Jerry Falwell is dead

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Andrew Sullivan makes the following observation at the death of one of the Religious Right's most notorious hate-mongers:

Since I can think of nothing good to say about him, I'll say nothing. And pray for the repose of his soul.

I will second the first sentence of Sullivan's sentiment.

update (3:21pm):
Vjack at Atheist Revolution comments that "A successor to his legacy of intolerance and hatred has not yet been announced." Erica Barnett has an extensive collection of obits at at Slog. The best comment I've read so far is: "Somewhere, Tinky Winky is laughing."

update 2 (3:43pm):
This cartoon (NSFW) epitomizes the animus Falwell so eagerly fostered; that it will now define his career is a matter for which he alone is culpable.

update 3 (4:19pm):
Matt Foreman of the NGLTF comments on Falwell's death here:

“The death of a family member or friend is always a sad occasion and we express our condolences to all those who were close to the Rev. Jerry Falwell. Unfortunately, we will always remember him as a founder and leader of America’s anti-gay industry, someone who exacerbated the nation’s appalling response to the onslaught of the AIDS epidemic, someone who demonized and vilified us for political gain and someone who used religion to divide rather than unite our nation.”

Falwell's faith should not allow his hateful rhetoric to become obscured. Take, for example, this outburst in the wake of 9/11:

"I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen.'"

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