May. 15th, 2007

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Please oh please oh please... I'm not one to pray, and I'm only slightly less likely to wish ACTUAL DEATH upon someone, but if this racist bozo slips away before my evening meal the world will be a much more tolerable place.

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The Associated Press

May 15, 2007, 12:06 PM CDT

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- The Rev. Jerry Falwell was hospitalized in "gravely serious" condition after being found unconscious in his office Tuesday, a Liberty University executive said.

Could this be a sign of the rapture? Perhaps Jerry was called first, being the holiest of holies... Who will god call upon next? Pat Robertson? James Dobson? Fred Phelps? Gee Dubbleyoo Bush? Dare I to hope that every one of these obnoxious, yammering mouthpieces for the Ridiculous Right will soon be delivered from my orbit forever? How could I be so lucky? The idea of a fundamentalist-free existence gives me so much wood I don't know what to do with it all.

UPDATE: He just died. I spent so much time ejaculating my cyber-glee that I missed the magic moment. Here's the news from MSN:

LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Rev. Jerry Falwell — founder of the Moral Majority and the face of the religious right in the 1980s — died Tuesday after being found unconscious in his office, a Liberty University executive said.

Ron Godwin, Liberty's executive vice president, said Falwell, 73, had been found unresponsive around 10:45 a.m. and was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital.

Falwell, a television evangelist who founded the Moral Majority in 1979, became the face of the religious right in the 1980s. He later founded the conservative Liberty University and served as its chancellor.

In the 1980s, Falwell saw his political lobbying organization grow to 6.5 million members, raising millions of dollars for conservative politicians and helping to elect Ronald Reagan president.

A biography of Falwell on Liberty University's Web site states that "with the impetus of the newly organized Moral Majority, millions of people of faith voted for the first time in 1980 and helped elect Ronald Reagan and many conservative congressmen and senators."

Please pardon my enthusiasm, but this guy was evil through and through... He was an outspoken segregationist, both as a radio preacher during the civil rights movement and as Reagan's spiritual adviser in the 1980's (he was a vocal supporter of South African apartheid at the time)... He publicly blamed feminists, homosexuals, and abortion rights supporters for the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. He likened the ACLU to the American Nazi Party and claimed that AIDS was god's wrath against homosexuals. Worst of all, his particular strain of religious dogma spawned the abysmal LEFT BEHIND series, thus insuring that tee-totalling anti-semite (and Growing Pains alum) Kirk Cameron would continue to smirk and preen in front of a televised audiences more many years to come. I don't mourn Falwell's passing any more than I morn the passing of last weekend's pizza-- there was some mild discomfort, an ounce shame, then I smiled and flushed and continued on with my day.

Jerry Falwell, rest in peace. Can I get an AMEN?


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