16 May 2007


I didn't post an obit for Jerry Falwell yesterday because I couldn't think of anything useful to say. Don't speak ill of the dead and all that.

Pagan blogger Jason Pitzl-Waters at The Wild Hunt, surprisingly, finds the words.

Though I'm sure many of us would deny it, in some ways Falwell was a great boon to legitimizing modern Paganism. He was a self-constructing straw man for the intolerance and hypocrisy of Christianity.
His pure hatred and vitriol forced many mainline Christians to define themselves by what they were not, which is not a Christian like Jerry Falwell.
His intolerant buffoonery was the perfect caricature of anyone opposing the free exercise of our faiths. It exposed the dark underbelly of monotheism and in turn allowed the “mainstream” religions to move towards our acceptance (or at least co-existence) by rejecting Falwell.

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