I guess since Bizzy takes a shot at me (ostensibly for something I didn’t write), and shuts down comments – I’ll comment here. First off, I asked Brian to blog here and I’m not in the habit of trying to police that. I don’t have to agree with him always or with Joe either – or anyone else I invite to blog on PB. In fact, I find it healthy to not have 3 or 4 Eric’s all blogging like me. I stand by his right to blog in his own way and with his own voice.

As for the content of the post you refer to, I happen to agree with Brian that Falwell was not in any way doing the Lord’s work – from what I understand of the teachings of Christ (I was raised in a Catholic family). I did not comment on the question of heaven or hell because I don’t take up such question in my practice.

On keeping company with the likes of Fred Phelps, I’m on record as opposing about everything they are about. Seems to me that Falwell’s brand of contempt for the gay community would line up pretty well with “God Hates Fags”, but hell I can’t figure any of these groups out. Who knows?

I completely stand by statements I’ve made highlighting hatred that Jerry spewed and sarcastically thanking him for everything. I’ll also stand by having wished him whatever peace his life’s work affords him. He deserves that.

I do find it funny that those who go absolutely apoplectic on other 9/11 conspiracies would defend a guy who thought feminists and pagans were somehow responsible for the towers coming down.

Nice update on your post. I kinda like proprietor. I like decider better, but proprietor will do.

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  • Nice post Eric. When I first heard Falwell had died, I was actually pretty ambivalent. However, the more I thought about what he had done over his lifetime, the more angry I got.

    I too was raised Catholic, and Falwell (and Catholic League headmaster Bill Donohue, for that matter) don’t mesh with the understanding of Christianity I gained as I grew up attending Catholic school, getting confirmed, etc. It’s true that I no longer have Faith. But that doesn’t mean I can’t spot someone “misusing” religion.

    It certainly is troubling that Fred Phelps agrees with me. As a matter of fact, I rather regretted the post title after I published the post (I had come up with something better). I do strongly disagree with Phelps when it comes to picketing at funerals; even funerals for people as hurtful as Falwell. Funerals are not the place to make political statements, they are for friends and families to grieve, and I have little doubt that Falwell’s friends and family are grieving. They should be allowed to do so in peace.

    Eric has given me the freedom to post free of editorial control here, and I try to take that seriously. It’s a tremendous privilege, and I thank him for it. I try to be mindful about what I post, and recognize that what I say reflects on not only myself, but Plunderbund and “liberalism” at large. In the end, my conviction that Falwell was ultimately a “bad thing” for modern America was what made me press the “publish” button.

    As always, I welcome comments and discussions on every post I make here, from every single person who reads Plunderbund. Including Bizzy, and including this topic.

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