Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I am troubled re: Falwell
Jerry Fallwell died today. I have been following the reaction from the left wing blogosphere, and to be honest I do not like alot of what I see.
I may have fought tooth and nail against everything Falwell stood for in politics. I may have thought his take on Christianity was sadly warped, and detested how his example reflected on those of us who try to live Christian lives.
But the man died. He had a family, and those people must be saddened by his passing, regardless of his politics.
Indeed I think those who typically agree with me show the same sort of intolerance and hatefullness that we found so objectionable in Fallwell when they rejoice at his death.
I am not saying the fight for justice and social equality of we the people, in all of our forms, should be put on hold for the time being. We need to redouble our efforts to fight that which Fallwell represented. But at least show some of the same tolerance and good will which we call for in those who disagree with us.
Today of all days... let us be the example. Let us reflect on Fallwell as a fellow human being, with foibles and weaknesses like any other man, but with a family and others who loved him... Today of all days, do not let us become that which we hate.
But it seems to me that if the Moore trip to Cuba benefitted hero's of 9/11, getting them care they could not afford here... then it has to be difficult to make political points against that. But I'm sure this administration will try!
As to the Hitler comparison... to be honest I can't go there. Here's the line I would draw. If I can justify in my own mind killing somone with my own hand, I would not show respect at their passing. I could easily justify taking out Hitler if I had the chance. I could not make the case for Falwell. Indeed, I would probably have enjoyed a hearty political debate with the fellow!
This is one of the reasons the manner of Saddams passing from the mortal plane was so troubling for me. Saddam was fully deserving of an early exit, and I could easily have justified that in my own mind. To do it in such a way as to send him to the afterlife as a hero for his cause, somehow turning his passing into a public relations disaster... was completely idiotic.
So I don't call for sorrow for Falwell and his loved ones... just a modicum of respect for a short time...
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