Never take joy in the death of another, but in this case it’s a little hard not to. The world, today, is a better place than yesterday. Now that Mr. Falwell, found of the obscenely named “Moral Majority”, has popped off, perhaps some of his compatriots in religious intolerance will follow along. I hope it wasn’t painful, because I don’t wish that on almost anyone. But the honest answer is Good Riddance. I am confident that if Heaven and Hell exist, he’s burning eternally in purgatory for his sins against humanity.
From the AP Wire: The Rev. Jerry Falwell, who founded the Moral Majority and built the religious right into a political force, died Tuesday shortly after being found unconscious in his office at Liberty University, a school executive said. He was 73. Ron Godwin, the university’s executive vice president, said “CPR efforts were unsuccessful,” he said. Godwin said he was not sure what caused the collapse, but he said Falwell “has a history of heart challenges.”
One ought not preach intolerance and hatred, and when you preach against exclusion for any reasons (gays, Muslims, atheists, are just a few examples) for something that cannot always be controlled, you are preaching hatred. When you stand for saying someone will go to hell for not sharing your beliefs, you are becoming a fascist. Falwell was not a nice man, he was not a good man, he was an evil man. And if you really believe in God, evil men will go to Hell. I’ll find out because I’m pretty sure I’ll go there too — I hope there’s an opening in IT (of course, being Hell, it’s probably a Windows shop.)