Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Falwell the fallen

The bigot and charlatan has finally been silenced. I think Hitchens captured my thoughts:
The empty life of this ugly little charlatan proves only one thing, that you can get away with the most extraordinary offenses to morality and to truth in this country if you will just get yourself called reverend. Who would, even at your network [CNN], have invited on such a little toad to tell us that the attacks of September the 11th were the result of our sinfulness and were God's punishment if they hadn't got some kind of clerical qualification?

People like that should be out in the street, shouting and hollering with a cardboard sign and selling pencils from a cup. The whole consideration of this -- of this horrible little person is offensive to very, very many of us who have some regard for truth and for morality, and who think that ethics do not require that lies be told to children by evil old men, that we're -- we're not told that people who believe like Falwell will be snatched up into heaven, where I'm glad to see he skipped the rapture, just found on the floor of his office, while the rest of us go to hell.
What's truly amazing is how many Americans bought into his message of intolerance and hate. The only thing unfortunate about his demise is that his replacement will likely be younger but just as ignorant... at least he won't have as big a mouth-piece. We can only hope Americans continue to move away from these idiots.


skip sievert said...

On your way out the door Falwell, don`t let the door hit ya, where the good lord split ya.

Intellectual Insurgent said...

My only quibble with Hitchens is that he says people like Falwell should be out on the street with a cardboard sign (where, unfortunately, too many of our war vets are). That is much too kind. Falwell and his elk belong in straight jackets in mental institutions, where people giggle off their deluded rantings.

But it is true. Get the title reverend and any version of insanity somehow gets legitimized.

If you haven't read The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, you'll like it.

mrsleep said...

The next Falwell is waiting in the wings some where. Not to worry.

Reign of Reason said...

I'm reading Dawkins now-- about 2/3 done.

A very good read.

I'm also reading Erhart's "Misquoting Jesus" -- the story of who changed the new testament and why. A very scholarly treatment of the subject.

But back to Falwell and his ilk: we give far to much leeway to titles like 'reverend'. When people spew irrational beliefs, they should be ridiculed.

Capt. Fogg said...

I recommend Hitchens' god is not Great Like Dawkins, there's nothing in there that was new to me, but he says it is such a caustic tone that it's a delight. Only an Englishman can be that beautifully snotty.

Reign of Reason said...

I'll have to pick it up.

I read Hitchens' SLATE article on Falwell today... talk about caustic.

... but right on the mark.

I completely agree with his point:

"the media ... who allowed Falwell to prove, almost every week, that there is no vileness that cannot be freely uttered by a man whose name is prefaced with the word Reverend."