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Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Falwell's legacy
Evangelist Jerry Falwell died Tuesday after he was found unresponsive in his office, an official at Liberty University told CNN. Candy Crowley has this report on his life:

Posted By CNN: 2:33 PM ET
  67 Comments
While I understand you have to cover this story, I sure hope it doesn't consume your broadcast tonight. I would much rather hear from Jeff Koinage, as you had planned, than a lengthy retrospective on the life of an American Torquemada.
Posted By Arachnae, Sterling VA : 3:04 PM ET
360~
I watched the video. I was no a fan of Falwell. I always thought he was too extreme and homophobic. To think that Tele tubbe's had a gay agenda and that AIDS is a punishment for gays? YIKES! Did he actually believe his own venom?
I was surprised to hear Jimmy Carter say that Falwell could go to hell as far as he was concerned! WOW!
It always seemed to me that for a man of God, Falwell had a lot more anger and hatred than God's unconditional love. Too bad. I hope he is resting in peace now because I don't think he had peace in his life.
Let There be paece on earth,
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on Earth,
The peace that was meant to be.

With God as our Father,
Brothers all are we,
Let me walk with my brother,
In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me,
Let this be the moment now.
With every step I take,
Let this be my solemn vow,

To take each moment and live each moment
In peace, eternally.
Let there be Peace on Earth,
And let it begin with me.

One more time~ ALL together now~
Posted By Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX : 3:25 PM ET
It is a legacy of hate. That is not what Christ was about.
Posted By Norah, West Chester, PA : 3:28 PM ET
I don't think it's fair of cnn to reduce Rev. Falwell to a catchphrase - "Politics from the Pulpit" just because it's a handy alliteration to put across your screen. And I think it's disrespectful to characterize him this way.

Is cnn saying that it's not proper for a relgious leader to be engaged politically?

There's an excellent article on this in the King Papers Project, entitled Martin Luther King and the African-American Social Gospel. He was the King (no pun intended) of "politics from the pulpit", yet we don't see cnn proclaiming ML King,Jr. as "pulpit politics", do we? And, excuse me, but Muslim extemists are pervasive in mixing their politics with their religion - jihads, fatwahs, etc., yet cnn is awfully good at ignoring that extreme Muslims "preach politics".
Posted By xtina - chicago IL : 3:29 PM ET
Well, I guess now he knows if he was right or wrong when he was preaching.

To Phebe:
Have you ever watched the Wizard of Oz? Auntie Em? Didn't they used to spell Phebe that way in the 1800's? How old are you anyway?
Posted By Em, Toronto, Ontario, Canada : 3:36 PM ET
Jerry Falwell was an evil, smug, self centered, self satisfied hypocrite who tried to use the name of God to further a decidely un Christian gospel of hate and intolerence.

Good riddance. I wonder how he likes the heat in his new residence.
Posted By Sharon, Elma, New York : 3:42 PM ET
Jerry Falwell was an evil, smug, self centered, self satisfied hypocrite who tried to use the name of God to further a decidely un Christian gospel of hate and intolerence.

Good riddance. I wonder how he likes the heat in his new residence.
Posted By Sharon, Elma, New York : 3:42 PM ET
I have met Dr. Falwell. He was decent, passionate, and engaging. He had the strongest belief in his convictions of anyone I've seen, and I liked him very much. Over the years, he said some silly things, for which he apologized. Because he was colorful in his speech, Dr. Falwell has been under the public spotlight for a long time. But you never heard anything untoward about him personally, never heard that he was anything other than a family man, a person simply in love with life. But most of all, he was a happy person.
Posted By Chas, Virginia Beach, Va. : 3:51 PM ET
AMEN Arachnae

I too can't wait to see Jeff's report. I was really looking forward to it.

I also want to see the thing about the bees. I've heard about it but can't say I really understand what is going on much less why it is important.
Posted By Marcy, Mobile, Alabama : 3:54 PM ET
9/11 was God's punishment? And the Mormons believe in gold plates translated with magic stones? And 72 fair virgins awail murderers who kill for God? And angels and devils and ...
Religion in politics is gasoline poured on fire. Because of people like Jerry Falwell I feel like churches should be taxed big time. Why aren't they? The prevelance of superstitious thought in politics (and just as bad, science and education) is alarming. Morals and spiritual awareness are beautiful parts of human life that can be taught without the hatred, fear, and ignorance. I hope Falwell's death symbolically serves as the demise of religion and politics. Sadly, I doubt it.
Posted By Bob Goldie, San Francisco, CA : 4:02 PM ET
I don't understand why the death of this person deserves so much coverage. I didn't know the man but from what I've seen, it was high time for him to go away.

PLEASE DO NOT PREEMPT YOUR PLANNED PROGRAM! This man obviously didn't deserve to live and he sure as hell doesn't deserve all-day coverage of his death!
Posted By Lorie Ann, Buellton CA : 4:11 PM ET
"I also want to see the thing about the bees. I've heard about it but can't say I really understand what is going on much less why it is important."

I'm also interested in the bees. It's pretty important - ALL crops depend on pollinating, mainly by bees, and if something is happening to the bees, it puts the whole food chain at risk.

And if it's something in the ecosystem that is irreversible? could be pretty bad news...
Posted By Arachnae, Sterling VA : 4:12 PM ET
I hope he may rest in peace, and people can refrain from disparaging him now that he's passed. His faith was great, even if his social views were misguided.

I never agreed with his politics, but I feel sorry for family and friends who will miss him.
Posted By Linda, Boulder, Colorado : 4:23 PM ET
He preached hatred and although I'd like to say it, I'm not glad he's gone. His impact on human lives remains and that's the true shame. Don't glorify this man with coverage, that isn't fair to all the people he's hurt.
I hope the bee story airs. Then maybe Bill Maher won't stump Dr. Gupta again!
Posted By Tammy, Lexington, KY : 4:27 PM ET
At the risk of sounding as intolerant & judgmental as he was, my gut reaction to Jerry Falwell's death was "good riddance!". Better men than I have felt the same way -- Barry Goldwater said he should be kicked in the ass by every decent Christian & Jimmy Carter says that he can go to hell -- unlike Christ, he didn't bring out the best in people.
Posted By Mac, San Jose, Calif : 4:27 PM ET
I'm glad you are showing a report on the missing bees. This is indeed a chilling mystery worth exploring.

I'm also interested to see the special report about Africa.

I DO NOT WANT TO SEE ANYTHING ABOUT MR. FALWELL, DEAD OR ALIVE!

P L E A S E ! ! !
Posted By Monika, Eagar AZ : 4:33 PM ET
May he rest in peace. But please keep the story about the bees on the program. It is not like Billy Graham died. Or a President.
Posted By Charlotte D, Stockton CA : 4:34 PM ET
There have been so many stories on AC 360 lately with religious topics. I hope the death of Jerry Falwell is dealt with briefly. He preached hatred and divisiveness, and I for one, do not mourn his passing.

I am much more interested in Africa and the bees.
Posted By Barbara, Los Angeles, CA : 4:47 PM ET
@ Betty Ann:

Honey, those posts get longer and longer. Please dear one, peace be with you and Falwell!
Posted By Louise, Tampa, FL : 4:59 PM ET
Forgive me, but I can't muster up a single tear over Falwell's demise.

Now, let's talk about Africa, shall we?
Posted By Matty, Seattle, WA : 5:15 PM ET
This may sound cold but I am personally glad the man is dead. He can no longer use God's name to spew hatred to the world. I cannot begin to count those I have worked with marginalized because of agendas such as Falwell's. I cannot begin to tell you the pain his beliefs about HIV and being gay have caused people I know over the years when their families have rejected them because they bought into Falwellian beliefs. My God is more unconditional than that. And if that makes me a liberal, there are worse things out there.

Ditto everyone else. Do not waste the show on this man. Cover the bee story and the piece on Africa. The bees are way more interesting, and Africa's issues at least deal with real people who honestly need our human family's help.
Posted By Tammy C., Berwick, LA : 5:16 PM ET
Jerry Falwell died. Well, that stinks. A singular life, along a singular lifetime has been extinguished forever, and now there is nothing left of him but peoples memory of him.

I find that sad because now he will not learn how wrong he was, or how bigoted he was, or how ignorant he was. There is noone and nothing to teach him. No god to relieve him of his ignorance, no devil to punish him for his misdeeds. He's just another candle snuffed out. Eternally.

I hope one day we can all rise above such infantile mistakes and see each other as equals. Then, while there may be no heaven to ascend to, we may actually be able to concentrate on making our own world a paradise that others dream of. And we dont' need an imaginary friend to do it. We have each other.
Posted By James Foley Kamiah, Idaho : 5:20 PM ET
I would like to say that while I am not a fan of Falwell's I believe it is important to at least show some respect for the man being that he has passed on. I send my sincere condolences to his family. With that being said, I think what will be interesting to see is how is the religious right affected by the death of one of its stanch advocates, who believed in politics from the pulpit; who's statements at times where vastly extremists; and who, in my opinion, limited what issues he believed the Christians and Evangelicals should be concerned with to mere sanctity of marriage and the sanctity of life. I hope that the religious right, takes this time to re-evalute and broaden the issues that they are concerned about; to encompass the importance of dealing with poverty and other issues plaguing the United States and the entire global community.
Posted By Jessica Ashline, Bourbonnais Illinois : 5:29 PM ET
Well, darn, I too wantes to see the report on the disappearance of bees. I definitely wanted to follow the rest of Keff's story. Those things will drop off the schedule by tomorrow, I guess, and we'll never have another opportunity to see them. How dare Jerry Falwell die today and mess up our night. All he gave was a lifetime of teaching and oreaching God's way as he saw it.

Somepeople will do anything to get publicity, even die.

Maggie
Posted By Maggie, Grain Valley, MO : 5:33 PM ET
The Reverend Falwell managed to gain attention in the news, mostly for his negative, bigoted and often foolish statements, so I don't believe he needs much more than a passing mention on the news concerning his death.

As a gay man, I've had to listen to the comments from this man stating things as ridiculous as one of the Teletubbies is gay to a very serious and mean spirited charge that gay people were partially responsible for 9/11. He later apologized after intense criticism but the damage was already done.

In life, Reverend Falwell received much more press than he deserved. Let's make up the difference with the coverage of his death.
Posted By Joseph Kowalski, North Huntingdon, PA : 7:07 PM ET
Anderson,

Jerry Falwell told Christiane Amanpour that he asked God for twenty more years in which to complete his work; I guess God didn't think he deserved it.

I hope that you won't be forced to waste too much time on Falwell; instead of hearing about the life of a man who spent his time on hate-filled speech and judging others, I would much rather see the report on the disappearance of the bees, Jeff Koinange's interview, and any update on our missing soldiers.

Thanks,
Jo Ann
Posted By Jo Ann Matese, North Royalton, Ohio : 7:20 PM ET
Wow, such comments.

While I too disagreed with much of Rev Falwell's preaching's, I do not, however, feel it is right to speak ill of him now. I believe in doing so is perpetuating Falwell, as many of you claim, and yourselves as "hateful."
Posted By Kelly - Cygnet, OH : 7:21 PM ET
Jerry Falwell, RIP but I'm not upset at all. Many wonderful people pass away every day who don't preach evil and hateful things.
Posted By Kris, San Francisco, CA : 7:29 PM ET
Anderson,

I can't believe the vile hatred in some of the comments today, they cross the line of morale decency whether you are of faith or not , this man called it for what it is and was, according to his religion . The right to free speach is one thing , however when someone passes into death who are we to judge, regardless of everyone's own personal understanding of faith or denial of it , let's save the "glee" for terrorists, child molestors, brutal dictators, and endless others who carry out evil with their actions throughout the world.


Maritza
Posted By Maritza, San Jose Ca. : 7:39 PM ET
Anti-Choice, Anti-Science, Anti-Free Thought, Anti-Environment, I do believe society has witnessing the death of one of the Anti-Christ described in the Christian Bible.

Jerry Falwell was a devil; he rapped up the belief in God with his greed for power. But, what was more freighting was that people believed he spoke for God. His example of Christianity was one of the reasons I and many others turned away from the Christian church and its message of hate.

I do believe he will be seen in history as a small mean man who used Christianity as an excuse to hate people; he was a man who taught hatred with a smile on his face.

Enough said about the dead let’s talk about the living. How about we talk about Africa and what Humanity can do to help.
Posted By Karin from Sacramento Ca. : 8:21 PM ET
Anderson,
I really hope you stick to the agenda - Africa and bee's. I was stung by a wasp last week and my arm doubled in size. Ouch!
Posted By Heidi Breuer, Wehr, Germany : 9:44 PM ET
Why is the phrase "politics from the pulpit" disrespectful to Mr. Falwell? The creator of the "Moral MAJORITY" obviously had politics in mind.

I'd think he'd be proud to have that blurb as part of his epitaph.
Posted By Kay - Temple, TX : 10:14 PM ET
One more thing, Christopher Hitchens has good taste in poets but if he doesn't think Falwell believed what he preached, Hitchens has a screw loose. If anything annoyed me about Mr. Falwell, it was his unashamed sincerity. Obviously, Falwell believed in his own interpretation of the Bible to the detriment of many segments of our society.
Posted By Kay - Temple, TX : 10:25 PM ET
I sure hope the moderator on this blog allows my comment. Someone stole my identity on this blog today...4:11 pm Lorie Ann was not me! Please stop doing this. Let's all be adults and keep this blog professional and one with a varity of intelligent opinions. I never talk back to anyone who comments, that's what makes this so hurtful to me to be singled out. By the way, I'm not a big fan of Rev Falwell, but I would never wish that any human being deserved to die. The man had many faults, but he had a family. Take Care
Posted By Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif. : 10:42 PM ET
Jerry Falwell should not be remembered as preacher or politician --but rather someone who destroyed the USA's separation of church and state. In the business of religion I think it is time to immediately revoke the tax exempt status/priveledge of any Religious leader who crosses the line and teaches politics.
Posted By Stephen Jenkins 2611 mill race rd ,Frederick,Md : 11:02 PM ET
The Christian faith is often times seen as intolerant even though the Christian faith receives some of the strongest criticism of any religion. Being a Christian myself, I do not have hate in my heart for anyone but from reading some of the comments on this blog and hearing the responses from guest on many news media programs leads me to believe that many people who disagree with people of faith hold hate in their heart themselves. Christopher Hitchens wished there was a hell for Jerry Farwell to go to and that sounds pretty intolerant to me. I would personally not whish the fires of Hell on anyone and having jubilation over the fact that someone is dead is in itself an intolerant comment.
Posted By Dusten North, South Carolina : 11:06 PM ET
So many hateful and intolerant comments towards a hateful and intolerant man, isn't it ironic how his legacy lives on in the people that despised him?...on a more humorous note, my boyfriend called me to inform me that the Teletubbies had taken their revenge...
Posted By Naomi MacMillan, Island Park, NY : 11:34 PM ET
Personally, I am glad he is dead. I am an openly gay man and I called all my friends to tell them the wonderful news.Now ,I wait for Pat Robertson,Fred Phelps and James Dobson to do the same thing.
Posted By Greg Merlin ,Cleveland, Ohio : 12:00 AM ET
yeah, i have a feeling that when jerry gets to the pearly gates, he's going to get a big surprise.
"um, about that ... mr falwell, you won't be staying here."
i'd be willing to bet that preaching intolerance and hatred in the name of religion is not one of the things that is going to get you into heaven.
and it's refreshing that the news coverage, especially on 360, has included all opinions, not just the usual whitewashed, sappy remembrances that tend to glorify the deceased, whether or not they deserved it.
kudos to you ac. :)
Posted By kristy, burlington, nj : 12:03 AM ET
I guess it is time to meet THE MAKER.

In my view, Mr. Falwell was more of politician using his philosophy to influence elections and social agenda rather than a religious figure.
Posted By Hanna, San Francisco, CA : 1:06 AM ET
I apologize for saying I'm happy Rev. Falwell is dead. It was really harsh and uncalled for. He was a person, and people did love him (whether I agree with his beliefs and politics or not). I stand by the rest of my comments, though. When one of your five favorite people on the planet is living with HIV and you listen to his mom tell you time and time again that his disease is a punishment for the sin of his homosexuality (and she gets this from preachers like Falwell)...well, I hope no one ever has to go through that one. It just changed my perspective on religion and what unconditionals really mean.
Posted By Tammy C., Berwick, LA : 1:14 AM ET
I was not saddened to hear of Mr. Falwell's passing! I purposely did not listen to him very often, but often enough that I certainly 'got his message'. It was not a message from the God or Jesus that I know, and I don't think that Either would appreciate Mr. Falwell's speech.
Like Betty Ann, I hope he finally finds some peace, but I'm glad that he can no longer release his hateful prejudicial comments to an already torn world!! We need healers, not hate mongers!
Posted By Sharon C , Burlington, Ontario CANADA : 1:25 AM ET
Thank you for the intelligent decision to air intellectual Christopher Hitchens. He has shown the most courage by saying what your other guests should have said: "Falwell was a charlatan who awoke every day laughing at the fact that he'd gotten away with it again." After reading Hitchens's new book, I feel everyone in America should read it regardless of their beliefs. Our nation needs to move forward with intelligence and leave the Elmer Gantry mentality behind!
Posted By Patrick Brown, Los Angeles : 1:39 AM ET
Jerry Falwell spoke what the bible says so he was hated. He reached out in love to all people - his heart was to bring people to the Lord. He did not hate anyone. He hated what the bible states is SIN & he hated sin because it causes death & he didn't want anyone to die. He wanted to save people. Just because people get insulted that someone calls sin what it is doesn't mean he hated anyone. Jerry tried to convey that no sin is better than any other. He did tell what God's word says & he tried to do it to save - not to condemn. So many leaders of our day are found to be having secret affairs and to be blatant sinners in secret- here is a man that actually walked the walk. "You will know them by their fruit" - Jerry Falwell cared about the kingdom of heaven and he cared about saving people. He had good fruit. People hated him - but then they hated Jesus also - they hated Jesus because His works were righteous and their works were evil. That is always what happens. Everyone of us has to decide if we stand with the "world" or with God at some point. Jerry was a giant in God's Kingdom regardless of what the 'worldly' or 'politically correct' believe. The bible says that the world will love the anti-chirst -that figures-because he will not believe anything is sin. Just because a message is popular and accepted by the world doesn't make it true - I think many people would rather be lied to and feel good than have a person reach out in love to try to save them, even to their own hurt. It cost Jerry to speak the truth. God bless him.
Posted By Maggie Eden Prairie, MN : 1:52 AM ET
I thought Anderson's response to one of the viewer's comments on the show was very appropriate. It is called AC360 after all and that means covering all sides of the issue, regardless of whether they are right or wrong. We should be glad that the show isn't one sided like many others out there. Thanks to Anderson and his team, and I was glad to hear that the originally scheduled program will be aired on Friday.
Posted By Evy, Des Moines, IA : 3:49 AM ET
Dear Family and Friends,

I would like to send my condolences with the death of a great man of God. Dr. Falwell meant a lot to both my wife and myself. We both attended Liberty University and gained a great education, great friendships, and great memories. I know much will be said about him in the next coming days; good and bad, but I would like to go on record as saying we have lost a great soldier in the Christian army. He not only stood for God and truth, but he did it with love and respect for people he opposed. No can say that he did anything in hate or malice, just out the pastor's heart that God put inside of him. My wife was able to get to know Dr. Falwell very well by being a singer on the Sounds of Liberty from 1992-1994, which she thoroughly enjoyed. She has seen him in many situations with people and he always promoted the saving grace of Jesus. We are having bittersweet feelings because even though Dr. Falwell has passed on, in the Christian life death is a victory. He is with Jesus and even though we will miss him, if you believe that Jesus is the only way to the Father and heaven you and I will see him again. There will be a glorious reunion in heaven with those that have gone on before us. Thank you Dr. Falwell, Mrs. Falwell, the Falwell family, and Liberty Universtiy for being such a big part of my life, my wife's life, and hundred of thousand's of other people lives. The footprint will never be erased and never forgotten.

Yours In Christ
Pastor Rick Young

Middle School Pastor
First Baptist of Woodstock
11905 Hwy. 92
Woodstock Ga. 30188
Dr. Johnny Hunt Pastor
Posted By Rick Young, Woodstock Ga : 9:45 AM ET
Quite Frankly I am astonished that so many on this Blog are criticizing Jerry Falwell for being a man filled with hatred, yet, are filling this blog with the same sentiments they are condeming!

It is easy I guess to spew hateful comments about someone who can no longer defend himself. Wouldn't it have been more humane and less cowardly to voice these comments in a public forum when Mr. Falwell was still with us? What is the point of voicing your hate now?

Do you not have any compassion for his family's loss? After all he was a husband and father.

Seems to mean your are condeming a man for speaking to the same hatred that you are now displaying. If you were so appalled by Mr. Falwell's lack of compassion and concern for others wouldn't you set a better example by taking a higher road?

Personally I did not know the man nor can I comment on his views or principles.

However, I do extend my sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to his family, loved ones, collegues, students and friends.
May God's Love and Peace give you strength during this time of loss.
Posted By Tricia Charlottetown PEI Canada : 10:11 AM ET
Falwell is gone. We still have the hatemongers among us though. Not all of them have a formal pulpit to spew from but Falwell used his to the detriment of all of us. He's no different than Pat Robertson or that Ian Paisley maniac in Ireland. Falwell will continue to be villified for his misguided beliefs but we do have freedom of speech and freedom of religion in America...for now. My free prayer is that no one is waiting in the wings to replace him but that's hoping against hope I think.
Posted By A. Roy Olson, Tucson AZ : 10:15 AM ET
AC360

I'm sure you have more comments than you need concerning Rev. Falwell. How sad that so much venom has been released with his death. In truth, he spoke God's words as they were written. Some of his reasonings left me somewhat aghast, however.

Have you forgotten when Aids was indeed touted as a "gay" disease? Not until Paul Glazer's (Starsky) wife and son died from it did anyone stop to think maybe they'd gotten it wrong.

God does not punish for sins unforgiven, while we remain on earth. Must be guilty conscience that leads us to think otherwise.

Rev. Falwell gave his soul and most of us life for the benefit of God's people. Would any of us do the same?

I apologize for my obvious anger at the time of my comments last night.

Maggie
Posted By Maggie, Grain Valley, MO : 10:40 AM ET
I've been reading through the blog entries that were posted today and a lot of people are saying that they are glad Mr. Falwell is dead because of the hatred he harbored, while I believe that everyone has the right to give their own opinion, and I think that some things that Falwell said and did were ridiculous and inappropriate I feel that by people saying that he was so terrible and that they are glad he is dead, they are themselves being hateful and doing the very thing that they condem a man for doing. Let's remember that regardless of his politics or religious views he was a human being and he had a family who is no doubt grieving the loss of someone they loved, and some of the statements being made by people might be offensive to family and friends who are going through the grieving process.
Posted By Jessica, Bourbonnais Illinois : 11:24 AM ET
"Jerry Falwell should not be remembered as preacher or politician --but rather someone who destroyed the USA's separation of church and state."

Shout out to Stephen.

For what it's worth, one could make the case that Jerry Falwell was more directly responsible for 9/11 than any pagans and lesbians were.

Think about it for a minute. He founded the Moral Majority in 1978 and helped get Reagan elected in 1980. Meanwhile, the Soviets are bogged down in Afghanistan and the Taliban form in reaction to the perceived corruption of the American-backed Mujahideen. You think maybe they get the news? Falwell's already pioneered the concept of using power to foist your own moral beliefs on people who don't share them.

To those who are objecting to people saying less than positive things about the late Jerry Falwell - guess what? he was all about hate. That 'love the sinner, hate the sin' stuff was lip-service BS. Many kids died because of Falwell's hate. Hatred is his legacy and we're seeing it played out all over the world.

If there's anything to karma, his next life will be as a gay boy in Afghanistan.
Posted By Arachnae, Sterling VA : 11:45 AM ET
It's not surprising to me that so many people are not necessarily saddened by this news. Falwell was a wretched human being who brought harm to homosexuals through his influence and words. Words can be as dangerous as a weapon. I'm not happy about his death, but I do hope that there comes some tolerance from the end of that legacy. I don't believe he represented God. God isn't about hatred.
Posted By Debbie, Denham Springs, LA : 11:46 AM ET
Something puzzles me in the media coverage in this country. Imus gets hell for one off-hand (and outrageously stupid I admit) comment. This guy Falwel gets a eulogy like he is a heroe and a grand figure when he has been preaching hate against gays, jews, atheists, and everybody else who does not share his narrow view of the Christian faith. Something i am missing?
Posted By FrenchinHouston : 12:48 PM ET
The world is a better place without religious extremists like Jerry Falwell. The only difference between people like him and the Islamic extremists we label as terrorists, is that Falwell didn't directly kill anyone. But how many hate crimes did he inspire?
Posted By Pat, Seattle, WA : 1:04 PM ET
When I remember Jerry Falwell and his creation, the "moral majority", I will remember a legacy of
intolerance, hatred and bigotry, sown and nurtured by that arrogant, sanctimonious, self righteous "man of god". Jesus was a liberal. Conservative Christian hate mongers like Falwell are of the same fabric as the Pharisees who persecuted and helped to crucify Christ.
Posted By Helene, Philadelphia, PA : 2:13 PM ET
Anderson,

Thank you for having the courage to allow Christopher Hitchens to speak freely about Jerry Falwell; he gave the perfect "anti-eulogy!" Although I have never been a fan of Mr. Hitchens, I totally agree with him on this issue. Falwell did much to inspire hate and division among people everywhere and his efforts to smudge the line between church and state were criminal.

Unfortunately, there are still those out there like Pat Robertson and Franklin Graham who espouse to his divisive beliefs.

I also agree with Patrick Brown from Los Angeles; I couldn't have said it better!

Jo Ann
Posted By Jo Ann Matese, North Royalton, Ohio : 2:33 PM ET
I have noticed that throughout the blog here some have mistaken the term "hatred" with Anger. When people speak out about Mr. Falwell they do it out of anger, not hatred. What falwell preached was hatred, what he incited people to feel was anger.

Mr. Falwell Was an evil man, and everything said here has been said before he died. Now some like the good pastor have said that what he did cam from his heart and was placed there by god, but if that truly is the case then god is evil and his heart is as black and decrepit as Mr. Falwells was. If Mr. Falwell was acting on what he thought was the best of intentions, then allow me to remind his followers, that the path to hell is paved with good intentions.

Thanks for reading.
Posted By James Foley Kamiah, Idaho : 2:41 PM ET
I think that those on the religious right need to learn the difference between what they regard as hate filled rhetoric and a simple observation of fact.

I have a feeling they'll be just as happy to follow another one just like him; so, their tears need not be genuine.

I feel bad for only a few people in regards to this. And that's his biological family. One, for losing a family memeber, and two, because they had to live with him for so long anyways.

I'm sure there are many who felt he spoke the truth. to bad they never realized that even the devil can tell the truth to perpetuate a lie.
Posted By James Foley Kamiah, Idaho : 2:47 PM ET
He was a negative influence on the world - I had no qualms about saying so before his death, why should I pretend he was a good guy after his death? Several thousand people died yesterday, and didn't get a public mourning like Falwell did, however good or bad they were. He was a hypocrite who overlooked Republican flaws in exchange for power, then said that feminists and gays were the reason 9/11 happened.


I'll have all the compassion for him he had for those killed in 9/11, for gays, and for women.
Posted By Lisa, Bothell, WA : 5:52 PM ET
All through my growing up, my only recollection of Reverend Falwell was every few years, a particularly hateful or spiteful comment about gays or the Clintons, sometimes followed by a half-sincere apology.

I am glad the man did not suffer in death. I have to say that the rest of my time here in this world will be just a teeny bit brighter and, yes, happier knowing this man is not here anymore to pollute the airwaves or to defile sincere religion.

If there is a Heaven and this repulsive soul epitomizes the criteria for getting in, I will take a pass.
Posted By Rich, Salt Lake City, Utah : 8:16 PM ET
I mourn his death. Not because he was a good and decent man, for his actions demonstrate he was neither, but because he died before he could renounce his wicked ways and undo the damage to society that he helped spread. His passing doesn't end his message of hate, it enshrines it.

I hope that his misguided followers can take this opportunity to abandon his poisonous and intolerant views. On the same point, I hope that his victims can find it within themselves to let their anger at Falwell die with him. A messenger is dead, burying the message still remains.
Posted By Ben, Minneapolis, Minnesota : 4:15 AM ET
What I find so interesting is that most of the comments made here are by people who only had a small glimpse to who Jerry Falwell really was, and yet they can make all of these accusations and assumptions based on such a small part of his life and ministry.

Yes, he said things that were hurtful and damaging to people, but how many of us can truly look at ourselves and say that we haven't done the same thing to someone else at some point in our lives?

The only difference here is that the things that Dr. Falwell said were broadcast to the world rather than being said in a small circle of friends.....

I also wonder how many of you that are so happy to see him gone have thought even for one moment how much his family and friends are feeling during this loss - he was a husband, father, grandfather and friend. I can only imagine how this is affecting them.

I went to Liberty University and had the opportunity to see Dr. Falwell on many occasions, and from that small glimpse of him, he was always a kind, gentlehearted man who would stop to shake your hand, give you a smile and encourage you to keep doing your best.

I think that sometimes people forget that just because you're a public figure, it doesn't diminish your humanity - Dr. Falwell was by no means perfect, and if we're honest with ourselves, neither are we. What makes us so much better that we can start pointing the finger at other's mistakes before recognizing and repairing our own?
Posted By L. Skolly, Ontario Canada : 8:58 AM ET
He was a nasty man who said nasty things and blamed Jesus for it. I won't miss him. Can we get back to the news now?
Posted By Steve, Statesboro GA : 9:47 AM ET
He was a wolf in sheeps clothing. Mixing religion and politics is antichrist.
Posted By James, Chardon OH : 5:52 PM ET
Don't hate Jerry Falwell. He was just a person like you and I. Hate what he represents: the turning backwards to ignorant superstitious religion.

The problem with religion today is its sanctimonious exploitive leaders.
Posted By james, chardon oh : 6:10 PM ET
"Be ware of false PROPHETS" I dont't think this passing was a great loss. Let's focus our attention on the real christian leaders of this country.
Posted By Mike Uptown New Orleans La : 8:05 PM ET
Dear Mr. Cooper-
I am totally aghast at the comments so many people are saying about the late Dr. Falwell on your blog!! Dr. Falwell spoke nothing but the truth. People hate truth in this day and age. The Lord Jesus who Dr. Falwell was an ambassador for, was also hated for speaking the truth as were many prophets and disciples of old. The Creator of The Universe is Love, but He also has moral standards for which He wants His people to live by for their protection. Dr. Falwell was a man of love and truth. He was welcomed by His maker in Glory. People with their head on straight ( very rare these days) will see the huge loss in his passing.
Posted By Helena Y- Southlake, Texas : 8:27 PM ET
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