19 May 2007

Jerry Falwell

Well the vicious "Christian" died this week. Falwell did as much as anyone in recent decades to sow bigotry and intolerance in the United States. (Need examples? Look here for starters.) I found it pretty stunning how fawning the coverage of his death seemed to be. Then I came across this clip over at 3QuarksDaily in which Christopher Hitchens, with whom I disagree on many things, calls Falwell for what he was. Hitchens is truly boorish much of the time - in addition to being wrong on, say, Iraq - but here his inability to control himself serves us well. Hitchens injects the sort of skeptical view that we need in dealing with fundamentalism.

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