I personally hated the man - he embodied everything that makes the rest of the world hate this country. He blamed the victims of 9/11 for the attacks. I can't even describe how much this man disgusted me.
In the responses/blogs/letters to the editors section of the article, there were some rather good quotes:
It is widely reported that Falwell apologized for what he said, but in reality he did no such thing. Instead, he opted for a technicality: the gays, lesbians and feminists weren't personally responsible, but God lifted his protective shield over America and allowed the attacks of 9/11 because of their, and others', immorality.
I'm saddened by Falwell's death precisely because it did not spark such a response in me. My initial reaction was good riddance. It's truly a shame that Falwell's life was so reprehensible and divisive that his death commands so little empathy.
Falwell represented, in simple terms, the very worst aspects of being both an American and being a follower of the teachings of Jesus Christ. As an American, he perpetuated the racist, sexist, heterosexist heritage that is still deeply woven through much of this land of ours. As a Christian, he took the easy road- preaching a message of intolerance, damnation- fire and brimstone as it used to be called.
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