The lights in hell burn a little bit brighter this afternoon.
Why? Where did you think he would end up?
Do you know what comes to mind when I think of Jerry Falwell? A great big fat tub of hate, greed, and avarice.
There I go again, being negative.
But behind the controversies was a shrewd, savvy operator with an original vision for affecting political and moral change. He rallied religious conservatives to the political arena at a time when most fundamentalists and other conservative religious leaders were inclined to stay away, and helped pulled off what once seemed the impossible task of uniting religious conservatives from many faiths and doctrines over what they had in common, rather than focusing on the differences that kept them apart.
They were then able to focus on the differences of everyone outside of their new faith-based circle and demonize them all.
[H]e was a lightning rod for controversy and caricature. He apologized, for example, after televised remarks suggesting that the 9/11 terrorist attacks reflected God’s judgment on a nation spiritually weakened by the American Civil Liberties Union, providers of abortion and supporters of gay rights, and after he called Muhammad a terrorist.
Yeah. Like that.
And that little bit of conversation that Falwell shared with fellow radical cleric Pat Robertson showed me what camp that he was in, had been in, and would forever be in: The one that believed that the 9/11 hijackers had done God's work. Think about it, if the attacks were God's judgment, then the attackers were agents of God's will, especially since they had their own fucked up notions of acting on behalf of God. Like it says above, he was adept at "the impossible task of uniting religious conservatives from many faiths and doctrines over what they had in common," and I'm sure that it was simply instinctive to ally himself with a group of people as intent upon destroying an enlightened liberal democracy as he himself had been his entire life.