Jerry Falwell died on Tuesday. I’m not going to waste my time or yours linking to the typical news story about this man who preached hatred, bigotry, and intolerance. His particular brand of religion is so diametrically opposed to the teachings of Jesus that I have trouble believing he could call himself Christian.
How do people of his ilk gain so much notoriety and media attention while those who teach peace and cooperation get shunned?
Several other bloggers whom I regularly read have similar thoughts about Falwell. Jeff Ventura of Graceful Flavor, an excellent blog blending technology and spirituality, notes several of his bigoted and divisive comments. And Libertine states that “he used religion to divide, rather than to unite. His brand of Christianity served more to hurt, than to heal.”
Some may consider me disrespectful of the dead (and I don’t mean the Grateful Dead), but his forever silence will be welcomed. I’m sure that his death is a huge loss to his family, but his preaching of intolerance, prejudice, racism, homophobia and the rest of the crap that spewed from his mouth will be far from a loss to the rest of the world.