Jerry Falwell dead

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Jerry Falwell dead

Post by sparkchaser » Tue May 15, 2007 11:22 am

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/05/15/jerry. ... index.html
(CNN) -- Evangelist Jerry Falwell died Tuesday after he was found unresponsive in his office, an official at Liberty University told CNN.

Falwell, 73, was rushed to a Lynchburg, Virginia, hospital, where he was given CPR.

Falwell founded the Moral Majority in 1979 and is a nationally known voice for conservative Christian views.

In 1956, the 22-year-old minister started Thomas Road Baptist Church with just 35 members, according to his Web site. The church now has more than 24,000 members.

Shortly after starting the Lynchburg church, Falwell began broadcasting the "Old Time Gospel Hour" radio and television ministries.

He founded Liberty University in 1971.

Falwell has found himself at the center of several controversies, such as the one sparked by his comments two days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in which he seemed to blame "abortionists," gays, lesbians, the ACLU and People for American Way for causing the attacks, saying they "helped this happen."

On September 14, 2001, he told CNN that he would "never blame any human being except the terrorists, and if I left that impression with gays or lesbians or anyone else, I apologize."

Falwell was hospitalized twice in early 2005 with acute onset pulmonary edema, or congestive heart failure, and at one point was placed on a ventilator.

He and his wife, Macel, have three children.

Lynchburg is going to be a madhouse with mourners pouring in from all over the world plus the inevitable media circus. I think I need to find an excuse to leave town for a few days.
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Post by Sam » Tue May 15, 2007 11:40 am

Rob, thanks for posting that. I got to hear Jerry Falwell preach in Bellevue church here and he brought Charles Billingsley (who my wife LOVES, and loves to look at). He may have been maligned for politics, but down from the pulpit, after the service, he seemed like a sweet man.

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Post by MOSES » Tue May 15, 2007 11:54 am

Well, I'd say he was horribly misguided, at least in my opinion, but I suppose he tried to do what he thought was right.

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Post by honkdonker » Tue May 15, 2007 1:06 pm

Everyone has their opinion on this fellow. I say let's let him rest in peace for the time being.

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Post by drmoss_ca » Tue May 15, 2007 3:30 pm

honkdonker wrote:I say let's let him rest in peace for the time being.
That almost sounds like we might dig him up later and play with him - but no, surely not. Even razor fanatics aren't that weird.

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Post by Banihex » Tue May 15, 2007 3:52 pm

Chris
That almost sounds like we might dig him up later and play with him - but no, surely not. Even razor fanatics aren't that weird.

Chris
Quite possibly the funniest thing I have ever read on this forum, timing was perfect, wasn't expecting a thing.

RIP Jerry

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Post by paperpundit » Tue May 15, 2007 4:00 pm

Chris, that had me actually laughing out loud. Now my wife is convinced that wet shaving is some sort of mental illness...

Jerry, we would never see eye to eye on politics, or probably just about anything else. Still, you were one heck of a preacher, and I hope you are rewarded for your soul saving efforts in the great beyond.

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Post by merkur07 » Thu May 17, 2007 11:48 am

My mother taught me, "If you can't say someting nice about somebody..."
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Post by slcsteve » Thu May 17, 2007 12:59 pm

merkur07 wrote:My mother taught me, "If you can't say someting nice about somebody..."
It's unfortunate that your Mother didn't pass that wisdom on to Falwell.
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Post by sparkchaser » Thu May 17, 2007 1:12 pm

I see that everyone's favorite nutjob Fred Phelps plans on protesting at Falwell's funeral: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,273313,00.html
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Post by TorzJohnson » Thu May 17, 2007 1:22 pm

sparkchaser wrote:I see that everyone's favorite nutjob Fred Phelps plans on protesting at Falwell's funeral: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,273313,00.html
Like most religious fanatics, Phelps and his crew believe they're the only ones holy enough to get into heaven. Frankly, I wouldn't be too crazy about spending eternity with a bunch of jerks like that.
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Post by MOSES » Thu May 17, 2007 1:27 pm

TorzJohnson wrote:Like most religious fanatics, Phelps and his crew believe they're the only ones holy enough to get into heaven. Frankly, I wouldn't be too crazy about spending eternity with a bunch of jerks like that.
Well, as Mark Twain said, all the interesting people are in hell.....


And I am going to violate Robert's mother's excellent rule here, and say that Phelps actions are not only an affront to my religion, which he claims to share, but downright despicable. Even in this case, I am no fan of Rev. Falwell, although for the opposite reasons, but protesting at ANYONE's funeral is about as low as it gets.

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Post by GollyMrScience » Thu May 17, 2007 11:54 pm

Mark Twain is also credited with a reply to the question of which place would he rather go - Heaven or Hell.
He answered "Heaven for the climate - Hell for the company".
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Post by rtaylor61 » Fri May 18, 2007 12:15 am

I am no fan of Falwell, but his passing means that someone has lost a loved one. While you may not like him, you have to respect that fact. Let's just let this rest.

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Post by merkur07 » Fri May 18, 2007 5:02 pm

Assuming if they do get to heaven, Phelps or Falwell, won't it be interesting who they see up there?

I can only hope Falwell's mansion is next to Oscar Wilde's. :wink:

Otherwise, I was always tought, "if you can't say anything nice about someone, better not to say aything at all."
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Post by MercV12 » Fri May 18, 2007 5:40 pm

A great Christian with the courage to speak truth, and a great American. He will be missed by many. He made a difference. In fact, if not for Jerry Falwell, Ronald Reagan could have lost, and America would have been a much different place.
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Post by slcsteve » Fri May 18, 2007 6:00 pm

I think that i'm going to be ill.
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Post by Furrball2 » Fri May 18, 2007 7:11 pm

Slate.com had an interesting eulogy for Fallwell.
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Post by drmoss_ca » Sat May 19, 2007 3:56 am

Remember, gentlemen, that we have Posting Guidelines that will cause posts with inflammatory religious or political content to be deleted.

I too am biting my tongue, but it's for the good of the forum.

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Post by HLSheppard » Sat May 19, 2007 11:31 am

I, too, am biting my tongue. Only because it's amazing how people's definitions of "tolerance" only seem to go one way...

I doubt very much that anyone who has commented here actually knew the man that most so evidently dislike/despise.
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