a eulogy

May 16th, 2007

Look at the size of his fat head!

Jerry Falwell
1933-2007
a eulogy

Jerry Falwell was a big man. Not big of heart, not big of mind, but a big man anyway. His corpulence could only be compared in volume to that of his homophobia, contempt of women, and capacity to ignore the core tenets of the faith he claimed to hold dear. His love of prostitutes, politics, and money put him in line with the great corruptors of society while his media outlet and university gave him access to the greatest number of hungry minds and souls. Truly, he can be considered one of the worst individuals in American society through the 20th century. If he was right, and fortunately, he wasn’t, he is now sharing Hell with J. Edgar Hoover, Alan Dulles, Joseph McCarthy, and Richard Nixon in a special place for those whose thirst for power makes them consume all around them, body, soul, and leftovers.

(Jerry Falwell’s Hit Parade, by Slate.)

11 Responses to “a eulogy”

  1. cauley says:

    When I look at that picture you posted the words “unctuous” and “porcine” slug it out for top billing in my head.

  2. Joshua says:

    How about “corpulently spiteful?”

  3. […] ) nikotesla on 16th May 2007 19:30 (UTC) Oh, come now. The poor man is dead. He deserves a proper eulogy. (Reply) (Thread) (Link) youngiskander on 16th May 2007 19:36 (UTC) I yield to Kevin. (Reply) […]

  4. Jim says:

    For what it’s worth:

    “My mother always told me that no matter how much you dislike a person, when you meet them face to face you will find characteristics about them that you like. Jerry Falwell was a perfect example of that. I hated everything he stood for, but after meeting him in person, years after the trial, Jerry Falwell and I became good friends. He would visit me in California and we would debate together on college campuses. I always appreciated his sincerity even though I knew what he was selling and he knew what I was selling.”

    —Larry Flynt

  5. Joshua says:

    That’s pretty cool, Jim.

    And it’s true: people I’ve found insufferable online have often turned out to be decent people face-to-face.

    That doesn’t change the fact that Falwell devoted his life to destroying my country.

  6. Carrie says:

    Here’s the group that tries to stop the destroying you’re talking about:

    http://defconamerica.org/

    and here’s a new book coming out about the movements the Moral Majority has now spun off to, that seems very interesting:
    http://www.kindgomcoming.com/

    I’m not going to criticize Joshua for being sort of spiteful about Jerry Falwell, though I wouldn’t have written him an F U like that so close to his death, myself. Maybe in a year or two I would.

  7. Jim says:

    Carrie, I’m with you. I detested what the guy stood for, but he does leave a grieving family behind and I can’t bring myself to unload on him… yet.

    Here’s another great quote, from a review of Black Sabbath’s Mohegan Sun appearance:

    “Jerry Falwell died today and here are a bunch of nearing-60 Satan rockers living it up in front of 10,000 delirious people. There’s something truly just about this.”

  8. Jeff says:

    this is just a test to make sure the 2.2 upgrade went ok. ~Jeff

  9. Voice0Reason says:

    “Carrie, I’m with you. I detested what the guy stood for, but he does leave a grieving family behind and I can’t bring myself to unload on him… yet.”

    I’m torn on this. In general I agree that it’s in poor taste to bash someone unmercifully before his carcass is even cold, no matter how utterly despicable I think he was. And even though his grieving family and friends probably supported him in his long career of being a hateful gasbag, I nonetheless empathize with their grief.

    On the other hand, revisiting some of the things he had said reminds me that Jerry showed no such compassion toward AIDS patients who are supposedly suffering God’s punishment for their wicked ways (nor toward grieving families), nor toward the grieving families and friends of the 9/11 victims (nor toward the vast majority of us who didn’t know any of the victims but mourned their deaths anyway). (And forget his insincere “apologies” for those comments.)

    I don’t celebrate Falwell’s death, because there is no point. The damage is done, and cannot be undone by his departure to be with his alleged Heavenly Father. And there are no doubt legions of other hateful gasbags out there, itching for the opportunity to bash gays, lesbians, nonbelievers, the ACLU, etc.

    But, despite the grief of his family and friends, I honestly can’t feel too bad about the fact that some folks have vented their true feelings about Falwell soon after his death. I would hesitate to do the same (heck, I waited a few days), but I know that Jerry would not have hesitated to do the same if a prominent opponent had died.

  10. Voice0Reason says:

    “this is just a test to make sure the 2.2 upgrade went ok. ~Jeff

    Jerry Falwell is being upgraded to version 2.2? Now with even more venom!