For Rosie, Thoughts on Falwell
Okay, Rosie is right. I do have more to say, but here is why it doesn’t matter.
1. Falwell was already irrelevant. Yes, the 24,000 members of his Thomas Road Baptist Church are not an insignificant number, but they’ve believed the way they have for years. His departure won’t change anything for them. The Dobsons of the world will just take his place. I believe politics are cyclical in nature. Falwell represented the cresting of the religious conservative wave, but if he hadn’t taken up their cause, it would have been some other bozo. And mega church bozos abound and likely will for a few more years to come.
2. Whose mind is going to be changed by me pointing out how ridiculous his lies were? You know, like the one about how gay people, and feminist, and secular society in general were responsible for 9/11. His logic basically suggested that if we had been more like the extreme religious Muslims who bombed the WTC we wouldn’t have been attacked by them. People who don’t already know this line of thought for the crap it is aren’t going to be convinced by me.
So airing the only thing I have left for him, a sense of relief that he’s gone and my personal feelings about how he made a mockery of Christ’s love seems sort of pointless, but there you are.
My friend Ken had a more loving and perhaps spiritual response I think, which was “Well, I guess he has the full revelation now.” As we all will someday.
The one thing that makes me happy in the reporting I hear about his death is that his quotes sound as hateful and anachronistic as they really are.
(P.S. I bet Rosie never thought she would share a blog title with Jerry Falwell.)