Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Falwell can't figure out why Heaven has flames and dudes with pitchforks.

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. evangelist Jerry Falwell, a leader of the religious right who battled in the political arena against abortion and homosexuality, died on Tuesday after collapsing in his Virginia office."

This makes me happy. The only thing that would make me happier is if Jesus actually showed up while Falwell was still alive and grabbed him, Jim Bakker, Ted Haggard and Pat Robertson by their necks and told them to stop trying to further their worm-ridden hate mongering right-wing agendas with his name.

But my objectivity aside, let's let him speak for himself. Some of the wisdom that Uncle Jerry bestowed on America:
"I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen.'"

"I do question the sincerity of people like the Reverend Martin Luther King...""

"Labor unions should study and read the Bible instead of asking for more money. When people get right with God, they are better workers."

"I hope to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we don't have public schools. The churches will have taken them over again and Christians will be running them."

TELETUBBIES (This nicely summarized by wikipedia):
"In February 1999, an article in Falwell's National Liberty Journal suggested that a Teletubbies character, Tinky Winky, could be a hidden homosexual symbol, because the character was purple (which the article claimed was a color symbolic of homosexuality), had an inverted triangle on his head and carried a handbag. ( The pink triangle was used as a badge to denote homosexuals in Nazi concentration camps, and has since been adopted as an emblem by gay-rights movements.) Falwell denied any personal involvement with the original article, and made clear he never had any prior knowledge of or concern with the Teletubbies. Falwell's organization said the author of the article was simply repeating what others in the media were already saying about the nature of the character."

Okay, maybe he had a point about Tinky Winky. I always thought he was a little light in the loafers.

Sources: Yahoo!News, Wikipedia

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