DISCLAIMER: I don't really buy into the concepts of "GOOD" or "EVIL". I think they bring supernatural beliefs into the concepts of "RIGHT" and "WRONG", which I do believe in very strongly.
Jerry Falwell was one of those self-important, self-righteous, pompous asses who decided that they needed to dictate to the rest of the world what was and was not going to be allowed and worked through lobbyists and right-wing, zealot politicians to achieve their political goals.
There is an absolute, direct, chain of responsibility starting with Jerry Falwell, running through Pat Robertson, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, Jimmy Swaggert, the election of Ronald Reagan and George Bush, Oliver North/Iran-Contra, the election of George W. Bush and the ascendancy of people like Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condi Rice, Paul Wolfowitz, the War in Iraq and the deaths of over 3,000 American soldiers.
That is why many on the right and in the Republican party are extolling his virtues while being carefull to do it from a distance.
Falwell liked to preach about Absolute, Eternal Truths.
I have a real fucking problem with that.
Once you announce that you Know THE TRUTH, that means that anyone who disagrees with you is automagically WRONG!
Let me repeat, I have a real fucking problem with that.
Nothing in this life, absolutely NOTHING, is that absolute. Only people looking for an easy life devoid of any critical analysis or thought, only people who are content to be told what is true because they are too intellectually lazy to make their own decisions are content with such a lame-ass philisophical framework.
"Good" is always you and people who think like you.
"Evil" is always "everybody else".
It doesn't work that way.
Everyone wants to think that they are the good guys. The terrorists planting IEDs and killing Americans don't think they are "evil-doers" working for Satan. They think they are good guys fighting for Allah. They think WE are the bad guys.
The radical Muslims are so sure that they are right that they will not tolerate any opposing views. Sharia Law, the most fundemental Muslim point of view, extracts harsh penalties for the slightest wavering doubt.
Fundementalist Christians are no different. Go watch Jesus Camp.
The concepts of Good and Evil are not absolute. They depend on your perspective, your education, your indoctrination, your culture, your experience and your world view.
So when anyone tells me that they have an absolute LOCK on The Truth and that anyone who disagrees with them is not only wrong, but also EVIL...the bullshit flags start waving like a motherfucker.
I got no patience with people wearing idealogical blinders, unable to accept different points of view.
Good luck, Jerry. I hope for your sake that you were right. Because if you weren't...man! Sucks to be you.
Any chance Lucifer can put a bit of cooling, soothing, medicating lube on that flaming ass-fork?
Maybe you should pray for that. Let us all know how that works out for you.