Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Jerry Falwell died today.

I only mention this because I grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia--home of Thomas Road Baptist Church and Liberty University.

Mind you, I grew up in a secularist household, and was taught to value science, literature, and the arts.

So my feelings on the passing of the Moral Majority's founder are understandably complex.


Blogger Bill Reichart said...

I didn't agree with a lot that Falwell said and done (so I am not defending him). But I don't think reveling, like some are doing, in his death is appropriate. It certainly doesn't give them the moral high ground. How does it make them any better than the Westboro Baptist bunch and what they did at Matthew Shepard's funeral? Obviously Falwell brings out a lot of raw emotion, but the level of venom out there is very sad, very sad indeed.

8:02 PM  
Blogger jhcudlin said...

Well, sure. I've always been vehemently opposed to pretty much everything the man's said and done...but there's something undeniably sad about his passing. Sure, friends in my hometown have complained about his influence. I certainly grew up cursing it, believing he tried to make the world seem smaller, inaccessible. But I suddenly find myself wondering what Lynchburg will look like now that its most enduring public face is gone.

11:07 AM  

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