Sorry to say it, but I cannot mourn the death of (the so-called Reverend) Jerry Falwell. To me he was a sign of bigotry, intolerance, and hatred, a symbol of the worst of what’s called the “right.”
Jerry Falwell has now met his maker–or maybe not. Hopefully now he knows the truth about hatred, and hopefully he’s paying the price for his sin. He was extremely intolerant of gays, leading a crusade based on ignorance, contempt, and intolerance. Unfortunately, as a public figure, he had a lot of sway, and he influenced thousands, millions of people–and that influence was for the bad
Yes, I think his passing was a good thing, removal of an intolerant leader. He wasn’t that old. Hopefully, Christians will see this as Jesus taking him away “early” to get him out of our lives and to break his influence. I can’t say he was a good man. I can’t say he was a just man. I can only say he was ignorant and intolerant, and I’m glad he’s not around to influence people any more. I don’t celebrate the passing of any person, as I think life is precious. But I won’t miss him, not one bit. My sympathy to his family and friends, they’ve lost a loved one. But he was a symbol of much that is bad about the religious right, and his loss is a good thing in that regard.