that everybody is glad he's dead. We won't see swift responses like this until Phelps is maggot food.

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 15, 2007 11:44 AM

It doesn't look like much work will be getting done today at Stranger HQ.

Posted by gillsans | May 15, 2007 11:46 AM

You need to hold a contest. The best depiction of Falwell suffering in hell wins a hundred bucks or a trip to Vegas or something.

Posted by Gitai | May 15, 2007 11:49 AM


My wife and I have sent our condolences to Macel Falwell and her family. Jerry has been a tower of strength on many of the moral issues which have confronted our nation. Liberty University is a magnificent accomplishment and will prove a lasting legacy. Jerry’s courage and strength of convictions will be sadly missed in this time of increasing moral relativism. I join with the tens of thousands of his friends to mourn the passing of this extraordinary human being.

Posted by Jason | May 15, 2007 11:50 AM

Is it not-so-odd to anyone else that Falwell's university is in Lynchburg?

Posted by john | May 15, 2007 11:58 AM

Was Falwell the real-world Peter Griffin? Or vice versa?

Posted by juris | May 15, 2007 11:59 AM

Falwell roasting on an open fire.
Satan glad to see his knave.
God is just glad she's rid of him.
And it's Christmastime for the brave!

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 15, 2007 12:06 PM


"An American who built and led a movement based on strong principles and strong faith has left us. He will be greatly missed, but the legacy of his important work will continue through his many ministries where he put his faith into action. Ann and I have had the honor to talk and meet with Reverend Falwell and get to know him as a man of deep personal faith and commitment to helping those around him. He will be forever remembered."

Posted by Jaysen | May 15, 2007 12:08 PM

Will The Stranger be hosting a party tonight?

Posted by Adam | May 15, 2007 12:10 PM

McCain once called Falwell "an agent of intolerance."

And here's McCain on Falwell's falling today:

"I join the students, faculty, and staff of Liberty University and Americans of all faiths in mourning the loss of Reverend Jerry Falwell.

"Dr. Falwell was a man of distinguished accomplishment who devoted his life to serving his faith and country.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Falwell's family at this difficult time."


Flip Flip Flippity Flop Flop And Ya Don't Stop

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | May 15, 2007 12:11 PM

@10 - did you expect him - or any politician - to openly dance on the greasy fuck's grave? Public officials generally feel obliged to show some class, unlike you and I, who are free to say what everyone's really thinking.

Posted by tsm | May 15, 2007 12:19 PM

He, being McCain, could have just said NOTHING, #11. There is no mandate that states you have to put out a public statement when someone dies. McCain's statement is just a pandering to the far Right, as usual these days.

Posted by Stephanie | May 15, 2007 12:27 PM

Not my own original thought but I agree... I'm glad Tammy Faye outlived him.

Posted by monkey | May 15, 2007 12:43 PM

Love thine enemies.

Posted by Fnarf | May 15, 2007 12:50 PM

At lunch I mentioned to a guy I work with that Jerry Fallwell was dead. He had never heard of him, and he's 31 and grew up in Oakland. I almost envy his ignorance.

Posted by elswinger | May 15, 2007 2:04 PM

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