Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Jerry Falwell's Legacy of Hate and Mediocrity

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Via Mustang Bobby, Alan Wolfe has an excellent reflection in Salon about Jerry Falwell's legacy. I especially like this part:

... To the religious life of the United States [Falwell] made no significant contribution. But to the political life of the country, he made one: He founded the Moral Majority. In so doing, Falwell managed to take something holy -- one does not have to be a Christian to admire the life and teachings of Jesus Christ -- and turned it into something partisan and divisive. Falwell, the quintessential conservative Christian, was always more conservative than Christian. To the extent that history will remember him, it will be as a politician, not as a preacher.

And to that I say: Amen.

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