Originally Posted by Jubelum
No, I am not saying that at all... just an aside for your benefit, since you made the point.
A basic pause of respect for a dead human is a constant cross-culturally.
The appraisal of their legacy while a living person is another thing altogether, generally done after that above.
My issue is that the human loss was ignored in deference to an instant outpouring of hatred and a particularly distasteful variety of schadenfreude. And considering the sources of such postings, I think it was particularly hypocritical.
Look, bottom line; Jesus preached and lived love and tolerance. Period.
Anyone who supports, justifies and spreads dissent and division - and Falwell and his supporters DO exactly that - is not a follwer of Jesus.
Of 'Christianity' maybe. Of the Republican Party almost certainly. Of the Church - perhaps on a good day but of Jesus....no.
So let's just call it like it is and take it from there. Then we can start talking about respect or otherwise.
No-one is deserving of respect because they happen to die...that is going to happen to us all just like it happens to every being that ever lived (except God).
There ain't no respect due for that. It's HOW you LIVED.
Now...back on topic...
What will his legacy be? Well, how about the Wonderful University
so eulogized by a poster above?
"The jury is still out on global warming," said the Rev Falwell, in a sermon broadcast on the internet in February this year.
"Despite all the hype by liberal politicians, the media, Hollywood and so forth, it is not yet proven by any means that greenhouse gas emissions are the cause of global warming."
His word is taken as gospel by the university's students.
One, Sharon Langat, says she thinks the attention paid to climate change is out of proportion.
"We should pay more attention to other global issues apart from global warming. I know there's money put there, I just don't think we should put that much money in there."
A lesson taught by Dr Thomas Ice, Liberty University's senior theologian, focuses on headaches like Armageddon, salvation and the Second Coming.
"It's a hoax, certainly," he says. "I think global warming is being used like many political issues to try to move the world from nationalism to internationalism or global governance."
Rigorous academic standards there. But let's not forget that Falwell also did his bit in the area of Middle Eastern Research and Inter-Faith Harmony when after 5 minutes rigorous skmming of fifth-hand sources he declared Muhammad was a terrorist
because he was a 'man of war'.
Well so is Bush. So was Moses, David and Joshua. So would Falwell himself be given half the chance as he supported war at every turn - but no matter. This is the peak of intellectual acumen and theological brilliance we are suppposed to 'respect'.
I say to do so would be demeaning to the human mind, demeaning to any sense of morality and human feeling and if there was such a thing as sin then it would probably be one of those too.