Some Final Remarks on Jerry Falwell May 16, 2007

Some Final Remarks on Jerry Falwell

  • Fred Phelps will be picketing Falwell’s funeral (via Daylight Atheism). This is ironic. Phelps writes that Falwell espoused “false doctrines like ‘God loves everyone.'”… which is completely untrue. Falwell’s God hated everyone who wasn’t his brand of fundamental Christianity.
  • The Onion asked “people” what they thought of his death…

    The Onion

    Televangelist Jerry Falwell Dead

    Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell died yesterday after being found unconscious in his office. What do you think?

  • Christopher Hitchens had some eloquent words to say about Falwell on CNN last night:

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  • Wow…

    Hitchens lets loose with both barrels.

    Atheists need permanent public speakers the way Falwell was a permanent public speaker for the religious right. I fully expect Hitchens’ forceful voice for secularism will disappear once he doesn’t have a book to hock.

  • HappyNat

    “It’ll be interesting to see how Jerry Falwell is able to blame the ACLU for this.”

    That is awesome. 🙂

  • Mriana

    I have to agree with all that he said about Farwell. Thing is, I’m sure the Not-soop-Moral Majority will come up with some sort of bigotted remark about him because he voiced the truth. 🙁

  • Hemant,

    It’s worth getting the theology right here. Falwell was an Arminian, which means he thought that God loves everyone and wants them to go to heaven, but when people freely choose to surpress the truth of God’s revelation (which is obvious to everyone!) then there’s nothing he can do but send them to Hell and it isn’t his fault. Fred Phelps on the other hand is a Calvinist; I’m unclear on whether his position on God’s love is the standard Calvinist one. I think some Calvinists believe that God loves everyone, but still picks out some people to be targeted for Hell before they were born.

    Phelps’ picketing of Falwell’s funeral really isn’t that funny. To those who’ve paid close enough attention to modern fundamentalism, it’s just another tedious example of how much Calvinists hate non-Calvinists.

  • I liked how Hitchens called him a “Chaucerian fraud.” Thanks for the clip!

  • Anthony Rasmussen

    “People like that should be out in the street, shouting and hollering with a cardboard sign and selling pencils from a cup,” Hitchens continued.

    Well said.

  • anti-nonsense

    Fred Phelps thinks that God hates everybody, except him and his little family cult and I’m not even sure if God supposedly loves the rest of Fred’s family cult, maybe he only loves Fred.

    Fred Phelps is such a nutjob, that even most of the nutjobs think he’s a nutjob.

  • Darryl

    Siamang said,

    I fully expect Hitchens’ forceful voice for secularism will disappear once he doesn’t have a book to hock.

    No, his voice will still be here (he has been giving forth on these issues for sometime now), but he won’t be doing wall-to-wall appearances as he has in the last two months. What Hitch’s always-amusing and always-deadly rhetoric brings to my mind is how few great speakers and debaters on our side bring themselves to the attention of the public.

  • The sad thing about being an Atheist is that we will never be able to say “told you so”!

    Atheist Empire

  • fiona-h

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  • fiona-h

    just found your site – love it! Great job.


    …I didn’t mean “good” in a oh-good-he’s-gone-home-to-be-with-the-Lord kind of way. I meant “good” as in “Ding-dong, the witch is dead.”

  • Mriana

    Before you start tap dancing on his grave, read this:

    The Religious Right After Falwell: Less Visible But More Powerful Than Ever

    Fundamentalist Political Movement Today Is Savvy, Well Funded And Influential

    Summary: Some political commentators say the Religious Right is a spent force. The recent death of the Rev. Jerry Falwell will hasten the demise of this movement, they say. Americans United for Separation of Church and State says a careful analysis of the facts suggests otherwise.

    We still have Freakin’ Jambes Dobson, Irrational Tony Perkins, Loony Bin Pat Robinson, Crazy Donald Wildman, Bedlem Southern Baptist Convention, and Insane Louis Sheldon. Each gross the Religious Reich millions of dollars annually with their various Holy of Horrors ministries and Unholy programs to wipe out Women’s Rights (esp Reproduction Rights), Gay Rights, and other programs they deem unfit. So the Insane Assylum is still there.

    You know, I don’t think Dawkins is stubborn. I like him so much better than Arrogant Donkey Robinson. Dawkins is a much more lovable man and seems like a sweetheart that you would want to hug. I’m not going near Robinson- He scares the bageebies out of me. 🙁

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