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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

The Surreal Death

posted by on May 9 at 8:52 AM

Tammy Faye Baker is not long for this world. She posted this note on her website today…

The doctors have stopped trying to treat the cancer and so now it’s up to God and my faith. And that’s enough! But please continue to pray for the pain and sick stomach. My precious daughter, Tammy Sue, and her wonderful friends are staying with me while Roe builds churches. They don’t want me falling down the stairs. I am down weight wise to 65 pounds, and look like a scarecrow. I need God’s miracle to swallow. To those of you who are suffering as I…..”don’t give up”!! Make up your mind you’re going to LIVE !! That is NOT EASY! The path gets so long. I look at young people and wish with all my heart for just one day of ‘feeling great’. You see, God gives out his promises, they do not lie, they do not fail. We do not have to BEG him for them, they are FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Man, that sucks. I genuinely feel bad for Tammy Faye—which is remarkable.

When I was a young homo and Jim and Tammy Faye Baker were the country’s best known evangelical Christians—and, as it turned out, flock-fleecing charlatans—I hated them both, and with a passion. I hated them like I hated Ronald Reagan. But when Reagan finally got around to passing away… damned if he hadn’t outlived the anger I felt for him. Same with Tammy Faye. After her husband’s fall from grace (and felony convictions, and imprisonment), Tammy Faye became a bit more human.
Then she morphed into her camp phase and, well, she just an old goof in too much mascara. After she no longer had any real power, and no power to harm, I was able to recognize her as something close to human. Hating Tammy Faye became a waste of time and a misuse of my energy. She had outlived my anger, just like Reagan.

Gee… it makes me wonder if one day, when George W. Bush is out of office… no longer has the power to harm… on his deathbed… maybe… no. No way.


Via Towleroad.

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I'm surprised nobody has assassinated Bush* yet.

*1st amendment

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 9, 2007 9:14 AM

Ever see "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" documentary? She's actually a very sweet and caring person and was the only evangelical Christian to reach out and support the gays at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic.

She's not all evil.

Posted by FTW! | May 9, 2007 9:14 AM

yah i still hate regan and i was only like 5 when he bacame president.

Posted by something else | May 9, 2007 9:18 AM

Watching her on The Surreal Life was an eye opener. She was no longer the freak-show harridan possessed by demons of craziness; she was a charming, caring, and very funny woman. Remember, public evangelicalism is a sickness, not evil. She's not got what's wrong with Bush, by any stretch. I'm sorry for her and wish her an amazing recovery.

Posted by Fnarf | May 9, 2007 9:24 AM

I'll quit hating Bush when our country digs out of the mess he made.

Bt my calculations, that will be around the year 2112. I don't think I'll make it...

Posted by Mike in MO | May 9, 2007 9:31 AM


...and you think that currently protects you...

Posted by cochise. | May 9, 2007 9:38 AM

I see your point about Tammy Faye, and feel much the same way. But Reagan? Still hate him, and his evil wife too.

Posted by Mark Mitchell | May 9, 2007 9:43 AM

This sentence is just too damned sad for words - -
"I look at young people and wish with all my heart for just one day of ‘feeling great’. "
Arrrgh, i can't stand feeling sorry for evangelists!

It helped me feel a bit better to read today that Stephen Hawking took a ride in the "vomit commet" plane that simulates the 0 gravity of space and got to float and do somersaults. Aww, that's nice.

Posted by longball | May 9, 2007 9:48 AM

I always hated Reagan, and I still do, but I never had a problem with Jim and Tammy. Sure, they ripped a lot of stupid people off, but caveat emptor, as the lawyers say. Besides, I don't think they were ever hateful about their religion. They pretty much stayed out of the social issues as I recall.

Lung cancer is an awful way to go. That's what my dad died of.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | May 9, 2007 9:49 AM

i'm really sad...i don't think tammy faye was ever really a hater...she hated the 'sin' but didn't hate the sinner...any woman that into hair, makeup and clothes couldn't be much of a homo just know she's been surrounded by homos her entire life...granted, most of them were probably in the closet religious types, but still...once a fag hag, always a fag hag...

watching her on 'surreal life' was an eye opener...if she could bond with ron jeremy, she could bond with anyone....

Posted by michael strangeways | May 9, 2007 9:52 AM

Tammy Faye briefly wrote an advice column for XY magazine. Really.

(it's the second from last posting)

Posted by Acolyte | May 9, 2007 9:55 AM

@7, I am with you. I am still angry at Reagan for his not uttering the word AIDS until 5,000 were already dead, and for supporting the Contras in Nicaragua, and just about everything else he did when he was in office. W is a very, very bad president, but people seem to have forgotten how bad Reagan was.

Tammy Faye turned out to be a warm person with a big heart, in the end, despite her past. My anger with her is long gone. In fact, I have grown to like her and admire her. She will be missed.

Posted by phil | May 9, 2007 9:56 AM

I hate......hate.

Posted by summertime | May 9, 2007 10:06 AM

I love Tammy! :-( Poor thing.

Posted by monkey | May 9, 2007 10:16 AM

some of you interested in the ongoing human side of tammy faye would find the recently aired sundance documentary series 'one punk under god' fairly enlightening. it follows the story of the bakkers son (jim) return to christianity and his current ministry which features a highly prominent call for evangelicals to abandon their homophobias. the doc doesn't pull punches and jim jr still pays a high price in advocating gays a seat at the evangelical table. and somewhat like the children of reagan it is fascinating to watch his divergence with the value system of his parents while maintaining a relationship with them, which i cannot imagine any son or daughter of a bush doing

Posted by reverend dr dj riz | May 9, 2007 10:48 AM

My hatred for Nixon was never as great as my fear of Ronald Reagan. Reagan always gave me the impression he was daring the Russians to nuke us (this was also around the time of "The Day After").

But I can only hate one person at a time (though I can loathe many). I hate George W. and though I don't wish him dead, I wish he would be caught with child porn.

Posted by elswinger | May 9, 2007 10:53 AM

Bush getting caught with child porn is my happy thought for the day.

Posted by Dianna | May 9, 2007 11:18 AM

I'm still angry at Reagan. I don't think that's ever going away.

Remember, without Reagan, the election of Bush (either one, but W in particular) would have been impossible. The senile old fuck built the coalition that has spent the next 25+ years destroying America.

Tammy Faye was pretty much a victim of Jim in the old days, and once she got some distance from him her underlying humanity came out. It's sad to hear that she's dying, and I wish her well.

Posted by Cascadian | May 9, 2007 11:22 AM

I only vaguely remember Nixon from when I was a kid. I do remember Regan much more, and while I didn't like him, I never had the constant visceral loathing that I have for GWB. I disagreed with Regan on a lot of things, but it seemed like more of an honest disagreement in world views. He didn't seem as utterly morally bankrupt and corrupt as GWB. Regan was merely wrong, whereas GWB is a deeper evil combined with a fiercely stubborn incompetence. Regan never seemed like he was actively trying to destroy the country (just the unions). Or maybe I'm just having selective memory.

In any case, right now at least, I don't think GWB will outlive my anger. Ever.

Posted by SDA in SEA | May 9, 2007 11:47 AM

I am still angry at Reagan and ever shall be. Death notwithstanding, some of his policies & views still live to this day - and injure us all, as Cascadian @ 18 so ably pointed out. If you're feeling more charitable toward Ronnie as time softens your anger, try watching "And the Band Played On" again.

I have nothing against Tammy Faye at all; it's tough to die a slow & painful death, no one should be subjected to that. Watched too many relatives and friends go the same way. I would not wish it on any fellow human being.

But I read her pleas and wonder: shouldn't a true person of God be grateful that they are finally going to meet their maker? Just wondering.

Posted by ChillyMama | May 9, 2007 12:49 PM

It worked for Nixon. People practically drooled over the guy in the years before he died, and he was probably U.S. history's most disgraced president.

Posted by K | May 9, 2007 1:47 PM

GWB and Leno will be BFF soon enough.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | May 9, 2007 2:23 PM

IT's fascinating that a post about Tammy Fay's failing health led to a discussion about how evil Reagan was vs. GWB. I think that illustrates the difference right there. No matter what the subject these days, it all comes back to GWB. His imcompentance and villany is the ether we are all imersed in. I don't think Reagan quite reached that level of pervasize evil... but then i am white, Christian (reformed), straight male, so Ronny was always on my side.

Posted by longball | May 9, 2007 5:07 PM

Looks like BACKER; sounds like BAYKER - let's not go all SGN: from Wikipedia -
Tamara "Tammy" Faye LaValley Bakker Messner

Posted by THE SPELLING WORKER BEE | May 9, 2007 6:26 PM


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