Friday, May 18, 2007

Farewell to Falwell

My friend asked me last night on XBL if I had a chance to blog about the death of Jerry Falwell and my opinion on the man and his life.

Well if you know me you can already assume how I felt about Falwell and you'd more than likely be right.

And sitting here, I dont think I could go off on a diatribe that could be expressed any better than the thoughts of Christopher Hitchens on Anderson Cooper 360:

And here's his follow-up on Fox News' Hannity and Colmes:

But with all that being said, and I do 100% agree with Christopher Hitchens on many of his points, I still feel the need to say goodbye in my own way, so here it is:


  1. I find it a little ironic that someone making statements about morality is calling someone an 'evil old man' on the eve of his death on national news shows. Nice.

    Regardless of what you believe or don't, it's surprising to me how easy some find it to overlook this level of disrespect and hypocrisy. Amazing how quickly people take advantage of the publicity that follows death of a notable figure to propagate their views.

    One of the most troubling parts is how they hide behind freedom of speech, like the fact that it's legal makes it ok. Freedom of speech wasn't intended to provide people with the right to say whatever they want, it was written to protect people in their right to criticize the government.

    The guy said he doesn't care about the family that is grieving Rev. Falwell's death. You really want to lump yourself into that school of thought?

    Teletubbies are scary.

  2. Ironic maybe, but his views dont negate the fact that Falwell was a big pile of crap.

    And people of all camps are getting on the discussion and pushing their views. The thing is that this is fair game - Falwell was a public figure and held sway over 1000's of people so to say the public cant have an opinion on the man or his death is a little hard to accept.

    The First Amendment:

    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

    I think it says you are free to say whatever you want about anything, not just to criticize the government.

    And no I dont care about Falwell's family. I am sorry for their loss, but I dont know them so I cant say as that I care about them in any other capacity. Their inability to choose who their father or husband was doesnt keep them from dissenting against his crazy ravings and since I've never heard them challenge his views, I can only assume they agree with him and on that level and on that assumption I have no use for them. And very likely they have no use for me either.

    Am I sorry a man is dead? Yep, all life is precious and valuable, even Falwell's. But I'm certainly not going to get on the wagon to honor the man's life or put him on some sort of pedestal.

    I find it ironic that no one seemed to care what Saddam's family thought of him being killed or argued the case that maybe our President saying he's wanted "dead or alive" didnt hurt their feelings at all.

    And if you didnt get the teletubbies reference, here ya go, Tinky Winky was called out as gay by Falwell and said to be used to recruit little kids to become gay. But yes they are scary.

  3. Interpret it how you want, I reference the intent of the law when it was written.

    Even taking your interpretation of freedom of speech into consideration, what would make his freedom to say the things he said any less than yours?

    I don't expect anyone to 'put him on a pedestal' or change their opinions. It is common human decently to honor the passing of another person with respect. The views and, more importantly, how they were delivered, are very disrespectful and poorly timed.

    I'm not even going to touch the Saddam reference. I don't see how you can draw a connection between a man that gassed thousands of civilians to a man that made a few comments that you disagreed with.

    And yes, I got the teletubby reference. : )

    Happy Friday Cory! : D

  4. I love our discussions on here. Man I miss working with you having these face-to-face.

    I'm sad now.

  5. Yeah I always used to get to a point where I just wanted to kick you in the head though. LOL.

    Maybe it is better this way. Besides I like it when you are sad. I am a sicko that way. : P


  6. i remember a certain someone messing around at work and kicking me in the head :@