I think the late Rev. Falwell would agree with the suggestion that there are bad people in the world, people who trade on ignorance and hate and whose lives diminish our collective humanity. And in that spirit, he would certainly agree that we’re better off when such people pass onto their final reward. It’s for Jesus to judge the life of every person, not me.
That said, I would enjoy a chance to be in the gallery as Jerry and Jesus discuss some of the highlights of his career.
Categories: American Culture
a few thoughts of my own on the news over at http://oftenirate.wordpress.com
Uh-huh. And let’s not forget this one:
Things like that remind me that the work I’m doing actually is important, not for convincing them (because really, who among them is going to listen to a North East born, queer Harvard Divinity student), but for persisting in offering an alternative.
Nice write up.
I’m buying popcorn. It’s time to sit back and watch history revisionists bestow sainthood upon him.
So, Falwell, Ayatollah Khomeini, and Slobodan Milosevic are sitting on a bench in Hell’s version of Ellis Island together and Tomas de Torquemada walks up.
“You’re gonna love it here, ” he says. “I’ve been here centuries and it feels like – well, like centuries….”
Falwell says, “But this is hell!”
Torquemada looks at him with a rather bored expression.
“But this is hell!” protests Falwell again. “And look, there are all those Jews who worked for the Nazis at the camps. And there’s Diego Deza. And Khomeini is an Islamist – ”
“Child of Allah!” corrects Khomeini.
Falwell looks exasperated but continues, “And Milosevic is a mass
Torquemada smiles at Milosevic and says, “Hitler, Stalin and all those guys have a card game on Thursday nights. I’ll introduce you to them. They’ll probably invite you to join the 7th Circle/1st Ring Club….”
But this is Hell!” Falwell says again, his voice rising….
Torquemada sighs. “Yes, Jerry, this is Hell. You’ll want to join our encounter group that meets on Mondays at the 7th Circle/3rd Ring Club. You’ll want to come too, Ruhollah….”
“But, But….” Falwell sputters….Then, finally, “I don’t belong in Hell…!”
Torquemada looks at him sternly, then puts his hands on Falwell’s shoulders. “Look, Jerry. You’re going to have to get past that. You don’t want to end up in the 8th circle with the hypocrites do you?”
Falwell slumps over for a long time. Then he sits up, gets that sparkle back into his eyes, and looks up at Torquemada. “Well, couldn’t we at least get rid of those Jews?”
“Ah! Great idea!” says Khomeini, leaping to his feet.
Torquemada motions Falwell to stand, puts an arm around the shoulders of each, and says, “Fellows, I believe this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship….”
Jim’s “joke” reminded me of two things. One was the following joke
The other was the (in)famous Bloom County series where Bill the Cat becomes Oral Bill, televangelist, and who makes a LOT of money by claiming that the sooner you gave him all your cash, the sooner God “called home” Falwell, Jim Baker, and some other nutball evangelist.
It appears Phelps, et al will be protesting Falwell’s funeral since Falwell was, according to their website, someone who “praised Christ-rejecting Jews, pedophile-condoning Catholics, money-grubbing compromisers, practicing fags like Mel White, and backsliders like Billy Graham and Robert Schuler, etc.”
Phelps will be protesting at Falwell’s funeral?! Oh, that is just beautiful. Sick, demented, and wrong, but still beautiful.
Yeah, y’all REALLY have to check out the Web site. For sheer entertainment value this is gonna be hard to top.
In contrast, Soulforce (group founded by the aforementioned Mel White) sent out an e-mail (I’m a donor, so I’m on the list) to observe Falwell’s passing and “offer our sincere condolences to his family, the members of Thomas Road Baptist Church, and the students at Liberty University.” It was a nice bit of Christian charity that generally seems quite elusive.
Of course, it mentioned the direct actions that Soulforce had taken against Jerry Falwell Ministries but drew a distinction, saying that it was action against misinformation and not Falwell himself. Mel White (who ghost wrote two books for Falwell before coming out) was quoted as saying “It breaks my heart to think that Jerry died without ever discovering the truth about God’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children. I sincerely hope that one day his school and his church will have a change of heart.”
Have to stay on message, after all.