Raw, adjective: 11. unprocessed or unevaluated

So Jerry Falwell has died. What a difficult kind of reaction to have to wrestle with. You never want to celebrate the loss of a human life, ever - remembering that that person, however controversial and frustrating his presence in the world might've been, had children, a wife, family, friends, people who will miss him desperately when he is gone.

But then you've got the same anger about all the bullshit he was responsible for. Pretty single-handedly charging up the religious right in American politics. Founding the Moral Majority. Making asinine connections between the Sept. 11 attacks and progressive ethics. Check out this old gem from the days following the Trade Center collapse, for instance:

"The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say, 'You helped this happen.' "

I dunno what to say. So much of my own personal interests in radical theology and anti-religious activism come from the absolute bile guys like Falwell stir up, the ways they have convoluted reactionary socio-economic agendas with a supposed base in Christian faith, the complete co-optation of public dialogue on morality with some false notion of faith-based activism. And yet, he was just a guy, who had a family, who will miss him...

So what can you say?


Anonymous said…
You can say thanks to him for helping make you the rad lady you are now. Without people like Jerry Falwell many of us would never have the opportunity to recognize how far in the OTHER direction we lean...although I am positive that my mother is in mourning...ah, the PK's.

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