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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Jerry Falwell (1933-2007) dies at 73


Jerry Falwell died today in Lynchburg, Virginia. For better or worse, Falwell was one of the most influential and controversial religious leaders in 20th century America. How will he be remembered? What will his final legacy be? He founded the Moral Majority in 1979 and Liberty University in 1971. Thomas Road Baptist Church, which he founded in 1956, grew from 35 members to well over 24,000. I think his legacy should be defined by those who knew him personally and not necessarily by his public persona. I'll be more interested to read what other contemporary and notable religious leaders opinions, impressions and feelings are about Rev. Falwell than what the general media's opinions will be.

Sure, he said some stupid and controversial things in his life, the whole gay purple teletubby issue thing comes to mind. Many people make stupid comments every now and then and unfortunately, religious figures aren't exempt from that. While I didn't always agree with Falwell's beliefs or statements, I do think he was a good family man, a man of God whose heart was in the right place and a man who was not afraid to share his beliefs, even if they were not popular. His influence within the religious right will be missed.

Here is just one of the stories circulating in the news today regarding Falwell's death.

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8 Comments:

At 15 May, 2007 18:03, Blogger scribe said...

green wrote: " His influence and void within the religious right will be missed."


Are you including yourself in that statement?

 
At 15 May, 2007 18:51, Blogger green said...

I'm not really sure how I feel about his death and if I include myself in that group or not.

 
At 16 May, 2007 09:59, Blogger Rebecca said...

He was too young....73.
Just too young.

 
At 16 May, 2007 15:51, Blogger scribe said...

too young to be so evil? I agree! It should've taken him twice as many lifetimes to attain such depths. good point, Becks! :)

 
At 17 May, 2007 08:49, Blogger DaBich said...

RIP Jerry

 
At 17 May, 2007 18:31, Blogger scribe said...

rest in pain???

damn, madge came out swingin'!!!

 
At 19 May, 2007 10:17, Blogger Bluez said...

I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with a lot of pleasure.

-Clarence Darrow

 
At 19 May, 2007 12:48, Blogger scribe said...

ooof, nice one bluez!!!

 

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