As you’ve probably heard, the Reverend Jerry Falwell died today:
The Rev. Jerry Falwell, the television minister whose 1979 founding of the Moral Majority galvanized American religious conservatives into a political force, died Tuesday at age 73.
Falwell was found unconscious and without a pulse in his office at Liberty University, the college he founded in Lynchburg, Virginia, said Ron Godwin, the school’s executive vice president.
Though paramedics tried to revive him at his office and en route to Lynchburg General Hospital, “Those very timely and very efficient and effective efforts were unsuccessful,” Godwin said.
No word yet on what role pagans, abortionists, feminists, gays, or lesbians may have played in his death.
Seriously, though, while I don’t celebrate his death and would have never wished serious ill upon the man (maybe a cold sore or some sort of ironic venereal disease), I’m not going to dress it up all nice and say I will miss him, as I’m sure another mouthpiece for the Messiah will sprout up like a severed head from the Hydra. I will not applaud him for standing up for his beliefs in the face of criticism, because – well – I think he was wrong, and driven by beliefs based upon nothing but myth and magic.
That said, my condolences to his family, his friends, and his congregation. Taking a page from the Christians, I also hope that he saw the error of his ways before he closed his eyes for the last time.