I was surprised by the death of Jerry Falwell today. I am having a hard time knowing what to think of this situation, but I know there are a lot of strong opions out there. I was reading the comments section about the story on ThinkProgress.org, and I have to say, I was disheartened to see the joy and gloating that some people had from another person's death. I have never been able to get my head around the idea of being pleased that someone died, and it reminded me of another situation in which I had similar feeling; when I read that Saddam Hussein had been killed. Obviously that was a more major event in world history, but I similary had the feeling that there was probably a little less hatred in the world after his passing. I could not, however, feel good about his death. Instead, I wish comfort to his family and friends, and the mercy of God on his soul.
Disagree? Have your own strong opinions? Let me know in the comments. How does anyone else feel?
Jerry Falwell is just like those dummies in the Taliban.. just some right wing nutjob whose ideas were bogging down American society.. Good riddance to bad rubbish and I hope he enjoys his spot in hell.. and if there is a heaven, I don't want to be in it if they accept clowns like falwell
comment by Anonymous, 5/16/2007 6:52 PM
I have to admit, I felt a certain glee when I first read that Jerry Falwell was dead. I felt that it was a small victory for all that is decent and good. I still feel that way, but I've beaten back the desire to dance in the streets. I think that wishing death upon someone else corrupts your soul. Being that hateful would make me just like Jerry Falwell.
comment by Anonymous, 5/17/2007 9:26 AM
You are certainly right that there have been a lot of vitriolic comments on the left-wing blogs. While I agree with them that his thoughts and opinions were full of hate and seem quite anti-Christian (to me, anyway), I can't say that being joyful over anyone's death is a good thing. I don't care what somebody has done, I don't celebrate death. I feel the same discomfort every time somebody on death row is executed.