Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Jerry Falwell dead, 73

From the AP via CNN:

LYNCHBURG, Virginia (AP) -- The Rev. Jerry Falwell has died, a Liberty
University executive said Tuesday. He was 73.

Earlier, the executive said Falwell was hospitalized in "gravely
serious" condition after being found unconscious in his office.

Ron Godwin, the executive vice president of Falwell's Liberty
University, said Falwell was found unresponsive around 10:45 a.m. and taken to
Lynchburg General Hospital. Godwin said he was not sure what caused the
collapse, but "he has a history of heart challenges."

"I had breakfast with him, and he was fine at breakfast," Godwin said.
"He went to his office, I went to mine and they found him unresponsive."

Falwell, a television evangelist who founded the Moral Majority, became
the face of the religious right in the 1980s. He later founded the conservative
Liberty University and serves as its president.

Falwell survived two serious health scares in early 2005. He was
hospitalized for two weeks with what was described as a viral infection, then
hospitalized again a few weeks later after going into respiratory arrest.

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Forgive me if I shed only Crocodile tears. This man was a blight on decency. It's unfortunate that he has died, and I of course send my condolences to his loved ones, however, that's more than he offered to the victims' families during 9/11. I don't mean to slander the recently deceased, or to fiddle on his grave, but it's difficult to mourn the death of someone who stood for intolerance, hate, and discrimination. I suppose this lets Giuliani and Romney off the hook for having to speak at any graduation ceremonies at Liberty University.